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Vivian Severson

I retired from AXA Equitable in Farmington, CT in July of 2017 after 14 years. I previously worked at MONY, The Hartford, Aetna and two chiropractic offices in my 50 years of living in Connecticut. I moved back to Iowa to enjoy my family. I have 12 great nieces and nephews, all under the age of 15. I have a sister and brother along with their families and most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins in the surrounding areas.

I am originally from Roland, Iowa where I grew up on a farm. I attended church in Roland and went to school at NESCO (Zearing/McCallsburg). I was confirmed at Bergen Lutheran Church in Roland where I met Carolyn Yorgensen and Nancy Eischen. We were confirmed together. After graduating from NESCO, went to Medical Assisting school in Milwaukee, WI and graduated as a medical assistant. My first job was at Mary Greeley Hospital as a Unit Secretary. Then I moved to Connecticut.

Carolyn and Nancy were instrumental in introducing me to Ames First UMC. I came with them a few times and decided this is the church for me. I knew I made the right decision.

I love visiting new places, I hope to travel more, and see new Iowa sites. I enjoy taking pictures of different scenery and people. I love crafts and my cat Prince “Harry” Houdini.  My only claim to fame is, I parachuted out of a plane in my early twenties. I made a perfect landing and it was a very memorable accomplishment. One time was enough for me, though! At that time, you jumped by yourself from the plane with only a static line to open your main chute. If it did not open, you had to open your reserve chute. Luckily, the main shut opened! At least I have one jump documented in my log book! Now I keep two feet on the ground!

Address: 516 Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010

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