Lianne Aiken Obituary (2021) – Salt Lake City, UT

Lianne Gibson Aiken


Bountiful, UT Lianne Gibson Aiken died on November 12, 2021 at the age of 86. Lianne was born on April 18, 1935, the second daughter of James Leland Gibson and Fern Wayment Gibson. Joyce, the middle of three girls, was in charge and Carolyn was her best friend.

For as long as she could remember, Lianne had been fond of flowers. As a young girl she knew where every beautiful garden was in the town of Ogden. Since she was old enough to push the lawnmower, she took care of her family’s garden. Her love for gardens continued with a beautiful garden in every home she lived in. Every spring she looked forward to planting her flower gardens and even won several unsolicited beautification awards.

Music was an important part of her life. She played the piano, organ, and viola, and performed with Joyce and Carolyn at many civil, church, and social events throughout the Ogden area.

Lianne graduated from Ogden High School in 1953. She attended Weber College for two years and graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in home economics education in 1957. After graduation, she began teaching at Central Junior High School. She taught at Central for over 20 years and only took one break when her children were born. She later moved to the Salt Lake area from 1981 to 1988, where she taught at South High School. After South High closed in 1988, she moved to West High School until 1990. She loved teaching and specialized in sewing with an emphasis on clothing. She also taught home economics, groceries, child development, and consumer education. She worked very hard and influenced the lives of her students for the better. Later in life, previous students remembered her and thanked her for everything they learned in their classes.

Lianne married Harry Alexander in the Salt Lake Temple in 1960 and they had three wonderful children. They later divorced. On March 19, 1987, Lianne married Leon Aiken and they were happily married for 28 years.

Lianne was a devoted member of Latter-day Saints Church of Jesus Christ and served many years in many callings, including as a ward organist. What she enjoyed most was serving as a Relief Society teacher.

She leaves behind her children Ted Gibson Alexander (Lisa), George Phillip Alexander (Vikky) and Stephanie Lynne Alexander Fleming (Gordon), seven grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and her sister Carolyn Verkler. She was led to her death by her husband Leon and sister Joyce.

A viewing will be held at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, Utah, on Friday, November 19, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, followed by the funeral at 10:00 am

The family would like to thank Lianne for the compassionate care given to Lianne by the caregivers at the Inn at Barton Creek, Rocky Mountain Hospice, and Brenda Bowen. Her dedication to serving Lianne gave her peace and contentment. –

Published by Deseret News November 15-16, 2021.

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