Vivian “Joy” Marilyn (Fullmer) Ytterhus, 84, of Nashua, NH

1940 - 2024

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Vivian “Joy” Marilyn (Fullmer) Ytterhus, 84, of Nashua, NH, died June 21, 2024. She was married to the late J. Arthur Ytterhus.

Best described as a life-long learner with a love for dance, creativity, and well-being, Vivian grew up in Chicago and attended schools where her father and uncle were principals. She attended the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana and the University of Chicago and earned her BA in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa.

She married Art Ytterhus on January 3, 1960, and their daughter Kari was born in 1962. She moved with her daughter and husband to California where Art worked in the early rocket industry. They spent three years in Denmark to be near Art’s family and 12 years in Iowa, and then settled in Massachusetts for 34 years. Vivian spent the last 7 years in Nashua, NH.

Along the way, Vivian was a secretary in a number of institutions, a radio announcer for public radio, a massage therapist, editor, proofreader, and indexer. She danced in a semi-professional concert dance company, Metro Dance Theatre, and was instrumental in forming and serving on its Board of Directors.

Vivian participated eight times in The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), a 500-mile trek across the state attracting thousands of participants. Her hobbies have included cycling, dancing, gardening, and making jewelry based on the harmonics of music. She always said her goal was to “live each day lovingly.”

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband J. Arthur Ytterhus, her parents, Claran Emmitt Fullmer and Vivian Fullmer, and sisters Marjorie Q. Fullmer, Virginia Fullmer, and Dorothy (Fullmer) Bright and brother-in-law, Richard Bright.

She is survived by her daughter Kari Ytterhus, her brother and sister-in-law Edward Fullmer and Lois Fullmer, nephews Richard Allen Bright, Sara Jo (Fullmer) Hampton, and Jay Fullmer and his wife Wendy, and the extended family of Al & Julie Brattset, cousins of Art Ytterhus.


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Vivian “Joy” Marilyn Fullmer Ytterhus, Nashua, NH, died June 21, 2024. There will be private family celebration at a future date. Memorials may be made in her name to or

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1 Condolences for Vivian “Joy” Marilyn (Fullmer) Ytterhus, 84, of Nashua, NH

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    p. conrad


    My condolences to Kari and family. I do read obituaries for many people.
    Your mother was quite the woman! She did so much! I envy her life and hope you are very proud of her.


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