Grace Mary Ivers Gallivan, 84, a member of one of Utah's pioneering mining families and the wife of former Salt Lake Tribune Publisher John W. Gallivan, died Tuesday afternoon in her home of heart failure.
The life of Mrs. Gallivan, a mother of four and a fortress of her Catholic faith, reached across her family's historic Park City mining roots to play a varied and active role in the affairs of her church and Utah.
Her church activities included membership in the Catholic Women's League, the Cathedral Altar Society and many hours of service at the former Holy Cross Hospital (now Salt Lake Regional Medical Center). In 1999, Pope John Paul II named her a Dame of the Order St. Gregory the Great, the highest honor bestowed upon a lay person, for lifelong service to the Catholic church.
In civic affairs, Mrs. Gallivan was active in the Salt Lake Junior League for many years, served on the board of Neighborhood House and the Sarah Daft Home, and was an honorary member of Town Club. "She always had a quiet, but strong presence in the community," said Monsignor M. Francis Mannion, rector of Salt Lake's Cathedral of the Madeleine, where Mrs. Gallivan was a lifelong parishioner.
Indeed, Mrs. Gallivan on more than one occasion recounted how all the pivotal events of her life -- baptism, first communion, marriage -- took place in the cathedral.
An exceptionally kind and caring woman, Mrs. Gallivan was a gracious hostess, whether to visiting members of the Kennedy clan or a thirsty copyboy, delivering page proofs to her publisher husband.
Monsignor J. Terrence Fitzgerald, vicar general of the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese, said of Mrs. Gallivan, "Her consistency, optimism, enthusiasm and integrity have encouraged and supported many of the finest developments in the greater Salt Lake area. She truly reflected the strong Irish roots of her heritage."Comment on this story
Mrs. Gallivan is survived by her husband of 62 years; four children, Grace Mary "Gay" McDonough (Edward J.), J.W. Gallivan Jr. (Stephanie), Michael D. Gallivan (Sharee), all of Salt Lake City, Timothy Gallivan (Pamela) of New York City; nine grandchildren, Edward J. McDonough, Jr., Moscow, Idaho, Michael Roger McDonough (Renon) of Salt Lake, Grace Anne McDonough of Washington, D.C., Molly Jack Gallivan of New York City, Michael D. "Duffy" Gallivan, Jr., Meghan Gallivan of Salt Lake, Amy Todd Gallivan of New York City, J.W. Gallivan III, Katherine Gallivan of Salt Lake. She also leaves a brother, John C. Ivers of Salt Lake City and a sister, Marcie Caffey of Pinehurst, NC.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 333 E. South Temple. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.