Vivian Young Pender, 93, of Mooresville, N.C., passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

She was born on August 23, 1927, in Iredell County, N.C., to the late Junie Lee Young and Dollie Levan Young. Mrs. Pender worked for many years for H.C. Cobb and later retired from Davidson College. Retirement did not suit her, so she worked 20 more years with her son at the General Store of Denver and Buffalo Shoals Supermarket and Hardware.

Vivian was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, who was loved by many, and her undying Christian faith was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was a lifelong member of Mooresville Church of God in Mooresville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard “Pete” Eugene Pender Sr.; daughter, Marilyn Holshouser; son, Rev. James Thomas Pender; son-in-law, Jack Jones; brother, Partee Young; sisters, Lorene Hager, Naomi Talbert, Ruth Dyson, and Sarah Young; and grandson, Chris Jackson.

She is survived by her children, Howard “Pete” Pender Jr., Aundria Jones, Dollie Jackson and husband Jack; son-in-law, Howard Holshouser; grandchildren, Anne Marie Boeckel, Beth Ann Hinton, Kim Ford, Becky Lewis, Angie Gilbert, Madison Thomas, Holden Pender, and Haley Crawford; and great grandchildren, Max, Gabi, and Tea Boeckel, Lori Beth Hinton, Devon Shook, Kandon and Adison Ford, McKinna, Jaylen, and Brett Lewis, Abby, Jackson, and Trenton Gilbert, Marlayna Gonzalez, Vivian Thomas, and Waylon Crawford; and very special friends, Phil and Sue Moore, Brian Shipman, and Jan Ervin.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Mooresville Church of God with Rev. Donnie Wise and Rev. Robert Jackson officiating. Burial will follow the service at Glenwood Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Mooresville Church of God, 520 Brawley Avenue, Mooresville, NC 28115.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Pender family. Condolences may be made to the family at

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  1. Dollie, I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. Prayers for God to be with you and your family at this sad time ….Dovie Beaver

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