Necoline "Neco" Borgeson
Necoline Lavina Borgeson, the second child of Andrew A. Borgeson, Sr and Johanna Van Tussenbroek Borgeson, born in Tropic, Utah, January 3, 1927, passed away October 4, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. During her lifetime she lived in the Utah cities of Montecello, Fountain Green, and Santaquin. She also in her adult years, lived in the states of New Mexico and Texas, many of those years in Fort Worth, Texas.
Her growing up years were principally spent in Santaquin, Utah, where she was educated in elementary and junior high schools, graduating from Payson, Utah high school, and BYU. Along with being very musically talented, singing and playing trumpet to work her way through school, she also excelled in other ways, including helping on her father’s farm, caring for a variety of animals and working with horses.
After graduating from BYU, she served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints in the Spanish American Mission, becoming fluent in the Spanish Language, and increasing her love for the Southwest area of the country. Returning home, she taught school close by for a year. then later moved to New Mexico where she taught first grade, helping Spanish speaking students learn English. She also continued using her talents in the church and community. When New Mexico schools began to insist that only English be used in the schools, she was disappointed. At that time she chose to spend more time as a
professional musician, playing with a combo based in Texas. She still continued to teach in Fort Worth, Texas where they welcomed her ability to help Spanish speaking first grade children.
Being part of the Mari Leito combo, led her to join Mari in purchasing a home, which they shared. Both Lavina, who performed on flute, trumpet, guitar and singing, and Mari continued to perform and record, well into their 80s, long after other fellow musicians retired.
Though she lived far from Santaquin Lavina frequently returned to Santaquin to spend time with family and help where help might be needed. After the death of her father, she increased her times with her mother.
Her suitors were many but she remained single, caring for others who were in need of a friend and helper. Many children had a better start in education because she chose to teach, and lives were also made brighter because she shared her talents.
A loving gift of service was working with associations that treated animals in need of homes or help. She worked patiently with them all and loved them dearly. Two of those sweet dogs shared her love to the end and stayed near her during her last days on earth.
Lavina’s parents and siblings Jo Marie Bray, Clara Goudy, and June Hubner welcomed her in Heaven. Carolyn Shelley, Cane Beds, Utah;. Andrew A. Borgeson, Jr, Mona, Utah; and Nellie Morgan, Santaquin Utah; plus her good friend Mari Leito in Fort Worth Texas will miss her for a time but know that Families are Forever.