Viola E. “Vi” Johnson

April 25, 1933 ‒ September 27, 2018

Chesterville, Ohio

Viola E. “Vi” Johnson, age 85, of Chesterville, passed away peacefully Thursday morning September 27, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 25, 1933 near Mount Gilead, OH to the late Walter G. “Jack” and Bernice L. (Jagger) Miller. She graduated from Chesterville High School with the class of 1951.

Her love for her family was abundant. She was always first to host a gathering or have a special occasion. Vi loved to entertain and was a marvelous cook, enjoyed canning, and making applesauce for her grandkids.  She made the best homemade ice cream ever.

She loved animals, especially horses, and enjoyed being outside working in the garden or helping wherever needed on the farm, often raking hay. She absolutely loved mowing her yard.

She attended every sporting event or horse show that her grandchildren were in. She enjoyed watching truck and tractor pulls.

She traveled extensively and enjoyed many trips abroad. She lived in India for two years. Viola was a snowbird and spent many winters in Braden Castle Park, Bradenton, Florida.

Vi retired in 1992 from Continental Can Co. after 25 years of service.

She was a member of Chester Baptist Church where she was a pianist for 70+ years. She was also a member of Evelyn Chapter #146 of the Ohio Eastern Star. She enjoyed playing for the Heritage Days Medicine Show in Chesterville. She would always make a joyful sound wherever she went.

Her first husband, Garfield Keen, was killed in a farm accident on June 25, 1975.

She married Charles C. “Kip” Johnson on March 5, 1982 and together they enjoyed life to the fullest.

Survivors include her husband, Charles C. “Kip” Johnson, daughter, Cheri L. (Larry) Ulrey, son, Terry W. (Debra) Keen, daughter, Suzanne K. (Calvin) Walters, son, Michael L. (Lisa) Keen. Step-Children: David Johnson, Doug (Heather) Johnson, and Vera Johnson. Nine grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.  A sister, Barbara Tobin and a sister-in-law, JoEllyn (Dave) Black.

In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Walter G. Keen.

Viola was a strong and beautiful woman who made a positive impression on everyone she met. She touched the lives around her and was close to all of her family. She will be sadly missed by all that knew her.

Vi’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  An Eastern Star Service will conclude the visitation.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 with Pastor Chuck Wythe officiating.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorials in Viola’s memory may be made to Chester Baptist Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Viola’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • So sorry, Cheri and Larry and the rest of the family. May your mom’s music continue in Heaven.

  • So sorry to hear about Vi’s passing, she will be greatly missed by all of her friends at Braden Castle and her Red Hat friends, prayers to Kip and family.

  • Buster and Debbie! So sorry to read that your mother/mother-in-law has passed away.
    Her obituary is written with so much love. Know I’m thinking of you. Losing a parent is a sad time at any age! Please give my condolences to Kip also!

  • We certainly loved that lady! She was the first to welcome us into the church and her hugs were so very warm and meaningful. Praying the Lord comforts and gives strength to Kip, her children and all who loved her.

  • Love and prayers to the family! Vi always greeted you with a smile, although she endured many tragedies in her life! She will be missed…..along with her beautiful music! God Bless!

  • Larry & Cheri, I am so sorry to see of your Mother’s passing. Prayers for you and the kids for comfort knowing she is with Jesus now.

  • love And prayers to all. Vi s smile was her trademark. Never saw her any other way. Another of the cousins has crossed over. I have Fond memories of reunions and “cousin breakfasts” An empty spot in your lives I’m sure. May God bless and keep you with his grace and love

  • Sending heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I was one of the many who enjoyed how she could make a piano sing with seemingly little effort. I know she was dearly loved and will ever be missed.

  • A sad time for you and your dad. I wish you prayers and sounds like you will have many sweet memories. This will warm you and dad.

  • So sorry to hear of Vi’s passing and our prayers go out to you Kip and all your family at this sad time. We know she loved the lord and you both have served Him well. We will meet up again some time in heaven. Old Betty & Bill “Yo” and family.

  • So sorry to hear of Vi’s passing. I know how hard it is to lose such a your mom. May you feel God’s loving peace over the coming days as you remember all the wonderful family memories. Love to you all.

  • Viola was always a role model for me from the beginning of my teenage years. Her beauty, talent, smile, compassion for others could be unmatched! My love goes to her family at this difficult time.

  • To Kippy & Family,
    So glad we had that “annual cousins reunion” just a few short weeks ago. And I got to sit by Vi! What a wonderful lady she was, always smiling,gracious, & soft spoken. Surely going to miss seeing her.
    So very sorry for your loss, Kippy. Love, hugs & prayers to you. And very sorry we won’t be there; Florence brought us to NC early.
    Jeanne & Dennis

  • Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Vi loved her family and she will be truly missed and will always be remembered. We love you so much. Love Tom, Cindy and John Tom

  • So sorry for your loss. May your memories put a smile on your face and bring you peace. You are in my thoughts.

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. It was a special time for the three of us to spend time with your family during Viola’s 85th birthday celebration.
    We extend our condolences to your family. It is hard to experience the passing of parents but a joy when we know they have lived for Him and now experiencing heaven. I know she must be playing “When We All Get to Heaven.” Her love for her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are all living testimonies to everyone. We consider it a blessing to have known her.
    May God give you comfort and peace.