Viola E. “Vi” Johnson
April 25, 1933 ‒ September 27, 2018
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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.