LOWVILLE-Viola B. Vary, 88, formerly of Brookside Senior Living Community, died Tuesday evening, May 29, 2012 at Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility where she had resided since May, 2009.
Viola was born on September 16, 1923 in Copenhagen, NY, a daughter of the late Dewey A. and Mary Ferrance Bickford. Viola attended the one room South Champion Country School on Route 12 and graduated from Copenhagen Central School in 1939. She rode the first school bus Copenhagen ever had. She married Mason Vary, Jr. on September 20, 1941 in the Copenhagen First Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Martin officiating. Mr. Vary passed away October 30, 2003. They were married for 62 years.
Viola is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Albert) Roberts, Watertown and Suzanne (Michael) Anderson, Port Republic, Maryland and one son, Roger (Sandra) Vary of Lowville, 8 grandchildren, David Roberts, Dennis Roberts, Victoria Brownell, Kenneth M. Vary, Renee Vary, Nathan Vary, Matthew Whitehurst, Jessica Whitehurst; 9 great grandchildren, Chelsa Roberts, Maylyn Roberts, Kellyn Roberts, Curtis Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Steven Langridge, Christi Villamarin, Chelsey Langridge, Senobia Brooks and 2 great, great grandchildren, Alexander and Joseph Villamarin. Viola is also survived by a sister, Cecelia Hebert, a sister-in-law, Mary VandeWalker and nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by a son, Kenneth, who passed away September 16, 2008 and a brother, Chester, who passed away March 21, 2005.
Viola was Copenhagen Village Clerk and Treasurer for 17 years, 1957-1974. She was Town Clerk of Denmark from 1962-1968 and Copenhagen Central School tax collector and part time typist from 1972-1982. She retired in 1982.
Viola was a faithful member of the Copenhagen Methodist Church and later the United Church of Copenhagen and the Lowville Methodist Church after their move to Brookside in 1996. Viola was a member of Floyd Lyng American Legion Post 723 Auxiliary and a 50 year plus member of the Rural Letter Carrier Auxiliary in which she held State and Lewis County offices. Viola was a past member of the North Country Swingers and was one of the first volunteers for Lewis County Hospice.
Viola and Mace spent winters in Auburndale, Florida for six years before moving to Brookside in 1996. Viola was a compassionate friend and neighbor to many and was known for her pies and homemade rolls as well as her gift of knitting baby sweaters and hats. Her life has been a great example of Christian values and unwavering faith in God and service to the Lord.
A funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville, with Rev. Beth ONeil, Pastor of Lowville United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service in the Riverside Cemetery, Copenhagen. Calling hours are Friday, June 1, 2012 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Activities Department at Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367, or to the Mason Vary Scholarship Fund, c/o Copenhagen Central School, Copenhagen, NY 13626.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com .