Viola Diana Wellborn passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Home in Dauphin on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the age of 101 years. Her son Gerald and daughters Margaret and Eileen were at her side.
Viola was born on September 25, 1910 in Walhalla, North Dakota. She was the fifth of eight children born to Adelard and Clara Dumas.
Viola met her husband Miles Stanley Wellborn at a dance at West Bay School near the Wellborn family farm close to the mouth of the Valley River. They were married in the beginning of the depression. They raised four children through hard times, with Viola raising turkeys, selling eggs to the hatchery and milking many cows to help her husband.
After the death of Miles in 1965, Viola continued to run the farm with the help of her son Gerald until 1995. Her greatest glory was having her children and grandchildren visit and help her on the farm.
Viola was predeceased by her husband Miles in 1965; son Clarence in 1970; great-grandsons Brayden Wellborn in 2004 and Johnathan Senger in 2010; son-in-law Robert Atchison in 2010.
Viola is survived by daughters Margaret Rose Atchison of Edmonton, Alberta and Eileen Clara Williams of Edmonton, Alberta; son Gerald Thomas and wife Betty Elaine of rural Dauphin; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild. There are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel with Rev. Steve Wilson officiating. The eulogy was delivered by Debra Martin and Bryan Atchison. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery. Laying Viola to rest were Pallbearers Don Wellborn, Larry Stenhouse, Garth Mackie, Gregory Wellborn, Tim Wellborn and Bryan Atchison.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Viola may honour her memory by making donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association.Print This Post