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Viola Williams

February 12, 2017


Viola M. Williams 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at 1:30 a.m. Sunday February 12, 2017 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. 


She was born May 27, 1948 in Fredricks, Kansas to Lionel and Esther Kemp.  Viola was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Gary Lee Kemp, William Ralph Kemp and Jack Junior Kemp.  She is survived by her two sisters Mary Ann Carlson of Monet, MO and Vicki Edwards of Frankfort, KS; her husband Michael Williams of Newton, KS and sons Scott Kiser of Doniphan, MO and Shadow Williams and his wife Shiyrah of Wichita, KS.


Michael and Viola were married on January 10, 1973. She traveled extensively with her husband who worked construction.  They made many friends in their travels and moved to Newton in 2010 prior to retirement.


Viola struggled with Alzheimer’s and dementia in her later years but never let it slow her down or stop her from doing what she wanted to do. Viola was quick with a smile and freely showed much love and affection to her family. 


Viola loved lighthouses and songbirds, especially the cardinal, which was her favorite.  At Christmas time she loved decorating her home with angels. Her day was always brightened when she received a bouquet of flowers.  Following the loss of a loved one you are left with a few possessions, knick knacks and photos. But the most important thing they leave behind are the memories and the hearts they have touched. We have many fond memories of our lives together with Viola and she will be greatly missed.


A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Hoover presiding.  A private committal service will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery Newton, Kansas.


Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.



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