We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at West Hills Memorial Park
Heaven has gained one of the most beautiful souls that has ever walked this earth. Violet had a unique way of making every person she came into contact with feel loved, adored and like family. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved her. When Violet left this world on July 3rd, 2022, in the same home she was born and raised in, she was surrounded by the immense love of her children and friends. She will always be remembered for her huge heart and warm (sometimes bone crushing) hugs.
"Vi," as she preferred to be called, was born May 14th, 1930 to Bert and Josephine Henning, of Selah, WA. She grew up in a boisterous family of 11 children, which included 3 brothers and 7 sisters. The Henning family may have been lacking in money but always had an abundance of love and laughter.
Violet graduated Selah schools with the class of 1948. After high school, she began working and soon caught the eye of her handsome neighbor, and the love of her life, Elmer Wilson. They were married on June 12th, 1949 and built a life together for 65 years. Violet always believed that she had the most amazing kids, her 3 sons, Mike, Dale, and Greg, and daughter, Kathy. Elmer and Violet created a home and family life that was admired by many because of the unique closeness they shared. In 1978, the family endured the tragic accident that claimed the lives of her children, Mike, Dale, and daughter-in-law, Judy. As a result, her grandchildren, Nikki and Jason became her "bonus children" and had the gift of experiencing her love as both a mother and grandmother. Violet lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed snowmobiling, square dancing, spending time in the mountains and at the family cabin, playing cards, traveling and working the farm. In addition, Elmer and Vi's close group of friends, "The Over the Hill Gang" contributed to their rich lives and added entertainment and shenanigans. Violet also gave of herself professionally as a nurse and many of the patients at Dr. Mather's office soon became friends. However, her faith and family was always the most important thing in her life.
Vi was preceded in death by her husband Elmer Wilson in 2014, her sons Mike and Dale, her daughter-in-law Judy and her granddaughter Doddi, her brothers Ralph Henning and Robert Henning and her sisters Bertha Garrison, Dorothy Henning, Ida Mae Wilson, Annabell Umiker (Adams) and Edith Withrow. She is survived by her children Kathy Andring (Richard) and Greg Wilson (Erin), daughter-in-law Cathy Riste (Darrell), grandchildren Nikki Peters (Tony), Jason Wilson, Heather Ackerman (Nathan), Matt Wilson (Allie), Tyler Riste (Calley), Kristi Smith (Jamie), Michael Andring, Malissa Durbin (Mike), Brad Wilson (Jane), Colleen Smith (Pat) and Kyle Wilson (Angela), 21 great grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters Charlotte Eliason, Rose Mathison and her brother Cecil Henning, her wonderful nieces, nephews and the Shipley family. Vi is also survived by her good friend and companion Ervin Shipley.
The viewing will be held at Valley Hills Funeral Home on July 13th from 3 to 7 pm, friends are invited to say their final goodbyes on July 14th at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Yakima at 12 pm. Graveside service to follow at West Hills Memorial Park at 2 pm then reception to follow at West Valley Fire Station 51 at address 10000 Zier Rd, Yakima.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to Compass Memorial Hospice or a charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support, including our home health team and Hospice for their guidance and gentle care of Mom during this difficult time.