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Viola James

March 3, 2011

Viola Bertha Johnson, daughter of Magnus and Amanda ( Linden ) Johnson, was born September 23, 1928 at Courtland , Kansas . Her family moved to the Miltonvale community where she attended public schools, graduating from Miltonvale High School in 1935 at the age of 16. She moved to Wichita and enrolled in the Wichita Business College and graduated in 1937. Viola was united in marriage to Whitney Robinson on December 31, 1939. While Whit served in the Navy, Viola worked in Wichita . Following his discharge, they moved to McPherson and she began working for the Railroad Savings and Loan. After several years, they returned to Wichita and she spent most of her life there. Viola worked as a secretary for Garvey Grain Company until she retired at age 60. Whit passed away in 1966. She then worked for the Evangelical Methodist Church for many years. In August of 1988 she married Ralph James of Wichita and they enjoyed many wonderful years together. They moved to Prairie Homestead Village in 1999 and lived there until Ralph died in 2007. Following his death Viola returned to Republic County to be closer to her family. She passed from this life Thursday, March 3, 2011 at the Belleville Healthcare Center at the age of 92 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Whitney Robinson and Ralph James and her brothers Edwin and Harold. She will be forever remembered by her nephews Marion (Kathy) Johnson, Belleville and Eugene (Joy) Johnson, Superior, Nebraska; great niece and great nephews and their families: Cynthia & John DeBey of Chillicothe, MO, Andrew & Randi DeBey of Springfield, MO, Amanda & Zak Elhassouni of Baton Rouge, LA; Ron & Betty Johnson, Nathan, Nickolas and Greg of Bloomington, IN; Bryan Johnson of Ontario, CA; Whit & Shelley Johnson, Kayley and Kendsey of Belleville, KS; other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, March 7, 2011 at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville , Kansas . Burial was in the Courtland Cemetery . Memorials may be made to the Belleville Health Care Center.

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