Viola Sears, 94
Viola Pearl (Moninger) Sears was born at Taylor May 6, 1918, to John and Luella (Fales) Moninger, and died June 15, 2012, at the age of 94.
The oldest girl in the family of 11 children, she graduated from Milburn in 1936, and married Hubert Sears of Broken Bow in 1938. They made their home in Seneca, where he worked for Western Public Service.
Their two children were born there, and in 1951, Hubert went to work for Boniville Power Company in Washington. In 1951, they moved to Eugene, Ore., where they retired and continued to live until their death - Hubert in 1991.
Viola worked for Sears Roebuck while raising their family. She volunteered in church and community activities. She and Hubert belonged to First Congregational Church.
She belonged to Eugene Garden Club, University of Oregon Mothers Club, and Zonta Professional Womenâ€™s Club.
Viola was a flower show judge, and her yard was full of beautiful flowers.
Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert, in 1991; one sister, and five brothers.
She is survived by her children, Judi Allen of Claekamar, Ore., and Loren of Eugene, Ore.; five grandchidren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jane Killion of Chappel, Virdena Maggart of York, and Evelyn Olson of Merna; and one brother, Everett of Merna.
She was cremated and buried by her husband in Lane Memorial Garden. Memorial services were held at Eugene First Congregational Church July 2.
Published in Custer County Chief, July 19, 2012