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Viola "Vi" Menzies

January 18, 1923 — April 27, 2015

Viola "Vi" Menzies, 92, Washington, died Monday, April 27, 2015 at Lincoln, NE. Visitation was from noon until 8 p.m., Thursday, April 30 at Ward Funeral Home, Washington. The family received friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A funeral service was 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 1, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Washington, with Pastor Judy Hill officiating. Sheila Ouellette was organist and the congregation sang “It Is Well With My Soul” and “How Great Thou Art.” Scott Farber, grandson, sang “Still.” Pallbearers were Tom Rogge, Fred Meyer, Scott Farber, John Rogge, Andrew Farber, Eric Bhark and Andrew Menzies. Burial was in Washington City Cemetery. Viola was born on January 18, 1923 to Frederick George and Adelaid Drusillah (Potard) Rogge in Palmer, KS. Baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, she grew up in the Palmer area. On September 15, 1943 she was united in marriage to James Menzies at Belleville and made their home there until December 1943. Besides being a hard working housewife and mother, Vi worked for years at Ratuke’s Hardware in Washington and later, was instrumental in bringing a Sears Catalog Store to Washington. She and Jim successfully managed this store for twenty years, before closing it to enjoy a retirement traveling in their RV around the country, visiting family and friends. Viola was also actively engaged in the Rural Mail Carrier’s Auxiliary and served as its president from 1975-1976. An avid golfer and bowler, Vi loved traveling with Jim and their friends to play in tournaments and just plain having fun. Among her many skills, Vi was a wonderful seamstress and quilter. She was particularly productive with her quilt making during her retirement years. Preceded in death by her husband, Jim, in 2007. Survivors include daughters, Barbara (Jim) Farber, Lincoln, NE, Vicki Menzies, Richmond, VA; son, Peter (Diane) Menzies, Overland Park, KS; nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. A memorial fund is established and will be designated by the family. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Viola "Vi" Menzies, please visit our flower store.


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