Violet Ann Rosendahl Waddell Lemons of Brewster, Wash., passed away Friday, April 19, 2013, at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, Wash., with her family at her side. She was 90 years old.
She was born Violet (Vi) Ann Rosendahl on July 24, 1922, in Vancouver, B.C., to Henry and Teckla Rosendahl. Vi spent most of her childhood in Pateros and the Methow Valley along with one sister, Velma.
Vi attended school in Carlton through the eighth grade and then finished high school in Pateros. After school, she met and married Vernon (Bud) Waddell. They made their home in Pateros, where they started their family.
Vi continued to raise Carol, Dick and Bill on her own after losing her husband in 1956. She worked as the head cook at the Pateros school for 12 years, then relocated in Brewster in the 1960s, where she managed the Western Auto.
Vi met Harold Lemons and married in 1967. Vi was a member of the Brewster Grange and was an active member of the Brewster Senior Center where she volunteered as the “Welcome Lady” for 31 years. She also loved collecting souvenir spoons from around the world and crocheting.
Vi was preceded in death by an infant son, Henry; her parents; husband, Harold; and a grandson, Charles Thomas.
Vi is survived by her children, Carol Lee Thomas of Huntsville, Ark., Richard (Nancy) Waddell, of Omak, Wash., William (Jean) Waddell, of Centralia, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.
A celebration of Violet’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Brewster Senior Center. A luncheon will follow at the Brewster Grange.