Viola Erickson Obituary

Viola  Erickson
Vy Erickson
Viola Erickson

September 23, 1917 - September 6, 2008
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Viola "Vy" Erickson, 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 6, 2008 at Taylor House Hospice. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 10, at Westchester Evangelical Free Church in Des Moines. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery in Des Moines.

Viola was born to Harry and Martha Nero in Des Moines on September 23, 1917. She graduated from East High School and married Bob Erickson on December 1, 1939. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Richard and Janice.

Viola worked alongside her husband as Vice-President of Bob Erickson Homebuilders, decorating hundreds of homes in the Central Iowa area until his death in 1980. She was a long time member of Westchester Evangelical Free Church and was active for many years with the White Cross and Young at Hearts Ministries there. Viola was a talented seamstress, excellent cook and was known for her talent of making Faberge-style decorated eggs. Her collection of more than three hundred decorated eggs was exquisite and showed the patience and talents that she possessed. She also loved spending time at Clear Lake at the family vacation home.

She is survived by her daughter, Jan Beal of Urbandale; two grandchildren, Jim (Marisa) Beal and Janelle Beal; and four great-grandchildren. Viola was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Bob; her son, Dick; and her sister, Jean Foubister.

A special thank you goes out to the companions and care-givers from Wesley at Home that faithfully spent time with her and took care of her needs the past four years.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, September 9, at Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel in Des Moines.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Erickson Scholarship Fund at Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, IL or Inspiration Ministries (a ministry for the disabled) in Walworth, Wisconsin.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Westchester Evangelical Free Church
4919 Aurora Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
11:00 AM
Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery
4400 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Inspiration Ministries
P.O. Box 948
Walworth, WI US 53184