Viola Margaret Youngchild, 95, a wonderful wife, mother, friend and devoted Catholic, died Jan. 25 in McMinnville, Ore.
She was born Sept. 9, 1921, in Carthage, N.Y., the daughter of Henry and Jennie Rondeau. At a young age, she moved with her family to Camas, Wash., where she was raised and graduated from Camas High School. During the summers when she was still in school she earned money driving a tractor. After graduating from high school she worked for the Bell Telephone company.
She married Leo Archie Youngchild Dec. 6, 1948, in Camas. His work with various paper mills required frequent moves and they lived all over the United States and Canada until his retirement. In 2002, they moved to McMinnville to make their home. During their marriage, Viola focused on managing their home and raising their two children, as well as coordinating their many moves. She was known as a gifted seamstress, excellent cook and an avid entertainer, hosting family and the numerous friends she made around the country. Everyone who knew her sweet nature loved her and admired her devotion to her family, friends and St. James Catholic Church. We will love and miss her forever, but she will live on in our hearts.
She was preceded in death by parents, husband, son Ron Youngchild, and eight brothers and sisters.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen Gorman of McMinnville, Ore.; three grandsons, John Crickmer of Rigby, Idaho; Lee Crickmer (Deana) of Hillsboro, Ore.; and Tommy Gorman of Lake Stevens, Wash.; one granddaughter, Jory Lane; great-grandchildren, Tristan Crickmer, McKenna Crickmer, Emma Crickmer, Minda Crickmer, Landen Gorman, Alzora Gorman and Elorra Crickmer (to be born in April); family friend Bill Large, who would light up Mom's face when he walked in the room; very special niece and soul-sister Glenda Rondeau, along with nieces Linda Weaver, Barbara Butterfield, Judy Rondeau, Paula Rondeau and Connie Bjorklund; nephews Glenn Rondeau (Cheryl), Ed Bancke (Barb), Larry Bancke (Betty), Craig Fischer, Jeff Fischer, Terry Sampson, Kurt Fritzberg, Kenny Fritzberg and Kyle Fritzberg; sisters-in-law Barbara Rondeau, Donna (Angelo) Giorgi and Joan Fischer; and numerous other family and friends.
A very special thank you to Kindred Hospice and Cherrywood Memory Care, especially to Sylvia Nambo, an angel who watched over Mom like a hawk at Cherrywood and who was Mom's caregiver when she was still living at home.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1200 E 5th St, Arlington, Wash., 98223.
Memorials can be made to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital. Online condolences can be left at www.macyandson.com.