Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Violet Lenore Black Whitaker Memorial
Violet Lenore Black Whitaker Memorial

Violet Lenore Black Whitaker

Violet Lenore Black Whitaker

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Violet Lenore Black Whitaker, age 99, passed away July 12, 2018.  She was the daughter of P. O. and Myrtle (Reuting) Black, born in Lyman on October 25, 1918.

She graduated from Hamilton High School in 1937, then attended Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon.  She worked as a Nurse at Burlington Hospital and attended Seattle Nursing College.  She followed her husband, Joe to the different military bases where he was stationed.  Vie and Joe were married February 1, 1942 in Seattle.  After living in Seattle, they lived in Lynnwood for many years, finally moving to Burlington.  Vie was in leadership of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and in Eastern Star, member of Amaranth, a Royal Matron from 1972 to 1973.

Vie is survived by sister, June Riggles of Sedro-Woolley; nieces, Sharon Strock, Barbara Hoffman and Susan Ovenell; many nieces and nephews.

Violet was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph E. Whitaker in 2010; parents, P. O. Black and Myrtle Black; sister, Rose Mary Locken; brother in laws, Ed Locken and Ernie Riggles; nephews, Bob Hoffman and Dave Ovenell.

Family would like to thank the staff at Homeplace for Violet’s care.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00, Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Union Cemetery, Sedro-Woolley.


  • Robin Reuting De Witt

    I wish I could have met you Aunt Violet. I am sure you will rock the heavens with laughter and song. Rest in peace.

  • Judith Hamre-Lelo

    My sincere sympathies to Sister Vie’s family. She will truly be missed & remembered fondly by all who knew her. Those of us who were fortunate enough to be in Eastern Star with her will also remember her for her charm, class, and grace. She graciously gave me her OES ring to wear & enjoy many years ago & I’m still enjoying it & think about her each time I wear it. She was truly gracious & a wonderful friend.