Viola Mae Hoos was born Jan. 31, 1924, to John William Hanlon and Katie Marjorie (Casebier) Hanlon on California Mesa in Delta, Colo. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on Oct. 6, 2018, in Brighton, Colo., at the age of 94.
A graveside service will be held at Delta City Cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
She grew up in Delta and spoke fondly of her childhood in the big stone house on Garnet Mesa.
She married Merle Peter Hoos on Sept. 18, 1941. From this union were born Merle Douglas and Jeanne Caroline. Merle and Viola spent much of their marriage moving to many places throughout the United States due to his work as a foreman for Stearns Rogers. From these experiences she had many stories and fond memories of the places and people she met. In 1958, Merle passed away. She remarried and in November of 1962 Kelly Sue was born. When Kelly was a toddler, the family moved to Benghazi, Libya in Africa for a couple of years. While there, they toured Egypt, the Greek Islands, and upon their return to the United States toured Europe.
For many of her years she resided in Grand Junction until she moved to Brighton, Colo., in 2010 to be close to her son and family.
Viola had many hobbies. She loved to go to garage sales, find old furniture and repurpose it. Sewing, crocheting and baking took up much of her time. She enjoyed spending time in her garden and took pride in her gorgeous poppies. She enjoyed eating out and loved to brag about her professional shopping expertise.
Her last years were spent shopping, sewing, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by son, Merle Douglas and Letha Hoos of Brighton, daughter Jeanne Hoos of Denver, and daughter Kelly and John Michel of Grand Junction. She was lovingly known as "Mimi" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren Merle, Andee, and Lola Hoos of Brighton, Colo.; Curtis, Melissa, Walter and Wyatt of Keenesburg, Colo.; Katie, Jake, Madilyn and Carter Pollert of Grand Junction, Colo.; Amy, Eric, and Maeve Los of Fruita, Colo., and Keaton Michel of Windsor, Colo.