Barbara Violet Voss passed away Monday, April 5. She was born July 18, 1931, to Jennings Lachoneus Wilkerson and Barbara May Workman, in Neola, Utah.
She was married to Raymond Eugene Voss on Feb. 27, 1949. Raymond preceded her in death on May 19, 2010, and so did their oldest daughter, Connie Rae Robbins, on March 22, 1996.
Violet and Ray were entrepreneurs most of their married life. They purchased a Drive Inn from Gene Hutchings in 1966. They called it the Dew Drop Inn. This was the place where five of their six children learned work ethics and people skills that carried them through the rest of their life. It was the teenagers’ hangout for many years. There were countless boys and girls in Evanston that called the Dew Drop Inn their second home, and Violet was like a second mother, as well. She loved to dance, and she and Ray were well known for the dance skills and for dancing the night away.
Violet was an amazing leader in her home, church and business. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved to help people with health, nutrition and creating a secondary income. At one time in their business lives, she and Ray had businesses in 36 states.
They lived in Evanston from 1958 to 1985, at which time Ray retired and they moved to Eagle Rock, Missouri. This was the time of their biggest business-building activity, at a time when most people had decided to retire and take it easy.
They loved their time in the Ozarks but after Connie passed away and other family members had located back to Utah — along with not getting to see their grandchildren grow up — they decided to move to Hurricane, Utah, in September of 2000. They purchased their first Utah home in Roberts Ranch on an acre of ground and remodeled it into an amazing place to have the grandchildren come and stay. In 2005, they built the lovely home at 696 W. 300 South, where they both lived until passing away. This was the first new home of their married lives.
Violet traveled extensively throughout her life. She loved to take the children when they were young on a “super vacation” — one year to California and Mexico. Another time was to Canada and the Dakotas.
Later in life, she traveled to almost every state in the United States. She traveled in Europe and she went on amazing cruises. Through her business efforts, she helped other people do the same thing.
She will be greatly missed by her loving children: Lance Voss of Hurricane, Utah; Rick Voss of Orem, Utah; Mikel Voss of Lyman; LaVal Voss of St. George, Utah; and Jeana Reichenberg of Evanston; as well as 31 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Hurricane 6th Ward), with a viewing prior to service, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A second viewing is set for 2:30 -3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, at Crandall Funeral Home, 800 Uinta St. in Evanston. A second funeral service is at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, at Crandall Funeral Home. Interment is at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, at the Lyman City Cemetery.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, Utah. Family and friends are invited to sign Violet’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.