Streetcar circa 1913
Elva Eardley and Vi Kloepfer
Vi - U. of U. Coed 1932
Vi with Steve and Gail - The War Years
As a mother, Viola was devoted to homemaking, teaching her children and helping her husband build his business, which she did with love and confidence. She always kept a "neat as a pin" household, her children were always clean, well-dressed and for the most part good mannered.
Vi, JoAnn, Steve and Gail
When Ken and Vi bought a new home in Holladay in 1949, it was on a half acre lot. Vi literally "dug in" and became a master gardener. In the early years, she had 12 fruit trees and raspberry bushes which kept her busy with canning just like her mother. Later, she had about fifty rose bushes, hundreds of iris and daisies which she enjoyed arranging in colorful boutiques.
I was Vi's youngest and when I started Junior High School, mom went back to work as the Personnel Manager at the ZCMI in the new Cottonwood Mall. She did the hiring, training and firing for about nine years. Always sociable, Vi was happy to be back in public service and in the public lime-light. She planned and decorated for most of the ZCMI company parties and dinners.
In later years, mom spent time babysitting grandkids, golfing, bowling and gardening. She loved getting the family together on holidays and birthdays, especially when cake and ice cream, presents, and fire works were involved!
Mom loved traveling--going to Ireland, England, Scotland and Paris with her daughter-in-law Sheryl, to the Bahamas with Ken, Steve and Sheryl, and Hawaii with just Ken. Trips to Lake Powell on the house boat with kids and grandkids were big hits with her.
Although she experienced many health problems in her latter years, mom remained young at heart. (While living in an assisted-living center after a stroke at 80, she was famous for saying she didn't belong there with all those old people!) After suffering from a heart-attack and then breaking her hip, Bill and I bought a condominium in Holladay where she could move in with us. She passes away a year later in 1998 at the age of 86, after a long life of service and love.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
We love you.