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Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2015, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

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In memory of

Viola R. Williams

of Wall, South Dakota, died on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City at the age of 87

Viola Ruby Hamm was born December 13, 1927, near Quinn, South Dakota, the daughter of Jay O. and Ellabud (Wallace) Hamm. She was baptized at the Big Foot Presbyterian Church (along with her future husband Lyle), in 1928. Viola grew up south of Quinn and attended the Table Land rural school until 1940. As an eighth grader, she began school at Interior, graduating in 1945 in a graduating class of 1. Her classmate was drafted into the Army prior to their graduation.
After graduation, Viola worked as the Jackson County Deputy Auditor in Kadoka for one year.

She was united in marriage to Lyle L. Williams on March 22, 1947, in Rapid City. They made their home on his father’s ranch for one year before moving to Interior where Lyle was the Standard Bulk Agent. On October 11, 1950, they moved to Owanka and purchased a ranch and raised their family. In 1976, they moved to Rapid City and purchased the Rapid City Livestock Auction. In 1978, they moved northeast of Box Elder where they resided until moving to Wall in 2004.

Viola was a member of the American Baptist Church, the Women’s Society, and the Wicksville Workers Extension Club, all of Wicksville, and a member of the Methodist Church of Wall.

Viola and Lyle were avid high school basketball and volleyball fans, and enjoyed their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Lyle of Wall; two sons Myron Williams and his wife Mary of Wall, and Marvin Williams and his wife Norma of Owanka; one daughter Laine Halverson and her husband Mike of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law Loy Hamm of Wall; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers Glenn, Lee, and Wayne Hamm; a sister-in-law Carol Anne Hamm; one great-granddaughter Makayla Madeline Mattox as an infant; one great-grandson Jacob Williams as an infant; and a granddaughter-in-law Stephanie Williams.

Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. on Monday, July 13, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, at the Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Harold Delbridge and Pastor Russell Masartis officiating.

Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota
Pastor Harold Delbridge
Pastor Russell Masartis
Carol Hahn - Pianist
Paige Cordes - Vocalist
“Amazing Grace”
“I’ll Leave This World Loving You”
Jerry Johannesen - Bill Leonard
Travis Williams - Marty Williams
Monty Williams - Keilani Amo
Mindy Halverson - Misty Mattox
Viola's Great-Grandchildren
Wall Cemetery - Wall, South Dakota

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. on Monday, July 13, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Funeral services: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, at the Methodist Church in Wall.

Interment: Wall Cemetery.

  • Our deepest condolences to all of Viola's family, our cousins
    She was a delight to know and was always full of fun and laughter. How dearly she will be missed. Our prayers for His comfort and peace to surround and especially to uphold her loving husband, Lyle.
    May God grant you the wonder of laughter through tears as you not only mourn her passing but rejoice in her life.
    With love,
    ~ Rocky and Rebecca Philip (7/10/2015)
  • Joan and I want to extend our sympathy to Lyle and his family. Viola was a very gracious and kind lady, and a great friend. Our prayers are with you in this time of sadness. ~ Dave & Joan Fisk New Underwood, SD (7/10/2015)
  • So sorry for your loss. She was a generous lady who enjoyed her family and friends. She was an awsome friend and neighbor. She will be missed. May Gods love fill the void in your heart at this time. Gus andMarty ~ Gus and Marty Aus 15452hwy1416. Box elder, sd (7/10/2015)
  • Our condolences go out to your family at this time. May you remember her smiles, loving care & special family times together. Our prayers to the family. Kathy & Ted. ~ Kathy & Ted Thompson Whitewood, S.D. (7/10/2015)
  • My thoughts and prayers for your family. Viola was a wonderful woman so nice and caring. So glad I had a chance to have met her through Mindy. Love and peace for the family. ~ Janel Konda Canto SD (7/10/2015)
  • Sympathy goes out to all the family. We always enjoyed visiting with Lyle and Viola. ~ Vicky & Harold Waterland Howes, S.D. (7/10/2015)
  • So sorry for your family's loss. You must have many great memories. ~ Mick and Jane Denzin Buffalo S D (7/10/2015)
  • My sympathy to you Laine. She sounds like a wonderful person and may those memories warm your heart. Peace and God bless. ~ Mary Jane Minnig Sioux Falls, SD (7/10/2015)
  • Lyle and Families-Our sympathy to each of you. Viola was a very gracious, kind and loving lady. ~ Ed & Linda Eisenbraun Rapid City, S.D. (7/10/2015)
  • So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother,grandmother. It takes great parents to raise great kids and she sure did.Your in our thoughts. ~ Bill and Pennie Slovek Philip (7/10/2015)
  • I met Viola at Meadow Brook nursing home when she was a resident and came to get her hair done weekly. I really enjoyed visiting with her and she talked often about all of you. Such a beautiful tribute to a lovely lady and a life well lived.
    Sympathy to all her family.
    ~ Norma Schlumpberger Piedmont S.D. (7/10/2015)
  • Lyle and family, we send each of you our most sincere sympathy. Viola was a lovely lady, and I especially enjoyed seeing and visiting with her at the nursing home in May. God bless you all. Sandy ~ Sandy & Keith Stover Mankato, MN (7/10/2015)
  • To Lyle, Myron, Marv and Norma and Families - I was very sorry to hear about Viola. She was a great neighbor for many years and I always enjoyed a visit when I was back in Western S.D. ~ Carl Coad Olathe, Kansas (7/10/2015)