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Violet Ness

April 28, 1918-Sept. 27, 2012

October 2, 2012
Minot Daily News

Violet Ness, 94, of Milbank, S.D., passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at her residence.

Violet Ila (Olson) Ness was born April 28, 1918, in Fargo, the daughter of Ingbert and Ducine (Raaum) Olson. Violet grew up in Fargo and attended school there. She was united in marriage with Harold Ness on April 1, 1938, in Fargo. It was in Fargo that Harold and Vi started their family. Being a railroad family they moved to Williston and then later to Minot. Vi worked at F.W. Woolworth's and retired from there in 1982. After retirement, they enjoyed spending their winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. Harold passed away in 1997. After Harold's death, Vi continued to live in Minot. She moved to Bismarck and then in 2011 moved to Milbank.

Violet loved sports! She was inducted into the N.D. Sports Hall of Fame for Bowling. She enjoyed playing softball, and at the age of 62 was the oldest player in the Minot Softball Association.

Left to cherish her memory are: her six children, Richard (Pauline) Ness, Estancia, N.M., Orlys (Myron) Nilsen, Minot, Stanley (Robin) Ness, Newport Beach, Calif., Kenneth (Deborah) Ness, Bella Vista, Ark., Diane (Tom) Davis, Bismarck, and Laurie (Lyle) Hoeke, Milbank; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one sister, Delores Johnson, Lake Park, Minn.; one brother, Lyle Olson, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; four brothers; her twin sister; and one great-grandson.

Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, at 9:30 a.m. at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, with Rev. Craig Schweitzer officiating.

Graveside services will be at the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, south of Mandan.

There will be no visitation, as cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, 1825-46th Street, Mandan, ND 58554.

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