Viola was born the first of three daughters to James and Juanita Richardson in Coronation. She passed away at the Hardisty Long Term Care.
Viola lived in the Caroline/Chedderville area from the age of 4½ until she was 12 years old.
She told many happy stories of growing up near her Uncle Donald and Aunt Helen Cole and the fun she had with her cousins.
When the family moved back to the Brownfield area, she was then surrounded by her many Black, Richardson and Cole relatives.
She attended High school at Briercrest and in Calgary, she lived with the John Richardson’s family and worked part-time and then attended the Baptist Leadership Training School.
Later she moved to Castor where she worked at the Lady Of Our Rosary Hospital until she married Franklin Carson Oct. 11, 1958.
Viola then moved to their farm near Hughenden, Ab. where they raised their family.
She took training to run a Kidney Dialysis machine and practiced that for several years. They sold their farm in 1990 and moved into their new house in Hughenden where they spent some retirement years.
Viola’s life had many passions: her faith in God, her husband and family were her top priorities which included taking their children and then grandchildren to summer Bible Camps at Sunnyside, Sylvan Lake, Veteran and Moose Lake.
She always loved the outdoors and spending time in her huge garden, her flowers and looking after her fruit trees.
She enjoyed doing handiwork in the forms of quilting, sewing clothes for her children, embroidering, cross-stitch, crocheting and also decorating many cakes for her children, weddings and other special occasions.
Viola was musical and enjoyed playing the piano or accordion by ear. Viola lived by the motto “Always Room for One More”, whether it was another place set at meal time or another foster child, she was up to the task.
Viola will be missed by her loving husband Franklin, her children Barrie (Janice) Carson, Christine (Lyal) Hill, Kelly (Jan Darcy) Carson and Carol (Bill) Shuttleworth: her sisters Sharon (Dennis) Kennett, Arla Schaitel, brother-in-law Edwin (Mary) Carson, Uncle John Richardson, Aunt Betty Tait, Ottilie Kelly and Connie Carson.
Grandchildren: James and Melissa Carson, Monica (Rocky Hunter) Hill, Janet (Roy) Bun, James (Dana) Hill, Jesse (Bex rose) Carson, Alexis and Grant Carson, Shelby Keets and Kaitlin Darcy and Liam Shuttleworth.
Great-grandchildren: Sadie, Hudson, and Porter Hunter, Keo and Tao Bun, Marley and Sterling Carson, many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was predeceased by her parents James and Juanita Richardson, parents-in-law Howard and Kathleen Carson, son Timothy Carson, daughter-in-law Michelle Carson, grandchildren Ashley, Savanah, Nicole, and Shawn Carson, great-granddaughter Salun Bun, brothers-in-law Ronald McComish and Lyle Schaitel.
Funeral services were held in Hughenden.