Violet Adelia Windross was born on Nov. 11, 1929 to Esca and Mary Peters at Mulhurst, Alta., the youngest of six children.
Violet was very young when the family lost their mother Mary in 1935.
However, the family ties remained strong, and despite pressure from the community Esca kept the family together.
They eventually moved to the Andrew Wetter farm 16 miles south of Castor in 1942.
Violet completed her Grade 9 at Sullivan Lake School. She then stayed in the “dorm” in town to attend Castor High School.
In 1948, she enrolled in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary.
Her first school was Beaverdale School where she went in 1949 to teach grades one to nine.
She taught and lived in the teacherage there for two years with no phone, no plumbing, no electricity and no car.
Violet met Tom Windross in 1949 and they married on July 25, 1950.
They moved to Castor and bought their home and became parents to three children: Laurie in 1951, Wayne in 1952 and Rob in 1955.
Violet went back to work in 1965.
She worked for a year in George Kaye’s butcher shop and locker plant.
In September of 1966, she went back to the classroom and spent 18 rewarding years teaching at the Castor Hutterite Colony.
She resigned in 1984 and spent a year at home.
In 1985 she began working parttime at the Paintearth Lodge.
Tom suffered a stroke in 1994 and Violet was very involved when he lived in Long-Term Care in Castor, where she would spend every day with him.
When Tom passed in 1997, she continued to volunteer at the hospital mending and calling bingo.
Violet was a long-term member of the I.O.D.E. and volunteered at Gus Wetter School as a tutor. Eventually, she moved to Manor 3 and enjoyed spending time visiting friends and family there.
Violet passed away after a short illness at Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital in Castor on May 30, 2019.
Violet was predeceased by her parents Mary and Esca, her husband Tom, sisters Alta Hildreth and Ruth Christiansen and brothers Ed and Barney Peters.
She was also predeceased by her son-in-law Brad Waters, sister-in-law Flossie Peters, and brothers-in-law Pat and George Windross.
Violet is survived by her loving family: sons Wayne (Lynda) of Red Deer, Rob (Linda) of Castor and daughter Laurie Waters of Drayton Valley.
Surviving her also were her grandchildren David (Audrey) Waters and their children Claire, Jack and Emmett, Brianne Brown and her children Avery and Kingston.
She is also survived by her sister Ethel Payton of Quesnel, B.C. and sister-in-law Bea Windross of Blackfalds, Alta., numerous nieces, nephews, a host of other family and many friends.
Funeral services were held on Wed. June 12, 2019 in Knox United Church, Castor, Alta.
Memorial contributions may be made in Violet’s memory to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com.
Card of Thanks
The family wishes to thank Dr. O’Riordan and the nursing staff at the hospital for the excellent care they gave Mom during her final illness.
As well, thank you to Dr. and Niki Hanton for their care of Mom through the years.
A big thank you also to Marilyn Richards, Dorothy Walker and Sue Goodkey for being such faithful friends to Mom over the years.