July 3, 1940 – Tuesday, September 24, 2013
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Red Lake, MN
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Little Rock Community Center in Red Lake, MN
Friday, September 27, 2013
Beginning at 9:00 A.M.
Violet Roy, 73, of Bemidji, MN died on September 24, 2013 at Red Lake IHS in Red Lake MN. surrounded by her family and friends. Violet had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh; she always supported her family and friends and was always the first one to be there with a helping hand or advice and support.
Violet was born in Red Lake on July 3, 1940, the daughter of Thomas Hill and Katie (Martin) Hill. She grew up in Red Lake. Violet loved traveling around the country to visit relatives, going to the casino, bingo, going to concerts, going to pow wows and loved being with her family and friends.
Violet currently was a foster grandmother at J.W. Smith Elementary School in Bemidji, MN and a volunteer at the Sanford Hospital gift shop in Bemidji MN. Violet retired from Red Lake Housing Authority after 21 years as an Accounting Technician and then returned part time for 3 more years. Violet also worked at the Red Lake Tribal Council as a secretary for many years.
Violet is survived by sons, Adrian and Greg May of Red Lake. Daughters Pamela May of Bemidji, and Shelly May of Red Lake. Step-children Roland, Jim and Bill Roy of Red Lake and Mary Ann Cook and Wilma Mondragon of Red Lake, and special niece Candace LaGou of Red Lake. Her sister Gloria Neadeau of Red Lake. 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Violet will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Red Lake, MN at 2:00 p.m. An all night wake will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Little Rock Center.
Pallbearers will be Sam Hill, Tony Hill, Adrian White, Stuart Sumner, Leonard Sumner, Roland Roy, Darrell Maxwell, Jeffrey LaGou and John Kingbird. Honorary pallbearers will be Candace LaGou, Thelma May, Ruth Fevig, Carol Bonga, Mary Ann Cook, Sherilyn Benais-Neadeau, Donna Graves, Andrea Rosebear, Rosalie Hill, Kathy Dudley, Joyce Roy and Clarice Sorenson.
She preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill Roy, her son Melvin May Jr., grandchildren Jamison Applebee and Melvin May III. Sisters -Alice Hill, Mary White, Julia Kingbird, Rosellen LaGou, Margaret Sumner, Darlene Lussier. Brothers- Tilford, Thomas and Leonard Hill.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. I enjoyed knowing Violet when she worked at the hospital. She will be missed.
Violet, You were my neighbor in Ridgeway Apartments for years. You are so very sweet and soft spoken. Little Keelee just loved you! We all will miss you dearly, but we know you are safe in God’s hands now. I remember the monthly potlucks, organized by you, they were never the same when you moved. Your laughter and smile will always be remembered. Love, your neighbor, Arlene Stratton & family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have always enjoyed having Violet on our bus trips and as a member.
Violet was the best Auntie, Mom, Sister, Cousin, Gramma and friend we could ever ask for and a huge part of my family’s life. She loved her family and was always doing something for one of us. I find myself calling her and then remember…
I love you Auntie and life without you will take time to adjust to.