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Violet E. Triplett, age 80, of Edina, Missouri, died peacefully at Knox County Nursing Home, Wednesday, November 5, 2008.
She was born on March 8, 1928, in Duke Oklahoma to Linus Wilson and Evelyne (McWilliams) Martin. She grew up in Oklahoma, Texas and California.
She left school after the 8th grade to go to work in a factory during World War II, though she never lost her love of learning. She retired from Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada in 1994.
She was a self-taught artist in many mediums. She loved to sketch and carve and her favorite pastimes were crocheting and during the last 8 years she has been knitting almost non stop.
She loved doing puzzles when she wasn’t knitting. She had a life long love of fishing, camping and gardening which all brought her great joy. She was also in the South Lake Tahoe bowling league for many years.
She was nervous about moving to the nursing home but after she did, she was so happy there, and she loved all those she knew there. They all had a special place in her heart. She enjoyed the activities and she loved worshipping and learning about the Lord.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents and her stepmother, two husbands and an infant son at ten months old.
Surviving are her two daughters, Nadia and Jerry Stepina of Edina, Missouri and Debra and Russell Phillips of Edina, Missouri, also six grandchildren, Jeremy El Said and his wife, Jamie of Champlain, New York, Taliena Davis and her fiancé, Deron Johnson of Quincy, Illinois, Nathan Gammons and his wife, Kate of Olathe, Kansas, John, Hannah and Abigail Phillips of Edina, Missouri, and six great-granddaughters, Christine, Saraphina, Zoi, Ashley, Caroline, and Angela. Also surviving are her sister, Virginia Howard of Las Vegas, Nevada and one niece, Donnelda, great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Friday, November 7, 2008 at the Linville Cemetery in Edina, Missouri. Reverend John Bode conducted the services.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Violet E. Triplett may be made to the Knox County Nursing Home in Edina, Missouri. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri, 63537.