Nadine Viola, May 4, 1915-September 25, 2013
Long-time Abilene resident Frances Nadine Viola passed away September 25, 2013. Nadine was born May 4, 1915 in Greeley, Colorado, the daughter of Roy and Bessie Holmes. Her younger years were spent in Colorado before the family moved to Abilene in 1926. As a student at Abilene High School she pursued secretarial studies, skills that would later prove valuable in her family business. She was also highly interested in music and dance; as a teenager she played the organ at the former Lyric Theater in Abilene, providing fifteen-minute preludes before silent movies.
Nadine graduated from Abilene High School in 1933, and the following November she married Vic Viola. That same year Vic and Nadine started the RHV Store at the corner of Third and Buckeye in Abilene (where it continues to operate today, under different ownership). Following Vicís death in 1971, she continued managing the RHV Store in joint partnership with her brother-in-law, Ted Viola, until retiring in 1974 to enjoy her many favorite pastimes, children and grandchildren.
An avid golfer and bridge player, Nadine also enjoyed knitting, embroidery, and travel, including several trips to Europe and also a trip to Hawaii. Her passion for music continued throughout her life, and she loved playing the piano and singing in the church choir. She enjoyed musical theater, attending performances at AHS and traveling to Kansas City each summer with Vic and their children to attend Starlight Theater. She was also a loyal supporter of AHS sports and the former Elks Youth Baseball Program in Eisenhower Park, and a lifelong fan of the Kansas Jayhawks football and basketball teams. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Abilene, the Homebuilders Sunday School class, United Methodist Womenís Group, Chapter GY PEO, the Order of the Eastern Star, Friends of Eisenhower, the Dickinson County Historical Society, the Arts Council of Dickinson County and the Abilene Country Club.
Nadine was preceded in death by her husband Vic, her parents, and one sister, Lucille
Dumas of Salina. She is survived by her children: Vic, Jr. and wife Nancy of Golden, CO;
daughter Pat Cormack of Abilene; and son Roger and wife Karen of Topeka. She also leaves
ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. She was a fabulous mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.
Memorials may be made to the Vic and Nadine Viola Memorial Scholarship Fund for Abilene High School graduates, or to First United Methodist Church of Abilene, and may be left at the church or sent in care of Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd St. Abilene, KS 67410. Family visitation will be at Martin-Becker Carlson October 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life service is planned with Pastor John Collins officiating for October 4 at First United Methodist Church, 6th and Cedar in Abilene at 10 a.m. with graveside services at the Abilene Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent online at www.martinbeckercarlson.com.
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Nadine Viola)