With her daughters at her side, Violet Edy of Edinboro, PA, passed away into eternal life Tuesday morning, October 28, 2014, in Brockport, New York. She was born Violet May Johnson in 1925 to Nina and Orric Vernon Johnson in Franklin, PA. Violet married Robert Edy, her childhood sweetheart in 1947 while attending Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, NY) as a nursing major. They raised their two daughters, Janet and Mary Lou, in Millcreek (Erie), PA. Vi was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Robert Edy, her parents, her sisters Ruth and Helen, and brother Willis.
Vi was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who passed on her caring spirit and gifts of cooking, baking, sewing, and love of outdoors to her children. A talented quilter, she made quilts for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was an avid artist and painted many rural scenes of the Erie area. Vi was a former secretary of the Millcreek Art Club and taught oil painting to seniors at the Salvation Army. She was an advocate for Native American Indian rights.
She had a vibrant and independent spirit. Fulfilling a life-long dream, Vi moved from Erie in 1985 to start a small farm in Edinboro, where she raised cows, chickens, pigs, and ducks. She reminded us to seize the moment, pursue our dreams, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Her laughter was contagious.
Vi’s caring and generous spirit extended to those outside her family and friends. After the loss of her husband in 1977, she led THEOS (They Help Each Other Spiritually), a support group for widows and widowers. She graduated at the top of her class in 1980 from the Erie School District Program for Practical Nursing. Following graduation, she worked as an LPN at Hamot Medical Center, and later provided in-house hospice care to the elderly. She wanted to be remembered for being kind and treating each person as if they were your own.
Her spirit lives on through her brother Harold (Bud) and sister-in-law Janet, her daughters Janet (Ken) Sechrist and Mary Lou (Jeff) LaPointe, her grandchildren Steve (Sue) Sechrist, Dan Sechrist, Emily, Sarah (Bill McCale,?fianc?) LaPointe, her great-grandsons Adrian, Nikolai, and Jonathan Sechrist, as well as nieces, nephews, and numerous friends and neighbors.
The family is grateful to the Rochester Lifetime Hospice and Lakeside Biekirch Care Center staff for their compassionate care and support.
Visiting hours will be at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Saturday, November 1 from 11:00 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Ted Cole will officiate. Burial will follow at Springfield Cemetery.