Iverson, Viola C.
passed away on August 7, 2013 attended by her daughter and the loving caregivers at the Golden Swan Manor in Paradise Valley with the support of a wonderful team from Hospice of the West. Vi is survived by her sister Joann Roe of Bellingham, WA, daughter Lynne Larson (Charles Bullen), granddaughters Laura Larson and Kara Skinner (Brad Skinner), great-grand children Claire and Jack Skinner and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Vernon and her beloved husband Irving Iverson who died in 2001. Vi was born on April 5, 1918 on a farm near Crookston, Minnesota. Her early life instilled in her a strong work ethic as she helped her mother prepare huge hot meals for the threshing crews at harvest time and learned to sew and keep a spotless home. These skills would serve her well later in life as she became a renowned hostess of parties large and small as well as becoming an accomplished seamstress, making and altering clothes for herself and later making fanciful dresses and coats for her granddaughters. After graduating from high school in Crookston, Vi ventured to the big city of Minneapolis to live with relatives and attend the University of Minnesota and the MacPhail School of Music. In order to pay her way, she began working part time as a receptionist in a doctor's office and as a model for the Banbury Studios. Though always working hard, Vi made time to play and enjoy life. She met her husband Irving Iverson at a dance and ballroom dancing together was one of their great joys. After marrying in 1942, while her husband attended Officers training at Naval Station Great Lakes, Vi was employed as an assistant engineer working on auto pilots for B-17 and B-24 aircraft for Honeywell in Chicago. After the war and the birth of their daughter, Vi and Irv bought their first home in Minneapolis and Vi began her long career as a real estate agent selling properties in Edina and the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis as well as lake properties near Alexandria, Minnesota where they owned a lake home. Avid golfers, they belonged to several golf clubs in Minnesota and later the Paradise Valley Country Club in Phoenix where they enjoyed their retirement. Vi's family and friends will miss Vi's spunk and vivacious personality and remember with admiration her example of energy and drive toward perfection and accomplishment. As the "woman behind her man," she helped her husband become a successful trial lawyer and later Hennepin County Court judge in Minnesota. Indeed, her hard work and attention to detail provided a life full of opportunities and fun for all of us. She will rest in peace at the Memorial Garden at the Valley Presbyterian Church, Paradise Valley. A private memorial will take place at a later date.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 14, 2013