Violet Bernice "Vi" (Rearick) Folsom (1926 - 2017)

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Violet Bernice (Rearick) Folsom was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 23, 2017. She lived on this earth 91 years. Graveside services will be at the Palmer Pioneer Cemetery in Palmer, Alaska, at 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 24, 2017.
Vi was a pioneer woman with a loving and adventurous spirit. She was born on Jan. 15, 1926, to Opal Green in Cromwell, Okla. Her family moved to California when she was three. Mom left school at 16, to work as "Wendy the Welder" in the shipyards of Oakland, Calif., for the war effort. In 1944, at age 19, she married John Alexander Chambers. She had 10 children total. She often worked two jobs to raise her children and keep from receiving government help. She married Thomas Francis Sullivan when she was 38. They moved from Great Falls, Mont., to a small farm in Troy, Mont., and she had her last child when she was 40. With the help of lifetime friend Ruby Stapley, she learned and then taught her children how to farm the land, harvest the crops, milk the cows and tend to the livestock. In 1969, Mom talked our family into moving to Alaska, and we landed in Petersburg for 2 years, where she was a camp cook at a rugged fly-in logging camp; owned/operated a day care center; and worked in the Obergs cannery. In 1971, she moved the family to Kenai, Alaska, where she owned/operated Flash Taxi. She was loved by the many lifelong friends she made along her life's journey. Mom always had room for one more mouth to feed at her table.
Mom leaves a long legacy to be proud of. She was an amazing woman, a devoted mother and gave all her love - all her life.
She is awaited in Heaven by her mother, Opal Rearick; her infant brother, Donald Rearick; sons, Russell "Russ" Chambers and Charles "Chuck" Allen Chambers; and brother-in-law, Menco Copinga.
She is survived by her little brother, Ron Rearick of Wyoming; and little sister, Sue Copinga of Elmo, Utah. She is also survived by her remaining six children: John Chambers of Anchorage, Alaska, Kevin Chambers of Arizona, Cindy Alberthal (Rick ) of Washington, Carol Stielstra (Chuck), Lianne Hopper (Maurice) of Anchorage and Julie (Katie) Foster (Gary) of Palmer. She is also survived by her forever loved grandchildren, Mathew Chambers, Corrie Phillips, Corene Alvarado, Jeremiah McClung, Chad Chambers, Chelsea Senn, Jamie Dues, Stacie Eckenstein, Sarah (McClung) Thompson, Geoffrey Pyne, Johnny Foster and Tommy Foster; her great-grandchildren; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and friends.
Our very special thank you to all those that cared for mom in her last years while living at the home of her youngest daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Gary Foster. Comfort Keepers provided many, many loving caregivers that became like family to her. We owe you all a debt of gratitude and thanks.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 25 to June 28, 2017