Viola May "Vi" (Barrett) Grant

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Viola "Vi" May (Barrett) Grant, a true native of Montana, died from complications of dementia and congestive heart failure at Gallatin County Nursing Home, on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the age of 89 years. Vi was born at Regina Montana, on Aug. 20, 1926, to Ephrium and Veva Barrett. Delivered by a local mid wife, she was the second of five Barrett children, and the only daughter. Viola was raised in Malta, Montana, graduating from Malta High School in 1944. After high school graduation, during World War II, she traveled to Bremerton, Washington, where she worked in the shipyards. Later, she returned to Malta, Montana, whereupon at age 19, she married John Melvin "Mel" Grant on Sept. 2, 1945. Their wedding took place in the historic "Little White Church". Viola began her employment career as a telephone operator in Malta, Montana. When the family moved to Havre, her career with Mountain Bell Telephone continued once her children were active in schools. For nearly 28 years, they raised their children west of Havre. When Vi accepted a new company position in Helena, Montana, she and Mel moved there, where she continued her career, until 1986, when she retired.

Viola enjoyed many things in her life, including spending time with her grandchildren, card games, dancing, cooking and family reunions with her Montana and Canadian cousins. At times, horseback riding with her husband Mel, provided them both good times and great memories, as they explored Montana's scenic beauty from the backs of well broke saddle horses. Dad once told a group of people that he and mom never really had a fight, but he did admit that they did has some "Lively Discussions". Viola was a proud member of the United Methodist Church in Havre, Helena and lastly, Bozeman, Montana. Vi is survived by her three children, Dennis (Donna) Grant of Churchill, Montana, Dallas (Jeannie) Grant of Clearwater, Idaho, and Dixie (Mike) Lucero of Bozeman, Montana, her grandchildren, Justin (Wakuna) Grant of Manhattan, Montana, Krystal (Kyle) Mathews, of Arlington, Washington, and Cameron Lucero, Bozeman, and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Mel, and two grandchildren. At Viola's request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to honor and celebrate Mom's life will be held at a later date to be announced.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Churchill Retirement Home, 6151 Shady Rest Street, Manhattan, MT 59741, or to a .
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 24, 2016
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