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Viola Barnett (1923 - 2013)

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Viola Barnett, 90

New Hope, Minnesota

Formerly of St. Cloud

March 23, 1923 ~ May 31, 2013

Viola Barnett passed away peacefully on May 31, 2013 in New Hope, Minnesota at the age of 90. Viola was born in Palisades Park, New Jersey on March 23, 1923. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Arthur Barnett M.D. She is survived by her children: Mary Abeln (Ken), Daniel Barnett (Laurie), Peter Barnett, Julie Olson (Randy), Aimee Barnett, and Irene Simeck (Jim), her grandchildren Molly Abeln (Emily), Matt Abeln (Andrea), Nick Barnett (Heidi), Aimee Barnett, Joe Barnett, Alina Hopkins, Nathan Hopkins, Sean Semick, Drew Semick, and great grandchildren Levi and Simon Abeln, Ben & Josiah Barnett.

Viola married her husband Arthur on November 10, 1945. They lived in many different places during their marriage including Washington DC, Monahans, TX, St. Cloud, MN, Spokane, WA, Medford, OR, Reno, NV, and Portland, OR. After Arthur's death in 2005, Viola moved to New Hope, MN to be closer to her daughter Mary and her family.

Viola was a lifelong learner, attending college at the same time as her children, and graduating from Southern Oregon State College in 1979.

Viola's greatest passion in life, besides her family, was painting. She didn't have the opportunity to study and develop her talent until after her children were grown. Her preferred medium was watercolor and she captured the varied patterns both in nature and in manmade objects, which allowed for a wide choice of subject matter. Viola was a member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists, the Artists Workshop and The Watercolor Society of Oregon, where she was a juried artist and selected into their bi-annual shows. Her work can be seen in her children's and grandchildren's homes.

Viola worked as a volunteer for 20 years for the Rogue Valley Community Works Help Line. Her hobbies included fishing, square dancing with her husband, camping, and golf.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, MN to celebrate Viola's life.

Donations are asked to be made to Ambassador Good Samaritan, New Hope, MN or The .

Interment will take place at a future date at Willamette National V.A. Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on June 23, 2013
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