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Viola Mae Sinn Deckard

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Viola Mae Sinn Deckard, 96, of Hendersonville, N.C., formerly of Montclair, died on Friday, Oct. 19, at Life Care Center of Hendersonville.

A native of Bloomington, Ind., she was born to the late Fred Wesley and Grace Pearl Galyon Sinn.

She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Indiana University, and her master's degree from the Indiana School of Nursing in Indianapolis. Mrs. Deckard became head nurse of the Children's Floor at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, and served in numerous other hospital, private duty, and camp nursing capacities.

After marrying Paul A. Deckard, they lived in Fort Sill, Okla., until the end of his active military service, when he retired as lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army. The couple then lived in Logansport, Ind., and Montclair, where Mr. Deckard was principal of Bradford and Northeast schools. They retired to Hendersonville in 1978.

She was a faithful member of Mills River Presbyterian Church, Mills River, N.C., and enjoyed bird watching and gardening.

Mrs. Deckard was predeceased by her husband, Paul A. Deckard; her brothers, Cleo Sinn, Samuel Sinn, and Wesley Sinn Jr.; and her sister, Olive Sinn Rone. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Kay Deckard Leonard and her husband Michael; her son, Stephen Troy Deckard and his wife Pamela; two brothers, Charles Sinn and his wife Sue, and Paul Sinn and his wife Rosalee; and her sister-in-law, Katherine Sinn; her grandchildren, David Hill and his wife Kim, Dennis Hill and his wife Nicole, Jessica A. Deckard, Mathew C. Leonard, Paul W. Deckard, Hillary G. Leonard, Stephanie J. Deckard, Phillip A. Leonard, and Gifford J. Leonard; and her great-grandchildren, David A. Hill, Ryan C. Hill, Christopher A. Hill, and Ainsley Jane Hill.

A funeral service was held on Oct. 27 at First Christian Church, Bloomington, Ind., with the Rev. Stephen T. Deckard officiating. A register book is available online by visiting

Published in The Montclair Times on Nov. 20, 2012
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