Violette Jessee "Vi" Shillington (1922 - 2018)

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SHILLINGTON, VIOLETTE "Vi" JESSEE, a native and lifelong Miamian, died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 5. She was 95. Born on Oct. 12, 1922, in the home of her parents near the Miami River, she was the oldest of four children. Her first memory was sitting in her mother's lap as the roof of their house blew off during the Hurricane of 1926. She witnessed nearly a century of change in her beloved hometown, living most of her adult life in Coconut Grove just steps from Biscayne Bay. Vi graduated from Edison High School and attended Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University) before working as a deputy clerk for the Circuit Court at the Dade County Courthouse. After that, she worked as a bookkeeper, meeting and marrying the love of her life, CPA and World War II veteran Hugh Shillington, who died in 1995. Vi relished volunteering, whether in the Altar Guild at First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables or at Doctors Hospital, where she comforted patients and assisted doctors and nurses in the Emergency Room for 42 years. She took up golf in middle age and became a champion player at the Biltmore and Granada golf courses and in the Greater Miami Women's Golf Association. She made colorful crafts, crocheted afghans and stayed busy helping others. She was an animal lover and avid sports fan, always cheering for the Hurricanes. Most of all, she was deeply devoted to her family and friends. She is survived by son Bill Shillington (Helene) of Miami and grandchildren Richard, Leslie and Julie; daughter Patty Shillington and granddaughter Claire, with whom she lived happily in her final years in their Coral Gables home; sisters Mary Smith of Boca Raton and Catherine Young of Winter Haven; six nieces and nephews, 11 great nieces and nephews, 16 great great nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, and Service at 11 a.m. Thursday Jan. 11, at Van Orsdel Funeral Chapel, 4600 SW Eighth St., Miami, followed by interment at Miami Memorial Park. In her final wishes, Vi suggested donations in her memory to Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
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4600 SW 8th St.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Published in the Miami Herald from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2018
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