Violet Mae Wendler, 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 21, 2013.
She was born in Marshfield to Jesten and Ellen Kolz Galland and raised in lower Yakima Valley, Wash. Violet attended school in Granview and Mabton.
She married John D. Wendler and lived in Alaska for 22 years, working in aircraft communications. John worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service.
They raised their family in various towns in Alaska, then Lakeview, and Reno, Nev. After retiring to Pedee, they moved to Keizer, and in 2010, to Bend. Violet and John were married 50 years.
Violet enjoyed country life and her many friends and family. She had a love for education and history and worked most of her life. She spent many hours gardening, reading, cooking and sewing.
She was a member of Pedee and Keizer Community Churches and attended Summit Community Church in Bend. Violet was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Alaska Club.
Violet was preceded in death by her husband John; parents Jesten and Ellen Galland; son John L.; daughter Jackie Beacham; and 10 siblings.
She is survived by daughter Gale Bloch, Puyallup, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law Gwen and Jim Millard of Bend; daughter-in-law Argelida Wendler, Wellington, Fla.; grandchildren Jennie and Jim Walsh, Kirkland, Wash., Marc and Greg, Bloch, Wash., Bryan and Heaven Beacham, Cornelius, Kelly and Todd Hoodenpyl, Tillamook, Pat Millard, San Diego, Calif., and Johnny and Tara Wendler, Wellington, Fla.; and 14 great-grandchildren
Violet had a great love for her Country and God. She was fiercely devoted and loyal to her family and her friends. She had such an excitement for each day.