2018-01-09 / Obituaries

Violet J. Vail

Violet J. Vail, of Kerrville, Texas, formerly of Walton, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 1, 2018, at the Villagio in Kerrville, Texas, following a long illness.

Violet was born on Sept. 21, 1922, in Tabor, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of the late T. George and Marjorie (Shapley) Johnston. She married Willard F. Vail on May 15, 1943 at Bovina. He died on Aug. 15, 1991 in Walton. She was a graduate of Andes Central School and Albany Business School. Violet was employed as a secretary, first at Walton Central School and later by the State University at Delhi.

Violet enjoyed knitting, sewing and reading. She also realized the importance of taking care of herself and did aerobics up until her illness made it difficult. For many years Violet enjoyed visiting her children and grandchildren locally and in Texas.

Violet is survived by her loving family, two daughters, Diane Theiss of Kerrville, Texas, and Linda and Joseph Pescatore of West Haverstraw; one son, Thomas J. Vail of Walton; grandchildren Julie and Andrew, Jennifer and Flordelino, Kendra and Doug, Karey, and Tony and Dara; great-grandchildren Daryl, Phoebe, Kaitlyn, Owen and Joseph; one sister, Helen Johnston of Jacksonville, Ala.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a grandson, Billy Vail, two brothers, Allan and John Johnston and a sonin law Darryl Theiss.

Arrangements are under the direction of Courtney Funeral Home, Walton.

Services will be held at a date and time to be announced.

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