Violet Kathryn Standish
July 4, 1920 ~ January 29, 2014
On January 29, 2014, Violet Kathryn Standish, a gentle and gracious soul, passed peacefully into the arms of God. Vi leaves behind a legacy of joy and warmth as reflected in the memory of her infectious smile, and in the sincerity and genuine concern she showed for her family and many friends. Born July 4, 1920, to John and Molly Manier Hedges in Olympia, WA, Vi graduated from Olympia High School in 1938. She met and married Lawrence Nathan Standish in 1942, and they made Leavenworth, WA their first home. They also raised their four children in Leavenworth. Vi was a devoted homemaker. She was also active in PTA and community theater and served as the secretary for the local high school. In 1964, Lawrence’s job promotion took the family to Ellensburg, WA. Vi became active in Toastmistress and Hospice and also worked several years at the CWU library. After Lawrence’s death in 1971, Vi began a job she truly loved. Many people called her the “Hallmark Lady” during her 22 years at Platt’s Papermill in Ellensburg.
Vi was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Lawrence “Larry”, a sergeant and 26-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol; and her three brothers, John Hedges of Albuquerque, NM, Charles Hedges of Olympia, WA, and Scott Hedges of Wenatchee, WA. She is survived by her four children: Valarie (Richard) Olivers of Redmond, WA, Larry Standish of Ellensburg, David (Rebecca) Standish of Ellensburg and Kathryn Standish of Bellevue, WA. Vi adored and doted on her six grandchildren: Jack (MacKenzie) Olivers of Spokane, WA, Adrienne Olivers of Redmond, Tami (Matt) Willey of Mackay, Australia, Kayla Standish of Townsville, Australia, Nate (Teresa) Standish of Ellensburg and Joe (Nicole) Standish of Cle Elum, WA. She enthusiastically followed their school activities and sports. Vi was also blessed with five precious great-grandchildren: Bella and Taynum Standish, and Hanna, Oliver, and Harper Willey, as well as several nieces and nephews, who she held close to her heart.
A zest for life, a heart of gold, and an unwavering optimism are only a few of the treasured memories we have of this amazing woman. A Celebration of her Life will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1307 East 3rd, Ellensburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Royal Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation. Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory, Ellensburg.