Viola L. Buchanan
Viola L. Buchanan, 88, of Wenatchee and former resident of Leavenworth and the upper Valley, died December 20, 2013, at Central Washington Hospital. She was born November 24, 1925, at the family home in Dryden, WA, to Victor and Melita (Matt) Peterson, where she was raised and educated. Viola graduated from Dryden High School, where she was a high school cheerleader and achieved academic excellence. She went on to attend Washington State College, now WSU, where she studied biology and bacteriology, which remained a lifelong passion of hers. She was married on July 31, 1949, to Gene Buchanan and they made their home in Leavenworth, until moving to Wenatchee in 2002. In addition to devoting her life to family as wife and mother, Viola was also a member of Leavenworth Vesta Junior Women’s Club; a 4-H leader in sewing; and she enjoyed gardening and preserving the fruits of her labor. Viola was an accomplished quilter, preferring to hand stitch all of her quilts and she was an excellent cook, noted for her pies and cookies, especially amongst her children. Having milk and cookies ready after school for her children or hot chocolate and warm dry clothes for everyone after a family outing, are treasured gifts she gave her family. She loved drawing, reading stories and spending time with her grandchildren and later when she lived at Columbia Heights, she especially loved having everyone meet her great-grandchildren. Living with Parkinson’s for many years, Viola helped those around her learn to slow down and cherish the moments when we share and help each other.
Viola is survived by two sons, Marc Gene (Marcia) Buchanan of Wenatchee and David Alan (Nancy) Buchanan of Malaga; one daughter, Deborah Leigh (Gordon) Pobst of Orondo; four grandchildren, Robin (Chad) Wickert of East Wenatchee, Kristy (Chad) Traynor of Cashmere, Schaefer Buchanan and McAlister Buchanan both of Malaga; four great-grandchildren, Maya and Cody Wickert and Kora and Kyson Traynor; brother, Ralph (Pauline) Peterson of Wenatchee; sisters, Mildred Grams of Spokane, Ruth Mylius and Shirley (Arlo) Reister both of Wenatchee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, in January, 2007; one son, Daryl Lee Buchanan; one brother; one sister; and her parents.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Columbia Heights for the loving care of their mother and grandmother.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 10, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth. If desired, memorials can be made to Central Washington Hospital. Wards Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.