AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Viola Taylor, of Eagan, formerly of Ogilvie, died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Commons of Marice in Eagan. She was 93 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 26th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home.
VISITATION will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Viola Mae Grauel Taylor, of Eagan, MN, formerly of Ogilvie, passed away on November 22, 2016 at the Commons on Marice. She was 93 years old.
Viola was born on October 19, 1923 near Knife Lake in Kanabec County, MN to Tedwell and Grace (Vian) Rogne. One of nine children, Viola grew up on the family farm near Ann Lake. Viola was united in marriage to Harold Taylor and they were blessed with two daughters, Sharon and Karron. Several years later Harold died unexpectedly in a truck accident. Viola later married George Grauel on March 28, 1950 and they were blessed with a son George. The family lived in the Ann Lake area and Viola worked as a waitress at the Dew-Drop Inn and other Ann Lake and Mora Restaurants. Viola spent many years working at the Twin Cities Arsenal in Shoreview, Fingerhut in Mora and later at EPC in Mora. In 1975 George died unexpectedly of a heart attack. On April 30, 1977 Viola was united in marriage to Howard Taylor. The couple remained in the Mora area until Howard’s death in June of 1991.
Viola was a compassionate caregiver throughout her life, always ready to help family and friends in need. Viola loved animals. Throughout the years she had several cherished dogs and cats. She also enjoyed raising farm animals including chickens and cattle. Viola enjoyed cooking and baking; taking goodies to friends and neighbors. She loved to knit, embroider, crochet and she made numerous tied blankets. In her younger years she loved family fishing trips in the summer and winter. She enjoyed a sense of peace and serenity when outdoors in the garden or feeding the birds, ducks, and squirrels. Viola will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Harold, George and Howard; son-in-law Wally Kenney; siblings, Alva, Milton, Adeline, Wilton, Evelyn, Calvin, and Edward.
She is survived by her children, Sharon (Bob) Knoll, Karron Sohr (Al Kampa), and George (Karen) Grauel; grandchildren, Pam, Jeff, Rhonda, Robin, David, Marcee, Keith and Tim; great grandchildren, Justin, Evan, Hannah, Trenton, Dustin, Abby, Dylan, Nathan, Nicole, Jay and Josh; sister Edith (Darrell) McIalwain; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.