Cannon, Viola G. (Gandee) (September 12, 1895 - January 28, 1988)

Viola G. Cannon

Douglas Budget - February 4, 1988

Funeral services for Viola G. Cannon, 92, were held Monday, Feb. 1 at the Converse Funeral Chapel with Viola McNaney of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Casper, reading the service. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Cannon died Thursday, Jan. 28, at her home in Douglas.

She was born Sept. 12, 1895 in Douglas, Neb. to William and Arvilla (Decker) Gandee. She was the youngest of 12 children. She attended schools and college in Nebraska, being one of the first to graduate from Chadron State Teacher's College. In 1914 she came to Wyoming as a railroad dispatcher for Chicago Northwestern at Lost Springs.

She married William L. Cannon of Lost Springs on Sept. 12, 1920, and they had one son, James, a fatality of the battle of Okinawa in World War II.

After Williams death on July 22, 1929, she married his brother, Oliver "Ollie" G. Cannon in 1930. Viola and Ollie lived and worked on their homestead three miles south of Lost Springs with their two daughters, Hazel and Grace, and son, James.

The family moved to Douglas from Lost Springs in 1941, and Viola worked at the Burlington Northern Railroad in Douglas as a telegrapher-dispatcher, retiring in 1960. Following the death of Ollie on March 7, 1962, she resided at Irwin Towers for several years prior to making her home with her daughter, Hazel, in Douglas.

She was one of the original members of the Friendly Neighbors Garden Club and spent many happy hours in her garden and planting seedling trees in Douglas' parks and along public streets. She also won many ribbons on her jellies and flowers at the Wyoming State Fair. She was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts and Casper. She was also a former member of the Douglas Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her daughters, Hazel Smathers of Douglas and Grace Johnston of Hayward, Calif.; six grandchildren, Gayle Whitsitt of Emporia, Kan., Soni Meckem of Jackson Hole, James Johnston of Topeka, Kan., Lee Smathers of Jackson Hole, Craig Johnston of Newark, Calif., and Cindy Schneider of Casper; and two great grandchildren, Andrew Lance Schneider of Casper and Jessica Rose Whitsitt of Emporia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; one son; ten brothers; and one sister. Serving as pallbearers were Leroy Wulff, Mick Smathers, Butch Bolln, Wilbur Wright, Tom Caskey, and Richard Kant.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Otto Bolln, Frank Thurston, and John Meckem.

A memorial to the Cottonwood Garden Club in Douglas would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


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