On October 28, 2017, Vi Chaney wife of Carl Chaney of Aurora left this world to begin her Journey to be with her heavenly family, she was surrounded by family as she passed.
Viola (Vi) Chaney was 92 years, 11 months old. She was born in Johnson City, New York to Reverend Leon and Hattie Mae Wilson on November 27, 1924. Viola (Vi) received her Lord as Savior as a young child, she spoke often of the summers she spent attending summer Bible camp with her siblings. She attended church throughout her life, up until her health began to fail, but whenever there was an opportunity to sing the old gospel tunes-she would sing along when she wasn’t seen to be tapping her feet and clapping to the rhythm.
She is survived by her husband Carl Chaney of 19 years, and four children, and 5 Step-children. Judy and Walter Price of Aurora, Jean and Junior Haddock of Aurora, Rick and Donna Isley of Windsor, Mo. Randy and Jenise Isley of Jenkins, J.T. and Silva Blankenship of Cassville, Mo, Kenny and Diana Blankenship of Springfield, MO. Bruce Chaney of Springfield, Susan and Jack Murray of Aurora, Darrell Chaney of Aurora. Annette Isley daughter in law, Alabama, Teresa Chaney of Aurora.
Viola (Vi) was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harvey Isley (June 6, 1967), Stanley Blankenship (August 4, 1991). One brother, three sisters, one son (Joe Isley) one Grandson (Jim Isley), two great granddaughters, Britt and Shelby Paul and one step-grandson (Josh Murray).
Viola (Vi) Chaney worked as a cook for the Horner School until its closing, at that time she worked at Jumping Jack Shoe Factory in Cassville, until her retirement. Viola (Vi) at that time assisted her husband Stanley on the farm, feeding cattle, raising chickens, taking care of her grandchildren.
Viola (Vi’s) main objective in life was to be a good wife, mother, and great grandmother. With her passing, she leaves behind a legacy of memories that will never be forgotten by any of her family. For many years, the extended family enjoyed Sunday dinners of Garlic Chicken, Cole Slaw and Wacky Cake. Easter Egg hunts, Christmas where everyone would come and argue over who was going to be master of the bathroom. It never failed that there would be so many.
Many of the grandchildren will remember times spent throwing snowballs, freezing hands and cold feet, creating snowmen that would stay in the yard until a warm thaw. In the spring, there were rock throwing contests in the creek below the house, the best we save to the last, watching Granny prepare the syrup for the popcorn balls that had to be ready for the Christmas dinner. Over a hundred popcorn balls would be made. There are some that will remember the hot days of summer helping shovel sawdust in preparation of baby chicks for the two chicken houses. Remembering the eggs that had to be picked up after the chicks grew into hens. Thousands of eggs each day.
Trips to Silver Dollar City, Fireworks at Shell Knob, Wiener roasts at Flat Creek, Cassville Christmas Parades. Memories of Winedrop cookies, Ragu Spaghetti, butter sauce cake. Vi’s home was always the place to go to celebrate life. Many a person sat at the table drinking hot coffee, sharing news, visiting. Not a day of Vi’s life was wasted, she left behind a lifetime legacy of memories. In addition her family consisting of three generations, 23 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and 14 great-great grands.
Her family was her life, a life worthwhile. Granny BC you will never be forgotten, you have left a part of yourself in every member of this family, and those that will come.
Services were held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Burial will be at Corinth Cemetery in Cassville
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