Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
Viola E. Mayers
Viola Elizabeth Goeser Mayers, 96, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital.
Viola was born February 5, 1923 in Banner Township, the daughter of John and Anna (Wengeler) Goeser. She grew up on the family farm with her parents, three brothers, three sisters and often shared fond memories of working and playing there. She attended school in Banner Township, received her teaching certificate, and taught until she married.
She and Gerald Mayers married on September 24, 1946 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Calio, ND. They settled in Devils Lake where they raised their six children. They celebrated 68 years of marriage until Jerry passed away in 2014.
Viola was a skilled homemaker, helped at St. Joseph parish and school, was a member of the Circle of Infant of Prague, and supported Jerry in his Knights of Columbus and business endeavors.
She loved playing cards with family and friends, and could beat most of us at any card game, even at age 96! She also loved to dance and recalled with glee the many dances she attended with Jerry; her eyes always twinkled at the thought of a waltz or polka.
Above all, Viola was a devout Christian and a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend. In her quiet way, she loved, listened, and helped friends and family alike.
She leaves all six of her children: Nancy (Mike) Krueger of Felton MN, Linda Claverly of Mesa AZ, Gary (Stephanie) Mayers of Bastrop TX, Randy (Cindy) Mayers of Devils Lake ND, Lynn (Mary Ann) Mayers of Cincinnati OH and Wayne (Ramah) of Burlington KY.
She leaves sixteen grandchildren: Scott Krueger, Kashane (Rick) Clausen, Krista (Zakk) Dunning, Steven Cooley, Dustin Mayers, Brandi (Daniel) Howell, Amanda Mayers, Melissa (Bob) Bingham, Becky Mayers, Robert (Heather) Mayers, Nicole (Cody) Samuel, Allyson (Nicholas) Rafanello, Katelyn (Jay) Chamberlain, Becky (Alex Main) Schmidt, Silas Mayers, and Kaden Mayers, along with many great grandchildren.
Viola also leaves three brothers, Edwin (Iona) Goeser, Eugene (Mary) Goeser, and Pete (Nancy) Goeser and her sister, Diane (Richard) Jundt.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald, granddaughter Ariane Wheeler, great granddaughter Katiana Wheeler, and sisters Genevieve McLean and Irene Sterling.
She also leaves many beloved friends and in-laws, and treasured caregiver Rose Rockvoy. Many family members and friends visited and helped Viola during her final two weeks, a testimony to the power of friendship and love. We are truly grateful for the outpouring of support.
Visitation will be from 4-7PM Sunday, October 20, 2019 with a Rosary Service and Scripture Service at 7:00PM, all in Gilbertson-Golger Funeral Home, Devils Lake, ND.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, October 21, 2019, at 10:00AM in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devils Lake, ND.
Burial will be held at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devils Lake, ND.
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