Viola Ireland 1920-2014

Viola Mae Ireland passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at McCrite Plaza Retirement Community in Topeka, Kansas.

Viola was born Oct. 17, 1920, in Circleville, Kansas, to James Ruth and Anna Swain Ruth. Viola was the youngest of eleven children. She graduated from Circleville High School in 1938.

Viola married Lawrence O. Ire­land in 1941 and lived in Holton, Kansas, until 1959 when they moved to Topeka. They later di­vorced.

Viola worked for the District Court Trustee office in Shawnee County and retired in 2005. She was a member of Crestview Meth­odist Church. Viola was a member and past president of Phi Tau Omega Sorority and an avid bridge player.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and four sisters. Survivors include one daughter, Janet Beffort, Topeka; three sons, Gerald Ireland and his wife Ellen of Lenexa, James Ire­land and his wife Linda of Topeka, and Dan Ireland of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Viola will lie in state after 3 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Fri­day, July 25 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel. Burial will be held in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, Topeka.

The family wishes to thank the McCrite Plaza Assisted Living staff for their outstanding care of their Mother. Memorial contributions can be made to Crestview Method­ist Church, 2245 S.W. Eveningside Drive, Topeka, KS 66614; or McCrite Plaza Assisted Living Ac­tivity Fund, 1308 S.W. 37th St., Topeka, KS 66611.

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