Viola Marie Hill Lowther, daughter of Ephraim Bert Hill and his beloved wife Sabra Abby Bedsaul Hill, returned home on 20 July 2018, at 93 years of age. She was residing in Santaquin, Utah County, Utah. She always said she didn't want to live past 83 yet she lived 10 years beyond the mark.
She was born 13 November 1924, the fourth of six children in Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming. She outlived her 5 siblings, who she loved dearly: Samuel Bert, Arnold Jack, Dorothy Maxine Anderson, Betty June Miller, and Richard Duncan.
At age 5 her family moved to Utah and settled in Ogden where as a child with allergies she was tormented by a neighbor boy who told her, "Go home you lil' snot nosed brat." That same boy, Harold Julius Lowther (Bud), would later become the love of her life.
Vi never missed a day of school, was a proud member of the Pep Squad, and graduated with honors from Ogden High. She also graduated from Weber State with a degree in Nutrition.
A short romance of hand-holding, walks, and a first kiss on the bus where Vi "fell head over heels" for Bud, as she loved to tell it, led to a bus ride to California to say goodbye days before Bud was deployed to the Philippines during World War II. When she arrived he proposed and they found a Justice of the Peace to make it official in San Luis Obispo, California. They were married 15 September 1943 and only had three days as newlyweds before they were separated for three years. She returned to Utah and worked at Hill Air Force Base and later enlisted in the Navy in an effort to bring the boys home, including her husband.
After the war ended they settled down and raised their family of five children: Christine (David) Sorensen of Provo, Denise Rasband of Spanish Fork, Karen (Michael) Rupper of Spanish Fork, Tamera (Kevin) Simpson and Jeffery (Kimberli) Lowther. Tamera (2013) and Jeffery (2017) preceded her in death along with her grandson Ryan Sorensen & her son-in-law David Sorensen.
Vi and Bud's posterity now spans states and generations including 16 Grandchildren, 33 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great Grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly and will miss her. We know she is happily reunited with Harold Julius Lowther, the love of her life, who she has dearly missed since he passed in 1997.
In her last days she wanted to thank all of the wonderful souls that came into her life. As her descendants, we would like to thank her for leaving us such a legacy to remember.
She is to be buried at Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park in Bluffdale, Utah with her Husband. On Thursday 2nd of August 2018 at 1PM. With memorial services to follow thereafter at 2PM at the Memorial Chapel. 17111 South Camp Williams Road Bluffdale, Utah 84065