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Violet Scovill

Violet "Vi" E. Scovill, age 95, of Willmar, died Monday afternoon, Jan. 22, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Church of St. Mary. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Church of St. Mary are preferred.

Violet "Vi" Evangeline Scovill was born on August 4, 1922, on the family farm in Swift County near Benson, Minnesota, the daughter of Albert and Mary Ann (Norton) Halsey. When Violet was a few years old her family moved to Willmar and she graduated from Willmar High School in 1940. On November 29, 1941, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willmar, Vi was married to Charles Warren Scovill. When Charles left to serve overseas in the Army during WW II, Violet lived with her sister. Following the war, Violet and Charles made their home in Willmar. Violet was an active member of St. Mary's, the Daughters of Isabella and a familiar face on the funeral serving committee.

The coffee pot was always on and Violet welcomed family and friends to enjoy a cup and conversation. She loved to treat her family to special homemade treats. Violet was renowned for her blueberry pies made in a cake pan and pull-a-part caramel rolls. She and Charles enjoyed spending summers at several cabins that they built on Lake Florida and family camping trips to Cross Lake. Later in life, Violet and Charles enjoyed volunteering at Meals on Wheels in the Willmar community.

She is survived by her four children, Joan (and Mike) Madsen of Brooklyn Park, Chuck (and Jan) Scovill of Coon Rapids, Jan (and Bob) Saulsbury of Willmar and Mary Scovill (and Tom Jaeger) of Mapleton; ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Shirley Halsey of Willmar, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles in 1996; six brothers and five sisters.

Cemetery Details

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
1459 15th St. SW
Willmar, MN,


JAN 27. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


Mass of Christian Burial

JAN 27. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Shirley, Pat, Terri, Brooke, Chad, and Chase Halsey purchased the Pink & White Sympathy Standing Basket for the family of Violet "Vi" E. Scovill.

Shirley, Pat, Terri, Brooke, Chad, and Chase Halsey - January 24 at 11:58 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear the news of Violet's passing. Your family will be in our thoughts as you go thru this difficult time. Lee Johnson, Chase Halsey, Brooke and Chad Sikkink.

Lee Johnson - January 25 at 11:46 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Hi Mary Ellen! I'm John and Joyce Rutherford's daughter. Not sure if you remember me... been an awful long time.

Lisa Rutherford - March 19 at 11:33 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Aunt Vi's passing. I have so many good memories of her. She was always welcoming and kind. Always had baked treats coming out of the oven. She was organized and busy but always had time to sit and talk over coffee. She made everyone feel,special.I am so sorry for your loss. Another angel got her wings! Cousin Mary Ellen (Mike) Scovill Toskey

Mary Ellen Scovill Toskey - January 26 at 05:30 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To Violet's family, Sorry, but since I moved fairly recently it may have been difficult to locate me. I just heard about her passing and as she is my aunt and really a lovely and sweet lady, she will be much missed. The last I saw her was in 2016 at the nursing home and sad to say her vision was really impaired. Please accept my condolences and unfortunately it is too late for me to attend her funeral service due to distance. During my growing up years I saw alot of Violet as she and my mom Sylvia and her sister Esther were very close. It seems strange that all the family is now gone and their sister-in-law Shirley is still alive. Again she will be so much missed by so many. Darryl and Barb Sletten

Darryl and Barb Sletten - January 27 at 09:49 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Thinking of Violet and family today -- sorry we are so far away and cannot be with you. We were so fortunate to have our last lovely visit with her in Spring of last year -- she was in great spirits and had many memories to share. George especially recalls the times when he was a child and went with his mom to visit with Vi. She was a spitfire!

Paulette Warren - January 27 at 04:31 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I just found out about Vi's passing!!! So sorry for your loss! I LOVED spending time with Vi and "Warnie". Chi always had the step stool in the kitchen for me to sit on, or to get candy out of the cabinet. I loved sitting in her kitchen... always smelled so good. We had talked about her at my Mom's service (Feb 3rd)... I'm so sorry I didn't know in time. I have such wonderful memories, and great photos of our visits. My heartfelt sympathies to all. Much love from Dad (Jack/John) as well. Lisa Rutherford

Lisa Rutherford - March 19 at 11:39 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Please exude my typos/autocorrect.Vi always had her step stool available for me...

Lisa Rutherford - March 19 at 11:40 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM