Viola Montana Ward, 82, of Warrenton, passed away December 29, 2018, at her home.
Viola and her husband Bob owned the business of Frost Diner in Warrenton during the 1970s and ’80s before selling their business 1997. Viola grew up on a ranch in Miles City, Montana, herding and milking cattle. Her father was given the opportunity to purchase the land for $1 when he reached New York City. He survived the Titanic sinking.
Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. “Bob” Ward Sr.; her son, Robert L. “Bobby” Ward Jr.; her parents, Arthur and Louise Neumiller Scheibel; an infant brother, and brother, Ernest “Pat” Scheibel of Tacoma, Washington; four sisters, Elizabeth (Harold) Wheadon of Miles City, Montana, Esther (Pat) Walsh of Tacoma, Freida (Bill) Williams of Silverton, Oregon, and Margaret (Bruce) Gentry of Kennewick, Washington.
Survivors include her loving daughter, Karen Marie Ward of Warrenton; a brother, Robert (Rosemary) Scheibel of Miles City, Montana; a sister, Hilda Beeler (Bill) Souza of Reno, Nevada; six grandchildren, Misty Tavishati (Todd), Bobbie Jo Hall (Dave), Stephanie Bruce (Chris), Jonathan Robert Louis Ward (Jennifer), Frank Ward and Matthew Ward, and 13 great-grandchildren, Kirsten and Bryce Tavishati, Tyler and Makyla Placek, Abel, Dylan and Kayla Bruce, Auston and Ryan Hall, Piper Whitney, Jameson and Holden Ward.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, January 7, when the service will begin at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. A shelter service will follow at Culpeper National Cemetery. A reception will follow the services at the Wards’ home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com