Viola Lillian Bothe - Brookings

June 7, 1921 - Sept. 13, 2019

Viola Lillian Bothe 98, of Brookings,  passed away Sept. 13, 2019 at The Neighborhoods at Brookview, Brookings.  

Funeral services have been set for 10:30am Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 at Rude’s Funeral Home, Brookings  Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services at Rude’s Funeral Home, Brookings,.

 Viola L. Bothe was born on June 7, 1921, in Brookings, South Dakota the daughter of Fred and Hilda (Anderson) Bothe.

Viola received her education at Camp School south of Aurora, SD, in Trenton, Township.  Following her education, she lived on the family farm near Aurora and Brookings.  In 1950, she moved to her family farm near Brookings, SD.  She spent her farm life caring for her family, cleaning, canning and baking which she loved to do. 

She moved into Brookings in 2000.  She lived in Stoney Brook and in 2014 moved into The Neighborhoods at Brookview, where she enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives.  It is there that she met her special friend, Kim Berwald.  She loved riding on the BATA bus where she again made special friends. 

She loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed gardening and working with flowers.

Viola is survived by nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Ervin, Edwin and Virgil and two sisters, Violet and Alma.

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