She was born on July 19, 1935, in Townsend to the late Warren and Marjorie (nee Bailey) Ward.
Viona, also known as “Vi,” was a 1953 Norwalk High School graduate. She loved the Lord, her family, her church and her Cleveland Indians. She had at one time enjoyed playing women’s softball and was a longtime scorekeeper for the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department.
Vi was a 4-H Leader and supporter, Grange member, and head band booster at Western Reserve at one time as well.
Viona was a U.S. postal carrier for many years before answering the call to missions work with her late husband, Frank. Vi and Frank dedicated their time to Crosslands Missions and the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico and then on to Missionary Flights International in West Palm Beach, Florida, before later managing Lopez RV Park together in Oak Hills, Florida.
Survivors include children, Kenneth W. (Stephanie) Carey of Amherst, Cheryl E. Saxton of Columbia, South Carolina, Letitia J. (Christopher) Scheck of West Jefferson, Ohio, and Richard J. (Sandy) Carey of Norwalk; sisters, Hazel Ward and Cornelia (Larry) Giesecke of Collins; brother, Warren Ward of Salem, Alabama; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Frank Carey, in 2003.
Services were Monday, Sept. 9, at Walker-Eastman-Heydinger Funeral Home, and Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Calvary Baptist Church, Norwalk. Burial followed in Collins Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Viona’s honor may be directed to Missionary Flights International, 3170 Airmans Drive, Fort Pierce, FLA 34946.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed at walkereastmanheydingerfh.com.