On June 29, 2016, we lost our mother, Viola.
She was born to Chauncey and Lillian (Lofgren) Mowrey, of Belle Fouche, S.D., on April 25, 1925.
Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Howard William Friskey Sr. of McGill, Nev. in 2005, a brother Conrad Mowrey and a sister Connie Cunningham.
Viola is survived by her sons, Howard William Friskey Jr. (Billy) of Dayton, Nev., Reginald Lee Friskey of Mesquite, Nev., Clair Lindon Friskey of Hillsboro, Ore., and Hal Mowrey Friskey of Denver, Colo.
She is also survived by two sisters: Lorraine Weimer (Rapid City, S.D.), and Linnea Gottman (East Moline, Ill.). She is also survived by granddaughters Adrienne Walling, Danielle Friskey, and Sophia Friskey, and one grandson Clayton Friskey. She is also survived by four great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Viola grew up on a ranch in southeast Wyoming and loved to talk about her childhood experiences on the ranch with her brothers and sisters. After graduating Belle Fouche High School, she trained as a nurse in Rapid City, S.D., and went into the profession for a time in both Rapid City, S.D. and Ely, Nev.
After marrying, she and Howard lived in Lead, S.D., where Howard Jr. was born in 1948 and Reginald in 1949. They subsequently lived in Los Angeles, Calif., before moving to McGill, Nev., in 1953.
She gave birth in Ely to sons Clair and Hal in 1953 and 1958 respectively. Viola was active in the McGill Rebekah Lodge #30 for many years.
A private memorial service was held for Viola on July 16, 2016 in Ely, Nev.