LYMAN — Viola Birch, 97, was born on Jan. 24, 1922 in Coalville, Utah; to Elmer Doris and Margaret Matilda Staley. She passed away on April 10, at Rocky Mountain Care in Evanston. She was the second of nine children. They were raised on a sheep ranch in Upton, Utah.
On Oct. 17, 1939, she married Rex Birch and they moved to Atlantic City. For two years (1942-1944) they moved to various places while Rex was in the U.S. Navy, then returning to Atlantic City.
In 1952, they moved to Lyman to start a construction company where Vi continued to drive trucks until she was 73 years old. She always had a tale to tell about her driving experiences.
She enjoyed spending the winters in Mexico and Yuma, Ariz., traveling in their motorhome, doing embroidery work and hunting rocks.
Viola is survived by a son, Dee (Glenys); and a daughter, Dixie, both of Lyman. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and three sisters.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston. A viewing will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Lyman Cemetery.
Condolences may be made at www.crandallfhevanston.com.