Violet R. Phelps - Rochester

Violet R. Phelps, 81, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Maple Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation.

Violet Rose Quimby was born Jan. 30, 1931, to Lloyd and Floss (Hair) Quimby in Byron. She graduated from Byron High School in 1949. Violet married Ronald J. Phelps on Sept. 2, 1950, in Rochester. She worked at Mayo Clinic as a medical secretary from 1954-1988 and retired after 34 years of service.

In her younger years, she enjoyed dancing with her husband, Ronald, at various dance halls in the Rochester area.

Violet enjoyed all outdoor activities, including fishing, water skiing, camping and sitting by the campfire. In her later years, she enjoyed crossword puzzles and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Violet is survived by her husband, Ronald, Rochester; her two daughters, Julie (Mark) McCoy, Rochester, and Pam (Gary) Lakner, Oronoco; three grandchildren, Chelsey, Brandon and Emma; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Sylvia; and one sister, Irene Reinke, Rochester.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Evelyn and Arlene; and two brothers, David and Bill.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Byron United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sharon Nelson officiating. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, and one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901. (507) 289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh .