Cullom--Violet M. Kyburz, 95, of Normal, formerly of Cullom, passed away at 4:30 pm on Wednesday (July 13, 2016) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Her funeral will be at 11 am on Saturday at the Cullom United Methodist Church, Cullom, with Pastor Jonathan Brashear officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until the time of service on Saturday at the church. Burial will follow in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Memorial in Violet's name may be made to the Cullom United Methodist Church or Cullom Fire and EMS. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Cullom, is handling the arrangements.
Violet was born June 20, 1921, on a farm near Sibley, a daughter of Henry and Agnes Lucy Stehle Garrels. She married Dan Kyburz on March 20, 1943, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kyburz in Chatsworth. He preceded her in death on July 16, 2003.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda (Gary) Roberts, Mount Zion, and Susan (John) Fox, Downs; seven grandchildren, Kip Harms, Cullom; Kregg Harms, Cabery, Chad (Ele) Roberts, Erie, Colo; Ginger (Mike) Murt, Paducah, Ky.; Denver (Angie) Fox, Heyworth, Levi Fox, Austin, Texas; and Logan Fox, Libertyville; and five great grandchildren, Savannah Murt, Corbin Fox, Drew Roberts, Lyla Fox and Ezra Fox.
Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Betty Kyburz, Indianapolis, Ind., and good friend, Virginia Lee, Chatsworth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Roy Harms; and a brother, Edward Garrels.
Vi worked for a confectionery in Forrest after graduating from Forrest High School. Vi married Dan and moved to a farm northwest of Chatsworth. She and Dan farmed, raised dairy cattle and later both worked at the Conibear Drug Store in Chatsworth.
Vi taught Sunday school at the Chatsworth Methodist Church for 18 years and was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years. She was on the United Methodist Chuch and Centennial Committees. Violet was a member of the Women's Club and Home Extension for 75 years.
Dan and Vi moved to a farm east of Cullom in 1978 to raise their two grandsons, and later moved into town in June 1990. Vi eventually moved to Bloomington, first in an apartment, then the Blair House and finally Heartland Health Care Center.
Vi was proud to be a homemaker and a farmer,s wife. She served the church, schools and communities of Chatsworth and Cullom.
She loved her three daughters, loved to cook for her gandchildren and was happy to meet her great grandchildren. Vi enjoyed celebrating birthdays and holidays and brought joy and laughter to all events. She will be greatly missed.
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