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Violet Angeline Eldredge McLain

Obituary for Violet Angeline Eldredge McLain

September 4, 1930 - February 7, 2019
Leander, Texas | Age 88


Violet Angeline Eldredge was born at her home and placed in a shoe box on the oven on September 4, 1930. She wasn't expected to survive and so was never issued a birth certificate. When the doctor returned the next day, he found that she had survived with the same inner fire she did everything in her life with. She grew up in a home with fifteen siblings in Sterling, Idaho with her parents Leone and Samuel Eldredge. Eventually they moved Pocatello, Idaho. As a child she used to pick up potatoes during harvesting season with other school aged children. She lived in a small house with her siblings and shared a room with the majority of them to sleep at night. She graduated from Pocatello High and afterwards joined a nursing school run by local nuns.

Alfred McLain and Violet met each other at a student nurses dance in Boise, Idaho. They were paired up as partners during the Grand Parade and never looked back. In fact, after only a little over a month, they ran off together and eloped. It was not allowed for nursing students to be married so they kept it a secret. Vi still wanted to wear her ring, so she hid it under her clothing by pinning it to her bra, near to her heart.

After Al and Vi got married they lived in Pocatello until they moved to Great Falls Montana where they welcomed their oldest child, Sandra. Then they headed across country to New Jersey where Vi continued to work as a nurse while Al went to school. After 6 years, their family expanded to include four more children over the course of just five years. In 1974, they decided to move their family to Las Cruces, New Mexico to help with Vi's asthma. Vi served as the head nurse for the OB-GYN hospital clinic, which she loved.

In 1987, after each of their children had graduated from high school and moved out, Al and Vi were called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Saint Louis, Missouri. Vi served as the mission president's secretary which was a unique challenge for her. They were released in November of 1988. In 1990, they moved to California to spend time with their beautiful grandchildren, Ashley, April, and Jacob. In 1998, they moved to Provo, Utah, where they built Vi's dream home and were able to spend more time with their other younger grandchildren, attending their numerous school activities. Vi would always keep frozen cinnamon rolls to be warmed up for when the grandkids came to visit. Vi served for fourteen years in the Provo Temple. She was also able to grow her Christmas Village filled with small houses and figurines on a bed of soft snow. She loved that each year her son, Steven and daughter in law, Nancy would hide a new piece in her growing village that she would have to find. In 2017, Vi and Al moved to Leander, Texas to spend time with their daughters, Sandy and Sharon and granddaughter, Ashely.

Violet had many hobbies and interests, including quilting, painting, knitting, cross-stitching, and crochet. She was an avid gardener, reader, and enjoyed cooking. Her style of cooking was warm and inviting and she would make sure to try every piece before it hit the table. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and held many callings that allowed her to share her many talents with others. Most memorably she served as a relief society president, primary president, young women's president, the nurse for the local girl camps, and a missionary.

At the time of her death, Violet and Alfred had just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on the 17th of January. They were able to celebrate their joy, history, and love together. She is survived by 5 children Sandra, Elizabeth, Doug, Steven, and Sharon, 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a sister Carol. She is preceded in death by a child, two grandchildren, one great grandchild and thirteen siblings. Violet passed surrounded by loving family members and her husband.

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