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Viola Mae March

Viola Mae March, 92, of Kahoka, MO, died Thursday, July 3, 2008 at the Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

She was born February 16, 1916 in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the daughter of William and Anna Mae Orton Ransford. On August 29, 1932, she was united in marriage to Frank Wood. To this union two children were born. She was then united in marriage to Elza March on May 17, 1941 in Kirksville, Missouri. He preceded her in death on March 16, 1995.

Viola was a farmer’s wife and a mother to her children and her half brothers and sisters. She resided most of her life in Clark and Scotland counties. She enjoyed gardening and reading, but most of all she loved her family and being with them and helping them anyway that she could.

She was baptized at the age of nine in the Christian Church in Memphis, Missouri.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Ann Rose and her husband Marshall of Donnellson, IA, four sons, Jerry March of Quincy, IL, Jack March and his wife Diana of Luray, MO, Buddy Wood of Kahoka, MO, and Billy Wood and his wife Ruth Ann of Kearney, MO, eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren, two half brothers, Harry Lee Ransford and his wife Mary, of Memphis, MO, Frank Ransford of Burlington, IA, two half sisters, Mary Frances Orton of Memphis, MO, and Terri Scheurer of Boca Raton, FL, and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, her step mother, Maxine Ransford, a grandson, James Wood, a granddaughter, Rebecca Laymon, son in law, Clifford Laymon, daughter in law, Josephine Wood, two great grandchildren, a half brother Arthur Ransford, and a brother in law, Fred Orton.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO. Burial was in the Bible Grove Cemetery in Baring, MO.

Visitation was held after 2 p .m. Saturday with the family meeting with friends from 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Musical selections were “How Great Thou Art,” and “Mansion Over the Hilltop.” Organist was Bonnie Vineyard and soloist was Wayne Blum.

Pallbearers were Kevin McFarland, Rick Fischer, Jacob March, Dennis Laymon, Robin Wood and Ryan Wood. Honorary pallbearers were Kimberly Nelson and Regina Stevens.

Memorials can be made to the Clark County Nutrition Center.
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