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Vi Sammons

March 4, 1927 - October 10, 2021

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Viola Helena Sammons was born March 4, 1927 in Opheim, Mt to Peter and Helena Stein. She passed away October 10, 2021 in Sandpoint after contracting Covid 19. Even though she was vaccinated she succumbed to the disease due to her age. The family would like to encourage all unvaccinated people to please get vaccinated, especially if you are a health care worker.

Viola was one of sixteen children. She said she was teased unmercifully when she started school because she couldn’t speak a word of English. Her family spoke only German at home. When Viola was twelve years old her mother died, leaving behind children ranging in age from two to in their twenties. At a very young age Viola had the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning and caring for her younger siblings, along with her other sisters.

When she was twenty years old she married Fordie Lewis. They had two children, Craig and Cary Lee. They later divorced and Viola moved to Sandpoint with her two young children where she met and married Ed Sammons. They had one daughter, Lea.

Vi spent her remaining years in Sandpoint, enjoying cooking for her family, gardening and her little dog Fritz.

She is survived by her children Craig Lewis of Sandpoint, Cary Jackson of Gardnerville, Nevada and Lea Sammons of Sandpoint, one sister, Gladys Nave of Kootenai, and four grandchildren, Heidi Ketron, Jacinda Bokowy, Kelly Jackson and Kevin Lewis, twelve great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews including David (Carol) Gilson of Sagle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, fourteen siblings, ex-husband and longtime companion Ed Sammons and one great grandson, Cory Jackson.
Private family services will be held.