On Jan. 9, 2013, our Heavenly Father welcomed his daughter, Edith Viola (Brintnall) Updike, home to Heaven. She was 91.
Her memorial service was Jan. 19, 2013, at the Faith Heights Church in Grand Junction.
Edith, better know as Viola, or “Vi”, was born March 21, 1921, in Fairview, Okla., to James Emerson and Mary Martha (Rouse) Brintnall. Their family moved to Craig in 1923, than to a homestead 17 miles north of Maybell.
Vi attended the Grandview School in the Great Divide area and then attended Craig High School, where she graduated in 1938. She attended Mesa Junior College for two years, going on to graduate from Western State College with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1943.
She began her teaching career at Yampa School in Craig and taught second grade for 30 years. She also worked in the Moffat County Assessor’s office for three years and for the Moffat County Superintendent for two years.
She married Orville Updike in 1943. They had two daughters, Saundra (Ward) Holderness and Sonya (Demetrio) Salazar.
Viola retired in 1977 and she and Orville moved to Grand Junction. Viola continued tutoring and then began volunteering at the Christian thrift store and pregnancy center, as well as hosting Bible class/studies at various care facilities in Grand Junction for 20 years along with ministering and teaching at a facility for those with head injuries.
Viola was very strong in her faith and belonged to the First Assembly of God Church and enjoyed the Ladies Bible studies and all church activities. She also enjoyed writing poetry and having a poem published, and also enjoyed painting, pinochle and bridge.
Viola and Orville were very active in the lives of their grandchildren and attended their activities whenever possible. She never learned to drive and was a familiar figure around town, known to walk rather long distances to visit, host a Bible study, or pray with shut-ins in assisted living or nursing facilities.
Orville passed away in 2004 and Viola later moved to the Pueblo Retirement Center in Pueblo in 2008 and later to the Gingrich Home for the Elderly in Farmington, N.M.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; sisters Olive Brintnall and Beulah (George) Kowach; brothers Durward (Mary), Robert (Florine), Harold (Mary), Ronald (Viola) and Warren (Kay); her grandchild, Danette RaNae; her great grandchild, Skye Diamond; her son-in-law, Ward Holderness; her brother-in-law, Vernon Updike; and her sister-in-law, Ella Marques.
She is survived by her two daughters, Saundra, of Pueblo and Sonya (Demetrio), of LaPlata, N.M.; grandchildren Troy (Patti) Salazar, Kimberly Salazar, Demetrio Salazar, Jr., Fred (Michelle) Holderness, Kandace (Greg) Peterhans, and Krystal (Shawn) Nakamura; 11 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Florine Brintnall and Ruth Updike; Elwin and Maxine Updike; and Marvin and Maxine Updike.
She will be truly missed by all who knew her.