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In Memory of

Violet Mae Raplee

June 13, 1927 - March 23, 2015

Obituary


Violet Mae Raplee was born on June 13th 1927 in Port Angeles, Washington. Her parents, Elsie and Sylvester Beard along with her twin siblings; Donald and Doris moved to Whatcom County. Soon she had another sister Dixie and brother Arthur (Sonny).

Violet graduated from Bellingham High School in 1945 and soon went to work at the telephone company in Bellingham. She waited for her friend Nyda to finish school before moving to Seattle to go to work for the Department of Defense at Pier 90.

During that time she met and...

Violet Mae Raplee was born on June 13th 1927 in Port Angeles, Washington. Her parents, Elsie and Sylvester Beard along with her twin siblings; Donald and Doris moved to Whatcom County. Soon she had another sister Dixie and brother Arthur (Sonny).

Violet graduated from Bellingham High School in 1945 and soon went to work at the telephone company in Bellingham. She waited for her friend Nyda to finish school before moving to Seattle to go to work for the Department of Defense at Pier 90.

During that time she met and fell in love with John Raplee and they married on April 30, 1949 and soon started their own family; a daughter Sandy, and two sons Larry and Kenneth. They made their permanent home in West Seattle when they bought their first house in 1950. For many years Violet enjoyed the life as a stay-at-home mom and her kids enjoyed it more than they can say. They remember the warm cookies after school, cub scout den mother and sewing dresses for the school fashion shows (just to mention a few of the perks). When things got tight she would jump in with a job to help out with finances.
When John had a heart attack in 1968 she went on the hunt for a permanent position. Things were serious now. This is when the kids first realized how strong she really was. She was out every day when the kids went to school looking for a job and home every night cooking dinner. Looking back, when things were done she made it all just a little bump in the road. She snatched the BIG job with Safeco Insurance in the University District. Living in West Seattle, she had to ride a couple busses to get to the Univeristy District and ride them back each day for work. So she did for many years all while doing a great job for Safeco.

John and Violet would take some cruises, went on vacations, and bought some property at Star Lake in Elma, Washington. All of this kept them quite busy and they were having fun.

Violet and John wanted to take some world trips together to England, Scotland, and Ireland. After 34 years of marriage, John preceded her in death in 1983. She was devastated and it took her quite a few years to bounce back.

Violet did take the world trips that they talked about to Scotland, England, Ireland, and Australia. She enjoyed traveling with friends and family. She lived a very full and happy life to the age of 87. Violet belonged to the Lions Club, West Seattle Garden Club, and Golden Wheels Racing.

Violet is preceded in death by her husband John, son Kenneth and brothers Donald and Sonny. She is survived by her son Larry, daughter Sandra and Son-In-Law Gary. She is a grandmother to 11 grandchildren including Travis, Cory, Nicole, Josh, Brandon, Amanda, Brian and Melonie, Jon, Shay and Brian. She is also a great-grandmother to 14 great-grandchildren; two preceded her in death, Timothy and Chloe and 12 living great- grandchildren; Samantha, Wyatt, Madisen, Kassidy, Klayton, Olivia, Kenny, Ayanka, Sophia, Gwyneth, Lydia, and Italo.

Funeral arrangements have been made for Violet on April 1st at Yarrington"s Funeral Home in West Seattle. Viewing from 11am to 1pm, service at 1pm. Reception to follow.