Violet E. Waters
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Violet E. Waters, age 92, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Friday, March 13, 2015, at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Tyndall Cemetery in Tyndall, South Dakota. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Kevin "Bucky" Laurant, Paul Shortbull, Ron Galvan III, Sam Knoll, Chris Smosna, and Steven Boyle.

Violet E. Waters was born May 6, 1922 in Avon, South Dakota to Carl and Bertha (Wouda) Knoll. She grew up on the farm in rural Avon and attended high school in Avon. She went on to graduate from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Yankton in 1943. She moved to Denver, Colorado where she met Edward Allen Waters, whom she married on November 11, 1944. Edward was deployed a month after their marriage and Violet moved to Texas while Edward was overseas. After Edward returned from the war, they moved to Athens, Georgia where Violet worked in a hospital. They moved to Yankton in 1950, where she lived the rest of her life. Violet began working at the Yankton Medical Clinic in 1957, where she worked as a Registered Nurse for Dr. Clark Johnson and later Dr. Robert Neumayr until her retirement in 1984.

Violet was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and First United Methodist Church, where she was very active in the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed fishing, camping, reading, sewing, her roses and violets, baking, politics, the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, but she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Violet was the epitome of what a strong woman should be. She was very proud to be a nurse and was commonly referred to as Doc Waters at the medical clinic. Her door was always open to anyone in need and she became the neighborhood doctor for all of the children in her neighborhood.

Survivors include her three children: Vicki Barron of Yankton; Robert "Bob" (JoAnn) Waters of Costa Mesa, California; and Carl "Bud" (Steph) Waters of Yankton; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; special nephews: Jeffery and Curtis Knoll, and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward on September 29, 1995; son-in-law, Charles Barron; grandson, Jodi Gilbaugh; and two brothers, Peter Knoll and James "Bud" Knoll.

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Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeff & Beth Barger

So Sorry to hear about your Mom. Thinking of all of you.

Stogs & Linda Stogsdill

To all the Waters family, Iam so sorry for this huge loss. Bobby, I know how close you and your Mothere were, and just know she is in Gods loving arms now, and you have an angel in heaven watching over you always. So sorry my dear old friend.

Eileen Branson

Bobby and Buddy, my sincere condolences to you and your families.

Cookie Mattern

Bobby & Buddy,

You are in our thoughts.

Jim Stengle



We are so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Our deepest condolences.

Don and Syndi Bohnet

I am very sorry to read about your Mom's passing. Glad I sent her a picture postcard from Altura (Portugal) last month. I will tell Jan and our relatives in The Netherlands. My deepest condolences.

Majo Tigchelaar

Bobby & Buddy,

So sorry to hear about your Mom,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Valerie (Bush) Wieseler

bob and buddy so sorry to hear of your moms passing. we always missed seeing her at the clinic.

norm and jo ann blaalid

Bob and Buddy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom.

My prayers are with you.

Julie (Lee) Johnson

Dear Family, Sorry to read about your mom. We all have many special memories of Vi. We are in Saint Paul kids sitting, but will thinking of you all this week. Sincerely, Kathy SHSN,and Globe Gang Larry

Larry and Kathy Hintgen

I am sorry about Violets passing, she was mother, grandmother and friend to so many.


I am so sorry to hear about your Mom.....what a wonderful person and I have so many great memories. She was like my second "mom". Thinking of you all and sending my prayers. Love you all.

Linda Sohler Roberts

I am so sorry for your loss. May it help you and your family to know that Psalms 34:18 read: "God is close to the broken hearted, he saves those who are crushed in spirit". God, the reader of heart, can and will give you the strength needed to continue on in your time of need. Please find some comfort from having the greatest person to be close to in the days ahead.

mary miller

So sorry for your loss. I worked at YMC but didn't know Violet very well. But she was loved by all who knew her and was indeed a Florence Nightingale of her time. Cherish the memories you have. God Bless.

Jane (Stevens) Ford

Dearest Vicki, Bobby, Buddy, Jeff and Curt and families: I just heard from my cousin today about you mom's / aunt's passing. We are just so saddened by this news. We loved Violet and knowing such a great lady had a wonderful impact on our lives in Yankton. Being next door neighbors on Cedar Street for many years was so wonderful, and a lot of fun! She ALWAYS took the time to be warm and kind to us and we will never forget that. Thanks for sharing her with us and all your many many friends. Violet knew every body! I want to let you know also how much we appreciate how good she was to our mom and dad Oh, all the really good ones are now gone, but never ever forgotten. With much love and deep sympathy, Veronica Cacek Gleason

Veronica Gleason

Dear Vicky, Bobby, Buddy, & family,

So sorry to hear about your Mom, she was a very special lady and will be missed by all who knew her. She's with your Dad now, and I know they're happy to be reunited! Deepest sympathy and love to you all,

Sue Hoxeng Kelly

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