Our beautiful mother, Viola “Vi” Ann Abrams passed away peacefully in her sleep comforted by family on the morning of October 17, 2016, at the Canyon Creek Senior Living Center in Billings, MT. She was born on March 25, 1928 to Charles and Dora Hout of Miles City, MT.
Vi grew up on a ranch south of Miles City along the Tongue River with her sister and 4 brothers. Upon graduation from high school, she worked as a telephone operator for AT&T and then accepted a teaching position at the Slater school near Carlyle, MT. It was here that she met the love of her life, Hubert (Hugh) Abrams, to whom she was married to for 61 years until his passing in May, 2009. Mom worked alongside Dad on the farm as she learned how to drive tractors and other large equipment. Mom was a hard worker and didn’t let little things like getting run over by a tractor get her down. She was up and going to the Crazy Days sales the next day as Mom couldn’t resist a bargain! Mom was a strong supporter of Hubert in his legislative campaigns and his terms in the Montana State Legislature. Throughout all of their adventures together, their focus was always on their family.
Vi and Hugh encouraged their children to work hard, step out to see the world and to set their goals high. Their trips with Friendship Force all over the world were great examples. Mom’s dedication to her family was very evident in her never-ending support of her children and of our father with his lengthy battle with health problems. Their children will always be grateful to both of them for their hard work and unselfish values.
Vi loved to play bridge and was an active quilter in the community. Vi developed a quilt pattern called “Vi’s barbed wire” which was to become her trademark. She was a very generous person and would donate many of her quilts to charities and other good causes, hundreds of which are now enjoyed by extended family, friends, and acquaintances across the country.
Vi is survived by 4 children, Annette Efta, Patricia Emerson, and Scott Abrams, all of Billings, and Alan Abrams of Littleton, CO, 11 grandchildren, Jill (Matt Breitbach), Aaron, Meghan Efta, Amanda, Angie, and Lisa Abrams (John Morgan), Alex Abrams, Meghan (Bryan Lundstrom), Erin (Ty Werges), Brigid and Shae Duffy, and 5 great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Hubert, her parents, her sister Dorothy Adrian and 4 brothers, Bob, Fritz, Bud, and Frank Hout.
It was always Vi and Hugh’s wish to have their ashes spread together on the family farm. A private family memorial will be held to honor their wishes. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made on Vi’s behalf to the Yellowstone Boys Ranch. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the many friends and family who supported Vi during her extended illness over the years, and to the Canyon Creek staff who were there for her when she needed them most. While we are sad at Mom’s passing we know she and Dad are happily dancing in heaven.