NEW BERN | Viola Willis Williams, 94, of New Bern, passed from this life on Oct. 13 Viola was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Goldie Willis of Newport; her sons, Donald Willis (Glenda) and Fernie Williams (Yvette). She is survived by her children, Melrose Carter of New Bern, Gattis Williams (Bexie) of New Bern, Encil Williams (Pat) of New Bern and Ricky Williams (Brenda)of Peachland, NC; her sister, Ella Mae Riggs (Oneal) of Morehead City; and her brother, Ernest Willis of Newport. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren who will dearly miss her. Viola was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother; she took great pride in the home, her flowers and loved growing berries and vegetables in her garden at home. She truly had a green thumb. She instilled a sense of charity in her children and grandchildren by example throughout her lifetime. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the New Bern Civitan Club, the ramp they built for her in her final days was a great help to her and her family. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 1 pm at Gethsemane Memorial Park in Morehead City. The family will receive friends following the service at her son's home in New Bern.
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