VIOLET KATHERINE BULICH HEACOCK Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Violet Katherine Bulich Heacock was born in Portland, Oregon on February 2, 1926. She was the second of four daughters of Ivka Sumich and Dujo Bulich. Her sisters were Lillian, Rosemary, and Anna. Her parents immigrated in 1913 from the Dalmatian Coast, now known as Croatia, when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She did not speak English until she went to school. One of the many positive lingering effects of attending parochial school was that she and her sisters all had beautiful penmanship. Like many at her time, she graduated high school early, in order to join the war effort. She began her RN training in 1944 as a member of the Cadet Nursing Corps at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, well taught by the Sisters of Providence. She shocked her traditional family by going to Sun Valley one winter to ski. She worked as a nurse during the evenings and skied each day. She met her future husband, Harold Wendall Heacock, in a winter snowstorm on Mt Hood. They were married August 18, 1951 in Portland. She came to join her new husband in Richland, working as nurse at Kadlec Hospital. She helped setup the post-surgical recovery area, but said they also did whatever they were asked to do at the old hospital. She worked until she was four months pregnant with her first child and had to quit. Ladies were not allowed to work while pregnant. They moved to Kennewick in 1960, to have a larger house for their growing family. She returned to work later, retiring as a school nurse in the Kennewick School District. She was a loving mother to three children, Barbara Jackson (Bruce), Robert Heacock (Melanie), and Theresa Heacock. She was very proud of her grandchildren Elizabeth Rose Jackson, William Jackson, Peter Jackson, Ryan Heacock, Patrick Libey, Rochelle Kortus, and six great-children. Her first friend in Richland was Margiann McCormack. She called Marijo Wilkins her "Kennewick daughter". She was warm and welcoming to all. She was active in the community, serving as a Camp Fire Girl leader, state and local president of the Washington State Professional Engineers Auxiliary, on the board of Beaux Arts, an early symphony supporter, providing behind the scenes support for her husband, and a long-time member of Desert Fiber Arts. One of her proudest accomplishments was securing land at 7th and Vancouver that was deeded to the City of Kennewick and is now part of the Zintel Canyon Park. Services will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kennewick, WA, Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 11:00 am. The reception following will take place at Canyon Lakes Restorative & Rehabilitation, Kennewick. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Memorials can be made to Friends of Badger Mountain. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com .
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