Viola Fern (Bellon) Howie age, 72, of Lovilia, IA, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Society in Ottumwa, IA, under the care of Hospice of Davis and Wapello Counties.

Viola was born in Corydon, IA, on October 22, 1950, to John Ambrose and Twila Maxine (Haff) Bellon. She grew up in Corydon and graduated from the Wayne County High School with the class of 1969. On November 28, 1969, she was united in marriage to James Edward Howie at the First Assemblies of God Church in Corydon. Viola and James were blessed with 4 children, Chawn, Heather, James R. and Joshua, and shared 53 years of marriage prior to her passing.

Viola worked as a shipping supervisor at Lamont Limited in Burlington for many years. After retiring, she went back to work in food service for the Burlington school district. Viola enjoyed bowling, archery, and needlework. She loved to go for walks in the park with her husband. Above all else, Viola loved her family and Jesus and she cherished all of the time she spent with her family.

Viola is survived by her husband Jim; her four children, Chawn (Bret) Daniel of Bois D’arc, MO, Heather Burk of Albia, James R. (Loretta Hash) Howie of Springfield, MO, and Joshua Howie of Burlington, IA; 6 grandchildren, Caleb (Alicia) Underwood, Rachael Burk, Emily Underwood, Jacob Underwood, Laney Burk, and Alyssa Duke; 2 great grandchildren, Nadia Higeons-Vasquez and Theodore Underwood; and 2 siblings, Victor Bellon (her twin) and Carmen Bellon. Viola is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, John and Twila Bellon; 3 brothers, John D., Terry and Albert; and 3 sisters, Shelby, Leona, and Nancy.

Per Viola’s wishes, her body has been cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cards of condolences for Viola’s family can be mailed to the Tharp Funeral Home, 116 Benton Ave. West, Alba, IA 52531.

An open memorial has been established to the family.

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