Viola Lavona Peterson Thatcher March 16, 1928 - September 5, 2021

Viola Lavona Peterson Thatcher died at age 93 on September 5, 2021, in Salem, Utah.

 Viola was born March 16, 1928, in Dalton, Nebraska, to John and Pearl Peterson.  She moved to Lusk, Wyoming in 1929, where she grew up and graduated high school.

She married John DeGroot in November of 1946. They had two children, Rhonda and David.  They moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1949.  There, she was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed serving in the Young Women’s, Relief Society, and Sunday School programs.

She and John divorced in 1969. A few years later she moved to Utah, with her daughter and son-in-law, Gary Proctor.

Viola married Glen Thatcher June 25, 1978.  They enjoyed many years together traveling, being with family and friends, and spoiling their grandchildren.

Viola loved her family and suffered great loss as she was predeceased by her husband, Glen Thatcher; daughter, Rhonda DeGroot Proctor; son, David DeGroot; step-daughter, Terry Lynn Warner;  mother, Pearl Peterson; father, John Peterson; brothers, Everett and Vernon; and many friends and extended family. We imagine there was a very happy, heavenly reunion.

 Viola is survived by her son-in-law, Gary Proctor; daughter-in-law, Cathy DeGroot; step-children: Coyann Kilmer (Robert), Gary Thatcher (Cindy), Kevin Thatcher (Kim), Gordon Thatcher (Lisa); son-in-law, Kim Warner; 21 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. We are grateful that we will see her again.

 There will be a visitation at Walker Funeral Home, in Payson, Utah, on Saturday morning, September 11, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. until12:30 p.m. A graveside service will then be held at Salem Cemetery, at 1:00 p.m.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021
11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
at Walker Funeral Home
587 South 100 West
Payson, Utah 84651

Graveside Service

Saturday afternoon, September 11, 2021
1:00 p.m.
Salem City Cemetery
965 South 140 East
Salem, Utah 84653


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    Michael Malone says

    A wonderful lady that always made me smile.

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    Diane Hopkins says

    Oh how I will miss Vi! She was my next-door neighbor and I loved to visit her. She always was upbeat about life. She had a lot of practical wisdom. She and Glen were the best neighbors. When we moved in next door with noisy kids years and years ago, she told me she loved hearing them play. I am glad for Vi. I know she wasn’t having much fun the past few years and wanted to be rejoined with Glen and her parents. I will always remember Vi. She had a big influence on my life. What a sweetheart she was! I miss her already.

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