Viola Junette Underwood, 84, of Oak Grove, formerly of Blue Springs, Mo., passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at the Oak Grove Nursing and Rehab facility, Oak Grove, Mo.

Viola Junette Underwood, 84, of Oak Grove, formerly of Blue Springs, Mo., passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at the Oak Grove Nursing and Rehab facility, Oak Grove, Mo. 

Services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, January 30, 2010, at Royer Funeral Home, Oak Grove, Mo. Burial to take place in the Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 noon to 1 p.m. preceding the service at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Viola was born April 13, 1925, in Roca, NE to Elmer E. and Bertha E. (Kujath) Boell. During WWII, Viola worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Lincoln, NE and during the Vietnam War she worked several years at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo. On January 9, 1946, she married Samuel M. Underwood of Safe, Mo. Viola was a first-class homemaker who particularly enjoyed baking, sewing and yard work. Her house was always meticulous. She was also an excellent pianist and guitarist.  Music was very important to her, especially Christian music. She was a member of the Grain Valley Christian Church in Grain Valley, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and a grandson; Benjamin Lee Underwood.

Her survivors include her husband of 64 years; Samuel M. Underwood of the home, two sons; Larry M. Underwood and Rodney Underwood and his wife Patti, all of Oak Grove, Mo.; three daughters, Analeen Underwood and Donette Thomas and her husband Ron, all of Oak Grove, Mo., and Marilyn Russell and her husband Gary of Blue Springs, Mo.; two grandsons, Jason Russell, and Luke Underwood; and one granddaughter, Jamie Russell. She also leaves behind a twin sister; Iola Ramel of Waverly, NE, and her beloved cat, Boots.

Arrangements made by Royer Funeral Home-Oak Grove, MO, 816-690-4441.