Viola Margaret Bateman was born November 21, 1932, to Carl and Laura Bateman. She was the youngest of 6 children. She lived in Independence, Missouri, all of her life, graduating from William Chrisman High School in 1951.

Viola Margaret Bateman was born November 21, 1932, to Carl and Laura Bateman. She was the youngest of 6 children. She lived in Independence, Missouri, all of her life, graduating from William Chrisman High School in 1951. Her life long dream was to be a nurse. She entered nursing school at the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1962.

Viola was dedicated to her family. She raised two of her nieces, Nancy Hedges Mathis and Linda Hedges. Besides Nancy and Linda, she was a loving aunt to Lee, Diane, Larry, Leonard Wayne, Beth, Paula, Peggy Jo and Mary Kathleen (Kathy).

She was preceded in death by her parents; her 3 brothers, Leonard, Carl and Bob; two sisters, Laura Aker and Larena Hedges Donnell.

A celebration of Viola’s life will be held at East Alton Community of Christ at 23rd and R.D. Mize Rd, Independence, MO, on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 4:00 p.m., with a dinner following.