Violet R. Day

Published 8:57 am Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Violet Elaine Robie Day of Landrum, 83, died peacefully on Jan. 18 at the Hospice House in Landrum.

Violet Day

Violet Day

She was married for 51 years to the late Billy E. Day.  As a career Navy wife, she lived in Portsmouth, Ohio and Satellite Beach, Fla., before moving to Virginia Beach, Va.

There she worked for 30 years as office manager and bookkeeper for Cardinal Sign, the state’s largest sign company.

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Mrs. Day moved to Landrum in 2008 where she attended First Baptist Church of Gowensville and was a member of the Branyon-Godseekers Class.

The daughter of the late Everett and Erma Casto Robie, she grew up on a farm in Bidwell, Ohio where she helped her mother raise six younger siblings.

After high school graduation, she worked for Bob Evans to provide financial support for her family.

A strong Christian woman, she was known for her devotion to her family and for her beautiful smile which matched her generous and giving spirit.

Mrs. Day is survived by her children, Linda Lancaster (Douglas Lewis) of Landrum and Robert E. Day (Rebecca) of Portsmouth, Va.; her former daughter-in-law, Tamela Day of Tahlequah, OK; six grandchildren:  Taryn Day, Rogers, AR; Jehan Day, Tahlequah, OK; Kenny Day (Lonnie), Claremont, OK; Thomas (Leslie) Day, Farmville, Va.; Kirstyn Day, Fayetteville, AR; and Ellen Elsass, Portsmouth, Va.; and five great grandchildren: Samara and Logan Pritchett, Haylee and Austin Day and Jonas Elsass.

She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Jean Barr (Bill), Kerr, Ohio; Carroll Robie, Bidwell, Ohio; Keith Robie (Cheryl), Gallipolis, Ohio; Marvin Robie (Marguerite), Bidwell, Ohio; and Betty Briggs, San Diego, Calif.

She was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Robie. She also is survived by a number of cherished nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful to her caregivers at The Haven, Cottages of Brushy Creek and the Hospice House in Landrum.

Services were at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Gowensville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC  28722.

Petty Funeral Home, Landrum, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left at