Viola West Farnsworth 1942 ~ 2011

Viola West Farnsworth, sister, daughter, wife, mother, educator, designer, earth angel, and sage, passed away on January 23, 2011 in Orem, Utah in the embrace of her family - of a rare disease known as Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease.Viola was born to Roy and Geneva Rose Day West on October 17, 1942 in Provo, Utah. Her older siblings were Emerson, Rose Marie, and Sylvia. Eventually younger siblings, Stephen and Gloria joined the family. Viola maintained excellent relationships with parents and siblings. She attended schools in Salt Lake City, eventually graduating from East High School in 1961. She attended BYU, graduating with a bachelors degree in Speech and Drama in 1966. In 1975, she obtained a masters degree in Communicative Disorders - also from BYU. Viola was a member of the LDS Church, and held positions in the Young Women's organization. She loved the Lord with all her heart and served him by serving others. In November 1971 Viola met F. Dennis Farnsworth, Jr., and married him in the Salt Lake Temple the following March 31st. They loved, adored, and served each other and had a wonderful marriage. Friday nights were date nights, and few things were permitted to interfere! Viola is survived by her husband Dennis, son James Aaron (Tiffany Bullock), daughter Victoria Rose (Travis Stephens), and son Wayne McHenry (Mackenzie Hudson). Viola also has eight grandchildren, all of whom survive. She had a brilliant career as an educator in the Nebo School District and was admired and appreciated by all whose paths she crossed. Her students as well as her children and grandchildren call her blessed. Graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Timpanogos Memorial Gardens, 1000 North 400 East, Orem, Utah. A memorial service for family members and close friends following the graveside service will be held at the cultural hall of the LDS Church 2nd Ward Meeting house located at approximately 1090 North 400 East, Orem at about 1:00 p.m. on the same day, January 29, 2011. Scheduled tributes to Viola will take place during the memorial-meal service, after which there will be an "open mic" for any to come forward and express themselves regarding Viola, bearing in mind that we should be finished by 3:30 p.m. Condolences may be emailed to the family at All who have given so generously to the Farnsworth family during Viola's illness are appreciated for their many kindnesses.