Viola Jeffery 1923-2018













“Life Reflections”

On a calm and cool spring day, in the post dawn hours, on Thursday, May 24, 2018, Mother Viola Jeffery’s spirit was released from this earth after 94 years and returned to the creator of the Heaven’s and the Earth.

In 1923, on October 7th to be exact, in Round Pond, Arkansas, a beautiful and lively baby girl was born to the household of Benny Jeffery and Lena Gray Jeffery, they named her “Viola.”

Viola, also known as “Vicky” and in her later years as “Mother Vi”, began her early years, living an American country life, in the town of Marked Tree, Arkansas.

As a young lady in search of greater career opportunities, as many of the members of her generation, Mother Vi traded in her country life for a city life and headed to the big “windy city” of Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, Mother Vi, was determined to be an independent, strong willed, and successful young woman of color, and she succeeded at all three of those goals. One of her crowning achievements was that of an entrepreneur, owning and operating her own diner on the west side of Chicago, serving home cooked “soul food”, from the late 1940’s until she left Chicago in 1973. Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, often stopped in Mother Vi’s diner to enjoy her cooking.

It was during those early years, of her life that Mother Vi gave birth to one of her greatest blessings, her daughter and only child, “Pearlena”. Mother Vi was married during her young adult life to “Johnny” and “Aaron”, both of whom, preceded her in death many years ago. During those years, Mother Vi embraced the Catholic faith.

When her daughter Pearlena, and husband Carl Booker, were expecting the birth of their first and only child, Kristian D. Booker, Mother Vi immediately traded in her life in Chicago for a new life closer to her only grandchild in Rochester, New York, followed by a family move to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In Oklahoma City, Mother Vi worked in the cafeteria department of Deaconess Hospital as a cook for many years until her retirement. Mother Vi was requested by the doctors of that hospital to coordinate and prepare many elegant and elaborate parties and receptions held there.

In Oklahoma City, Mother Vi was baptized into the Baptist Faith at Paradise Baptist Church and throughout her lifetime held memberships at St. Mark, Evangelistic, Western Avenue, and in later years at Quail Springs Baptist Church where she was in the Timothy Sunday School Class.

In Mother Vi’s early years of retirement, she enjoyed daily walks at Shepherd Mall on Northwest 23rd and Villa. In her “90’s”, Mother Vi enjoyed staying home and watching her favorite television shows.

Mother Vi was blessed in her final years to receive respite care from the wonderful staffs of Sunbeam Family Services, Villagio Senior Living, and St. Ann’s Nursing Home, where she was definitely loved beyond measure.

Mother Vi is survived by her daughter, Pearlena Booker of the home, who stood faithfully by her mother’s side until the very end. She was preceded in death by her beloved grandson, Kristian D. “Kris” Booker, her mother, Lena “Mama Lena” Jeffery Looney, and father Benny Jeffery.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday May 30, 2018 at St. Ann’s Nursing Home’s Chapel located at 9400 St. Ann’s Drive Okc, Ok.


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