Violet E. "Vi" Heidemann, 93, of Woodbridge, VA, and formerly of Valdosta, died on Friday, November 15 in Fairfax, VA.
Born and raised south of London in a town called Bexhill, Violet joined the WAAF (Woman's Auxiliary Air Force) in 1941 during World War II. She was stationed at various bases throughout England during the war -- training and then working as a "spark plug tester". She eventually earned the rank of Corporal before leaving the service in 1946. Violet held various jobs in London, from nanny to baker, before coming to the US to join her older sister in Chicago in 1948. Violet proudly remained a British citizen all of her life.
Once in America, Violet began working as secretary to the head of Tile Tex in Chicago Heights, IL where she met her future husband, Clarence. They married in 1956 and over the years, lived in Wisconsin, Virginia and then Valdosta. In 1985, Violet decided to get a "paying job" and worked for over 20 years at the Patient Information desk at South Georgia Medical Center. Her interests included knitting, reading and volunteer work. In the fall of 2011, Clarence and Violet moved to the Washington, DC suburbs to be closer to family.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence.
She is survived by her children, Lisa (Eric Brinkmann) of Woodbridge, VA, Douglas of Valdosta and Mark (Teri) of Concord, NC. She has two grandchildren, Emili and Evan of Concord, NC.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 11:00am in the Chapel at Park Avenue United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to one of her favorite charities: Friends of South Georgia Regional Library or The Salvation Army. Condolences may be made online at www.mclanecares.com. Carson McLane Funeral Home.
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