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Violet Roy

Violet Roy

Violet Roy, 73, of Bemidji, Minnesota died on September 24, 2013 at Red Lake IHS in Red Lake, Minnesota, surrounded by her family and friends.

Violet had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh! She always supported her family and friends and was always the first one to be there with a helping hand, advice and support.

She was born in Red Lake on July 3, 1940, the daughter of Thomas Hill and Katie (Martin) Hill.

She grew up in Red Lake. Violet loved traveling around the country to visit relatives, going to the casino, bingo, going to concerts, Pow Wows and loved being with her family and friends.

Violet currently was a foster grandmother at J.W. Smith Elementary School in Bemidji, Minnesota and a volunteer at The Sanford Hospital gift shop in Bemidji, Minnesota.

She retired from Red Lake Housing Authority after twenty one years as an Accounting Technician and then returned part time for three more years. Violet also worked at the Red Lake Tribal Council as a secretary for many years.

Violet is survived by sons: Adrian and Greg May of Red Lake, Minnesota; daughters: Pamela May of Bemidji, Minnesota, and Shelly May of Red Lake, Minnesota; Step-children: Roland, Jim and Bill Roy all of Red Lake, Minnesota and Mary Ann Cook and Wilma Mondragon of Red Lake, Minnesota and special niece: Candace LaGou of Red Lake, Minnesota; sister: Gloria Neadeau of Red Lake, Minnesota; thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; numerous nieces & nephews; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband: Bill Roy, her son: Melvin May Jr., grandchildren: Jamison Applebee and Melvin May III, sisters:Alice Hill, Mary White, Julia Kingbird, Rosellen LaGou, Margaret Sumner, Darlene Lussier. Brothers- Tilford, Thomas and Leonard Hill.

Funeral services for Violet Roy will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Red Lake, MN at 2:00 p.m. Father Jerry Rogers will be the Celebrant. An all night wake will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Little Rock Center in Red Lake, Minnesota.

Pallbearers will be Sam Hill, Tony Hill, Adrian White, Stuart Sumner, Leonard Sumner, Roland Roy, Darrell Maxwell, Jeffrey LaGou and John Kingbird. Honorary pallbearers will be Candace LaGou, Thelma May, Ruth Fevig, Carol Bonga, Mary Ann Cook, Sherilyn Benais-Neadeau, Donna Graves, Andrea Rosebear, Rosalie Hill, Kathy Dudley, Joyce Roy and Clarice Sorenson.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at