Violet May McAvoy


Violet May McAvoy, longtime area resident, died of age related causes Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. She was 92.

Violet was born March 31, 1924 to Oscar and Alice Spencer Branting at their home east of Troy. She was the fourth of ten children and attended school at Spring Valley and Troy.

She married Earl “Pat” McAvoy, April 4, 1942 and they made their home for many years in Moscow. Vi was a homemaker who loved cooking and gardening. She and Pat enjoyed camping and being with family and friends.

She is survived by a sister, Wanda Rueppel of Deary, sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Phil Tenwick of Moscow, two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Branting of Deary and Jan Branting of Spokane, Pat’s brothers and wives, Jack and Joan McAvoy of Washington, D.C. and Bob and Barbara McAvoy of College Place, WA. She is survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Vi was preceded in death by her husband Pat in 1987, her parents, her parents, Oscar and Alice, and her siblings, Mary Griffin, Betty Scott, John, Vernon, Melvin, Ray and Everett Branting.

A graveside service will be held Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Moscow Cemetery, with a light luncheon to follow at The CROSSing Church at 715 E. Travois Way

In lieu of flowers the family suggest that memorials be made to the Deary Recreation District or a charity of the donor’s choice.

3 Responses to Violet May McAvoy

  1. Mary Campbell says:

    Vi and Pat lived right next door to my family in on West A street in Moscow, Idaho. I always loved them.. they were the best neighbors ever. Vi spent a lot of time outside in her garden and of course chatted over the fence with my Mother and Dad and always had a kind word to say to us kids. When my father got hurt and couldnt work for awhile for Christmas they brought over the biggest steaks I had ever seen and my parents were so grateful. Vi bought everything us kids sold for school, girl scouts etc… She had a big big heart what a joy to know her. I am sure my parents and her and Pat are talking big stories in Heaven together.

  2. Marge Normington-Jones says:

    Our family loved Pat and Vi and have so many happy memories of them. Vi was always such a happy person and so well organized! If we needed a favor she was the gal to ask and she never ask for anything in return. After our dad died Mom moved to Pendleton, but when we visited Moscow we always had to stop and see Vi to catch up on all the neighborhood. It was a visit that was always filled with love and laughter. God Bless you Vi. You were a wonderful person who made the world a better place.

  3. Jack McAvoy says:

    To all the others in Vi’s family, I write this. She entered my life shortly after she and my brother, Pat, started dating. There are so many things we shared: I stayed with Pat and Vi almost all of one summer — probably about when I was 10. Vi was an amazing cook; and I will never forget the fiercely boiling water that she used to rinse her dishes after each meal. When I went to Moscow to attend the University of Idaho, she offered to weekly do my laundry. This was combined with a walk I would make each Sunday evening, sometimes accompanied by one of my friends, from the campus to have a meal as part of the “exchange” of clean clothes for dirty ones. Very early in knowing Vi I learned she loved music, and we must have listened to Chopin’s Polonaise a thousand times on a record player she somehow had acquired. Each of us has our treasure of memories of Vi, I know. We were all very blessed to have her in our lives. She will remain in our memories always.

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