Violet Roselle (Lee) Robertson, 94, of Wheatland, Wyoming passed away Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Platte County Legacy Home. She will be greatly missed by all who had the opportunity to know her. She is now celebrating in heaven with her savior, Jesus Christ.
Violet was born Friday, October 7, 1927, in the Salem community of Wood County, east Texas to Roy and Sybil Lee. She was the middle of five daughters. She was raised to work hard on the farm, go to church, make do with what was available, enjoy life, and share whatever she had. Her younger sister, Mary Anne, says “She was always in charge and there was no use arguing with her.”
Violet went to college in Denton, Texas. She worked full time while going to school as a telephone operator, and part time in the cafeteria. Violet met Bill Robertson one evening when he rang her room number in the dorm. She had never met him, and he had been given the wrong room number by another girl. (Whether a mistake, a set-up, or a snub, we will never know.) Bill and Violet were married March 3, 1950. They lived on a dairy in Blanket, Texas for a while before moving to Dallas. Violet remembers one of the first meals she cooked on a wood stove for Bill while living on the dairy. She burned the pork chops they were having and started laughing while Bill gave thanks for the food. Bill thought she was laughing at his prayer, but she was just amused that he was praying over her burnt offering.
Violet and Bill lived in Dallas for a year or two before moving to Arlington, Texas in 1952 where she lived until 2018 when she moved to Wheatland to be close to her son, Paul. Violet was a committed member of First Baptist Church of Arlington for over 67 years. She was always involved in PTA, her Sunday school class, and various other community activities.
Violet stayed home to raise her two sons, Billy and Paul. After Paul entered high school, Violet began working part-time for McDonalds where she would host birthday parties and community events. She eventually oversaw community relations for several McDonalds stores in the Arlington area. Billy and Paul consistently made fun of McDonalds food. Violet leaves her McDonalds stock to her grandkids.
Violet was loved by all who knew her, although it is rumored that her youngest sister, Lounelle, still harbors some ill feelings about an incident involving Violet tossing Lounelle’s cat out of the house. Violet enjoyed travelling with Bill, spoiling her grandkids, giving birthday parties, having Easter egg hunts, and eating McDonalds fries. She was happy whether they had steak or were living on beans. She always had room at the table for anyone who showed up. Although she was always kind and considerate, Violet was rarely beaten at checkers or Chinese checkers.
Violet loved the Lord and was a powerful woman of prayer. She devoted her life to praying for and taking care of Bill after he developed dementia and until his death in 2016.
Violet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; and her sisters, Mildred and Cleva. She is survived by her sons, Billy (Bobbie) of Mercedes, Texas, Paul (Diane) of Wheatland, Wyoming; her sisters Mary Anne and Lounelle; her five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
There will be a memorial service in Wheatland, Wyoming on December 21, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. at Wheatland Bible Church with Pastor Danny Fredericks officiating. A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. The burial and graveside service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Amity Cemetery in Rising Star, Texas.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to www.missionarlington.org
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com