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Violet S. Carter

April 19, 1919 - July 1, 2019

Violet Skorniak Carter died peacefully at home in Salem on July 1, 2019. Born on April 19, 1919 in Scobey, Montana, she just celebrated her 100th birthday. She will be buried next to Homer, the love of her life, at Belcrest Memorial Park. A funeral mass will take place on Saturday, July 6th at 10:30 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Vi’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Queen of Peace Church building fund.
Violet lived her faith. She was compassionate, generous and always wanted to take care of other people. She was accepting of everyone, always open and willing to listen to other points of view. She always had a smile and was ready to help. These are qualities that she passed on to her family, as well as everyone else she touched.
Born to Polish immigrants in a corn field outside of Scobey Montana, Vi was the 9th of 13 children. The family lived on a country farm. They were rich with family love.
She married Homer in December 1945 and they had 7 children: James, MaryAnn, Bill, Sue, Helen, Pat and Dan.  She has 40 grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren.
Vi was valedictorian in High School and was a life-long learner. She was awarded a 4-year college scholarship and graduated with a teaching degree from University of Jamestown in North Dakota. She went on for a Masters’ Degree at Montana State University in Bozeman. She received a summer scholarship to Vassar College in New York. She was an educator, counselor and social worker for more than 40 years. Always active, after retirement until she was 87, she worked with her brother Bob in real estate.
Her family, church and community have always been the most important parts of her life.  Even well into her 90’s she was volunteering with Soroptomist International, Queen of Peace Church, fundraising for the carousel at Salem’s Waterfront Park, and helping the homeless. Vi taught bridge and pinochle well into her late 80s.
There are many stories of her childhood and her life that have helped shape this wonderful, kind and thoughtful mother, wife, friend, sister, aunt, grandma.  We never heard her speak an unkind word about anyone. She is an inspiration and is admired by all of us. She will be with us forever.

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Thank you for all your love and inspiration Gramma, i am proud of you and I love you.

I had the honor of caring for Mom for a few years!  She smiled often, even when in pain. She wanted everyone to feel accepted, loved and special!  I will miss her and look forward to seeing her in heaven!!

Ken and Helen, sending so much love to you guys. Our prayers will be with you during this time of sorrow, and also a time of joy now that your Mom is rejoicing in heaven. We are sorry for your loss. Even though your Mom is in a better place, there will be many emotions you will go through. I miss my Dad so much and I still have many emotions over his passing. Love you both! Dan & Andrea

I will forever miss Aunt Vi's lovely, sweet smile and welcoming hugs.  She was a gem, the heart beat of a beautiful family.  I love you all.  I wish you peace and kindness through this grieving process.  I am sure she is surrounded her brothers and sisters in Heaven.  She will always be with you.   She will always be cherished, loved and remembered by so many.  Love Karen

I will remember her kindness and compassion.  She was always good to me..God bless you all, so sorry for your sadness but we will all see her again one day..Much Love! 


I had the honor of meeting Vi when my brother Ken married her daughter Helen back in 1987. The few times I was in her presence she was an extremely wonderful person to be around. She is so loved by her children and all who knew her. May you RIP Vi.

Hi Helen..So sorry to hear about your mom.She was a great lady..Len and I were at the Skorniak reunions in Oregon.Hope to see her and Len in heaven sorday,Deepest  Sympathy  

Good morning to all of you!  Yeasterday, My thoughts and prayers were with all of you wishing I could of been with you to celebrate “Auntie Vi’s life”.  She was so special to me. When I was in Salem and Scoby, she always made sure I had a ride to Sunday mass. I will miss her love of family,advice, kindness and beautiful smile. 
With deepest sympathy,
love and hugs to all
Jeanie Manion 

Special loving thoughts are with the Carter Family during this sad time. I have such fond memories of Vi.  I remember the time I drove to the Oakland airport and picked her up.  We had a fun time visiting for a couple of days.  She always seemed to care about what was going on in your life.   She will always hold a place in my heart.  Thinking of you all.
Sue Conroy

Condolences to your family/  I just found this recently.  A sad deal to lose loved ones, parents especially.  No more answers to questions about the good old days.  Prayers from another eastern Montana original.