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Viola Cornett

April 27, 1921 — May 2, 2016

Viola Cornett age 95, of Meridian, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 in a Clifton care facility.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 P.M., Friday, May 6, 2016 in the Meridian First Baptist Church with Rev. Colin Errington officiating. Pallbearers were Chance Cornett, Cade Cornett, Elvin Pool, Brent Heatherly, Brian Barr, and Jackie Fisher. On Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 3:30 P.M., graveside services were held at the Knox City Cemetery in Knox City, Texas with Rev. Andy Needham officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Cornett, Tom Whitford, Jackie Fisher, Ronnie White, Charlie Zeissel, and Kenny Zeissel.

Viola Cornett was born in Munday, Texas on April 27, 1921 to George and Mary Zeissel. She was raised in the country and met the love of her life, B.F. Cornett at a track meet. They married and moved to Knox City, Texas on November 24, 1939. Together the couple had four children. Viola was a wonderful wife and mother who loved her children dearly. She was very artistic and her love of flowers led her to be president of the Garden Club. She won many awards for her flower arrangements. She was active in her children's schools and went on school trips. She not only held down the house duties, but also helped her husband on the farm. After moving to Kansas she and B.F. collected antiques as their hobby and farmed 640 acres. After his death she moved to Meridian, Texas to be near her son, Kenn. She loved her hillside home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Meridian, Texas.

She is survived by her daughter, Charolette Pool and husband, Elvin, of Magnolia, Arkansas; her sons, Jerry Cornett of Throckmorton, Kenn Cornett and wife, Karen of Meridian; grandchildren, Karla Oden, Kerri Lynn Day, Jerry Ann Shelly and husband, Doug, Chance Cornett and wife, Kendra, Casey Shilling and husband, Steve, and Sherry Reynolds and husband, Lee; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Cornett was preceded in death by her husband, B.F. Cornett; parents, George John and Mary Hanke Zeissel; daughter, Jean Sanderson, and son-in-law, James Sanderson; and daughter-in-law, Martha Cornett.

Memorials may be made to the Meridian First Baptist Church: P.O. Box 467, Meridian, TX 76665.

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Arrangements were made by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas 254-435-2792.

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