In Loving Memory of
Violet M. Troyer
October 27, 1922 ~ June 19, 2020
Violet May (Eicher) Troyer was born on October 27, 1922 in Milford, NE to William and Lydia Eicher. Her childhood, along with that of her seven siblings, was spent on the farm and in the church where her father was pastor. It was full of the hard work that the era required but also of fun, laughter and much love.
Violet valued education greatly and though further education was not common at the time, especially for women, she worked hard to acquire it for herself and attended Hesston Academy (now Hesston College, Hesston, KS) where she met Ted Troyer, the love of her life. They were married on August 9, 1943 and their first years of marriage were defined deeply by World War II. Both Ted and Violet were Mennonites and so when Ted was drafted in 1942, he served as a Conscientious Objector in Colorado Springs. Violet worked there in a bakery making and decorating cakes. They were married at her family home in Nebraska but began their married life together in Colorado Springs. She spoke often of that time and with great fondness, even though it was one filled with many difficulties.
After the war, they moved to Harper, KS, where Ted was from, and where they would reside for the rest of their lives. Ted continued in his family business of farming and Violet worked alongside him. They had two children, Rodney and Rita. They were very active in their church, Crystal Springs Mennonite Church.
Rod had one son, Shaun. Rita had two daughters, Reannon & Reyna. Violet's deepest joy was spending time with her family, but she also had many other hobbies. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and quilting and she had a passion for travel. She and Ted traveled extensively all over the world. She had a deep enthusiasm for genealogy and connected with family members in Europe with which her family still has deep ties and relationships.
Her faith in God and her love of her church family were also always central to her life. She was an active elder for many years, Sunday school teacher, and fulfilled many roles both visible and behind the scenes. Violet was one of the most generous people you could ever meet, both to those she knew and to those she didn't.
In her later years, her great grandchildren, Griffin Everhart, and Rodney Troyer were special lights in her life.
She lost Ted in 2001 but that did not take away her faith or her desire to live life to the fullest that she could. As her health declined, she still had a joy for life and her love of God and love for her family never wavered.
Violet died in the early hours of the morning on June 19, 2020, at age 97. She was a truly remarkable woman and will be missed by so many. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lydia Eicher; her husband, Ted Troyer; her siblings, Laverta (Dan Schweitzer), Verdella (Milton Miller), Teresa (Perry Burkey), Walter, Ellis, Lloyd; her sisters-in-law, Eunice and Evelyn Troyer, and her son-in-law, Rusty Smoker.
She will be missed deeply by her son, Rod Troyer (Lin Rose Troyer) and daughter, Rita Smoker; brother, Floyd (Marie); sister-in-law, Dody (wife of Lloyd), her grandchildren, Shaun Troyer, Reannon Everhart (Dave), Reyna Smoker; and great-grandchildren, Griffin Everhart & Rodney (Wilson) Troyer.
While the family would love to have a large funeral for all those who knew and loved Violet, the family decided due to Covid-19, a private service was best. A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family but will be recorded and made available later for family and friends near and far to attend virtually.
Private committal will be held at the Crystal Springs Mennonite Church Cemetery, Harper, Kansas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee or to the Crystal Springs Mennonite Church in care of the funeral home.
The Troyer family has entrusted the care of Violet to the Eldringhoff Funeral Home of Anthony, Kansas.
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Mennonite Central Committee ~ in care of the Eldringhoff Funeral Home
115 S. Bluff Avenue, Anthony KS 67003
Crystal Springs Mennonite Church ~ in care of Eldringhoff Funeral Home
115 S. Bluff Avenue, Anthony KS 67003