Viola Bowling Obituary (1936 – 2021) – Boones Mill, VA

Viola Mills Bowling

November 16, 1936 – September 15, 2021

Viola “Vi” Mills Bowling, 84, of Boones Mill, Virginia, was born November 16, 1936 and died Wednesday September 15, 2021 at Friendship Health & Rehab Center South in Roanoke, Virginia.

Vi was predeceased by her husband, Ray Leon Bowling, and her parents, Arthur Paul Mills and Renzie Guthrie Mills.

Vi was a caring and loving person with a huge heart and never met a stranger. She was friendly, funny, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her interpersonal skills were decisive as she worked for many years in the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) before retiring. Vi was a life member of Cedar Bluff Church of the Brethren. Vi loved the Lord and thanks to her faith she was able to face many years of pain and suffering, always with strength and courage.

Vi will be sadly missed by daughter, Mitzi Steele and son-in-law, Timothy Steele, and son, Ray Paul Bowling. She loved and cherished her grandsons, Dayton Steele and his fiancee, Christina Vasiloff, and Garrett Steele and his girlfriend, Lauren Bruno. The grandchildren call their grandmother “Grandma”. Many friends of her grandchildren who were not family also called her “Grandma”. Vi will also be missed by many loving cousins ​​and friends.

The family would like to take this time to recognize the love and care Viola received from the staff and caregivers at Friendship Health & Rehab Center South. The Carilion Hospice has also been instrumental in its care in recent weeks.

On Friday, September 17, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., family and friends will have the opportunity to visit and pay their respects at Oakey’s South Chapel with a mandatory mask. On Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 2 p.m., family and friends will have the opportunity to attend the funeral service chaired by Pastor Todd Reed at Franklin Memorial Park, 21440 Virgil H Goode Hwy, Rocky Mount, VA to honor his good life .

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial donation to the Cedar Bluff Brothers Church, 5516 Wades Gap Road, Boones Mill, VA 24065. Online condolences can be shared with the family at

Posted by Roanoke Times September 17-18, 2021.

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