Viola Hendrix

Posted 9/20/21

DANA, Ind. — Viola Hendrix, 87, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. She was a lifelong homemaker and resident of the Edgewood community a few miles north of …

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Viola Hendrix


DANA, Ind. — Viola Hendrix, 87, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. She was a lifelong homemaker and resident of the Edgewood community a few miles north of Dana, Indiana.

A celebration of life is 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at her home, 2047 W 200 S, Dana. A graveside service follows at Bono Cemetery. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service time at the family home. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Overpeck-Gooch Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hendrix was born Aug. 8, 1934, the daughter of the late Owen and Blanche Frazer Downs. She married Neal Hendrix Sept. 15, 1972, and he survives.   

She is also survived by her sons, Bob (Susie) Ellis of Dana, Ind., Roger (Pam) Ellis of Chrisman and daughter, Nancy Congleton of Durham, N.C.; grandchildren, Carly (Lance) Delp, Chad (Shannon) Ellis, Natalie (Brian) Sheehy, Justin “Zack” (Jessica) Congleton, Brant Congleton and Lucas Congleton; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Max Hendrix of Terre Haute, Ind.; stepdaughters, Regina Massa of Universal, Ind., Pam (Patrick) Glenn of California, Ky.,  Leigh Ann (Randy) Griffin of Hillsdale, Ind.; stepson, Joe (Monica) Hendrix of Dana, Ind.; step-grandchildren, Nicholas Massa, Kara (Ben) Hanks, Kristen (John) Livingston, Kathryn (Joe) Zuener, Donald (Lauren) Glenn, Kelly (Zachary) Lux, Audrey (Cole) Lewis, Amanda (Daniel) Wilson and Ryan (Jackie) Hastings; 24 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert; sister-in-law, Carol Downs; sister, Martha Mae and brother-in law Robert Gallatin; son-in-law, Russ Congleton; and stepson-in-law, Mike Massa.

Mrs. Hendrix graduated from Newport High School in Newport, Ind., in 1952. She often shared stories of the fun she had with her girlfriends riding around in Roscoe's grocery delivery van. 

She grew up on a farm where she learned from her grandma Frazer and her mom how to garden, cook, can and preserve the fruits of their labor. She was a wonderful seamstress, and her children and grandchildren have fond memories of the party dresses and the costumes she created without patterns.  She took her grandchildren for picnics at the creek and sent Grandma care packages in the mail.

 In later years she enjoyed helping her dad with his horse and buggies and china painting and basket weaving with her mom. Her family and friends were certainly beneficiaries of her many talents. Her greatest gift was caring for others. There was no question whether it was her place to help, but rather a natural outpouring of her God-given gift. That is what her family will remember most about her.

Mrs. Hendrix loved her land that was passed down through the generations. It brought her so much joy when she could look out her kitchen window and see her sons planting and harvesting her fields.

She and her husband took many trips together and enjoyed going to musical shows in Las Vegas, Branson and Nashville to name a few. They shared their love of farming, and she prepared and delivered many wonderful meals to Neal during his years of farming. They took pleasure in their quiet time together at home as they sat on the porch and admired the view of the grand oak tree in their yard.  

Mrs. Hendrix grew up in the Hopewell Friends Meeting in Quaker and later in life became a member of the Dana Community Bible Church. She helped to coordinate and cook for many events at her church over the years. She was a member of the Ladies Missionary Group, loved gospel music and sang in the church choir. 

She belonged to several clubs over the years, but her most recent was the Card Club in Dana. She enjoyed the friendly competition, but more than anything she loved the fellowship with her friends, especially when it was her turn to host the club in her home. 

The family acknowledges the staff of Harrison’s Crossing Health Campus and SouthernCare Hospice for their compassionate care of Mrs. Hendrix and the kindness shown to the family.

Memorial donations may be made Dana Community Bible Church, P.O. Box 673, Dana, Indiana 48747.

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