Viola Teubner

Viola Mae (Bloomenshine) Teubner, 99, lost her fencing match with the laws of biochemistry on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019.

She was a resident of Cumbernauld Village in Winfield. Cremation was chosen. Inurnment will take place privately in Rest Haven Gardens of Memory in Wichita. Viola’s life will be honored at an upcoming family reunion.

Memorial donations can be made to the Cumbernauld Village Employee Appreciation Fund, 716 N. Tweed St., Winfield, KS 67156.

The second daughter of George and Eva (Kincaid) Bloomenshine, Vi was born Jan. 3, 1920 on a farm in the northwest corner of Cowley County, before rural electrification, rural water districts and indoor bathrooms reached them and before women gained the right to vote later that year.

Vi attended Grand Prairie one-room elementary school. She shared kid-friendly name teasing: “Viola’s bloomers shine!” Following graduation from Mulvane High, she followed her sister’s lead and went to Friends University in Wichita. After her sophomore year, she taught two years at New Salem Rural School between Mulvane and Belle Plaine. She met Earl Gehon Teubner at Friends and they married May 23, 1941, making their home in Wichita.

Shortly thereafter, her marriage and college studies were interrupted by World War II when Earl was drafted into the Army. Vi worked for Beechcraft during the war. Following Earl’s return from service, baby boomers Douglas Scott and Donn Mark arrived. Viola enjoyed volunteer work with the PTA and was active in her sorority Delta Rho as she and Earl raised their two sons.

Viola was a dedicated, active, stay-at-home mom until the early 1960s, when she completed her degree at Friends. She then taught kindergarten at Franklin Elementary School in Wichita for 10 years. Vi and Earl were long time members of University Friends Church, where they served in many roles.

They loved traveling in their camper van throughout the continental U.S. Their favorite gathering place for vacationing family and friends was Love Ranch, south of Buena Vista, Colo.

They moved to Cumbernauld in 1996, where Doug’s family lived just down the street. Earl died on Memorial Day in 2000.

A child of the Depression, Vi enjoyed prospecting for bargains at garage sales, Eagle Nest, Joseph’s Storehouse and Goodwill. For as long as she was able, she volunteered in Winfield for Eagle Nest and the Grace United Methodist Church community dinner. She also volunteered at Stonecroft Conference Center in Branson Mo.

In her 80s, romance blossomed once again when she met fellow Cumbernauld Village resident Earl Minks, who had also lost his forever spouse. They married in 2004. Winfield family connections expanded to include Earl Minks’ daughter, Dianne Okeson and her husband, Dave.

Earl No. 2 passed away in 2009. In addition to her husbands, Viola is predeceased by her parents, and her sister, Doris.

She is survived by son Doug (Joyce), of Winfield; son Donn (Louise), of Towson Md.; grandson, Cory (Katie), of Wichita; grandson, Jason, of Wichita; granddaughter, Erica (Kevin), of Winfield; grandson, Colin (R. Charlotte), of Oakland, Calif.; granddaughter, Susan (Damon), of Auburn Ala.; and five great-grandchildren, Hazel, Miles, Olive, Elvis and Nathaniel.

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