Viola Silves

  Viola I. Silves, age 94, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 in Bellingham. Her family remembers Viola as being especially loving, caring and a little bit feisty.

  Viola was born Oct. 5, 1923 in Bellingham to Floyd and Ester Metcalf. She married Clarence Silves on Oct. 25, 1941.

  Viola enjoyed the many gatherings with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing the card game Hand and Foot with her many friends and family members.

  Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; sons Richard and Wayne Silves; daughter Pat Heinrick; grandson Matt Silves; and two great-granddaughters at birth.

  Viola is survived by her daughters Lydia Robbins and Irene (Steve) Higbee; son Clayton (Kathy) Silves; daughters-in-law Etta Carbee and Diane Vander Veen; 33 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

  You are invited to join family and friends for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, in Gillies Funeral Home, Lynden. A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in Nooksack Cemetery with Pastor Ryan Bajema officiating. You may send memorial contributions to your favorite charity.

  You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the online guestbook at

  Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.