UINTAH – Violet (Vi) Lloyd McNair, age 94, passed away on March 4, 2018, with her son, Robert, by her side. She was a little English lady with feisty determination, strong convictions, and unwavering loyalty to those she loved. Vi overcame a childhood of hardship, poverty, and deprivation. She endured Britain’s Darkest Hours of World War II, rising above and moving on to build a new life in an adopted country. Along the way, she touched many lives as a much loved and admired daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and neighbor.
Vi was born on February 8, 1924, in Wolverhampton (Bushbury), England to Lily Lloyd and Jack Wells. She was raised by her Mother in the home of her maternal grandparents, Enoch and Mary Ann Lloyd, where she was one of 14 children in the home. Wolverhampton is in the Midlands of England (also known as The Black Country) where men earned a living as coal miners and women worked as domestic laborers or in factories such as Good Year Tire and/or Eveready Battery. They had very little to live on due to small incomes, large families, and the Depression. When Vi was nine years old, her Mother married a widower, James William Moore. She gained a stepsister, Mary Moore (deceased) and stepbrother, Billy Moore. Three half-brothers, Ronald Moore, Daniel Moore, Arthur Moore and one half-sister, Betty Moore (all deceased) were added to the family. Vi helped her Mother raise her six siblings, including going without meals so there would be more food for them. She graduated from public school at age 14 to work in one of the local factories, giving her income to her Mother to support the younger children. Her siblings never forgot what she did for them and adored her throughout their lives. She still has a large extended family in Wolverhampton.
Vi was always very athletic and was proud to be on her school Net Ball (basketball) team for three years. Her team won championships in her junior and senior years and the Town Championship in 1938. Vi was baptized in the Church of England but attended the local Methodist Church in Wolverhampton. After settling in Ogden, she attended the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and more recently, the Christian Science Church.
Vi and her husband, Alexander Sneddon McNair (deceased), met in Wolverhampton where he was stationed with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II. They were married there on June 7, 1944, the day after D-Day. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary prior to Alex’s passing on August 7, 2015. It took a long time for England to recover from WWII; everything, including food, was rationed before, during and after the War. Since Vi and Alex had both grown up without enough to eat, limited educations, and other scarcities, they wanted more opportunities and greater stability for their two sons. They immigrated to Ogden in 1955 with the two boys, aided by Alex’s Aunt Margaret Sneddon and his younger brother Robert McNair, both already living in Ogden. One of Vi’s and Alex’s purposes in leaving England was fulfilled when both sons graduated from college.
Vi’s first job in Ogden was waitressing at Finer Foods, followed by work at the Kearns Café, the Cobble Cottage, and finally retiring from the ZCMI Tiffin Room. Vi’s great passion in retirement was line dancing (line dancing vi) which she began in 1994. She danced and/or taught at Senior Centers in Washington Terrace, Ogden, and Roy. She was recognized for 20 years of volunteer work as a member of the Utah Senior Corp and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President George Bush. In 2011, Vi was chosen as the Roy Days Heritage Queen.
Vi is survived by her two sons, Al McNair of Tucson, Arizona, and Robert (Claudia Jardine) McNair of Uintah Highlands. She has four grandchildren, Steven (DeAnn) McNair of Hooper, Shannon (David) House of Hooper, Matthew (Ashley) McNair of Arlington, Virginia, and Kristen McNair Hopper of Boise, Idaho; four great-granddaughters, four great-grandsons, two great-great-granddaughters and three great-great-grandsons. Her stepbrother, Billy Moore, also survives her.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Alex; her mother, Lily; her three brothers, Ron, Dan and Arthur; and two sisters, Mary and Betty. The family will meet for the private interment of Vi’s and Alex’s ashes this summer. Per Vi’s request, there will be no public service or memorial.
The family thanks those individuals at Stonehenge of Ogden, especially Nurse Bobbie and CNA McKenzie, and Vi’s roommate, Gloria Hoskins, for their care and assistance. The family also thanks, Legacy Healthcare, in particular, Amos, Shayley, and Nancy for Vi’s hospice care in her final hours. Thanks to Dr. Anne Hutchinson and her staff for Vi’s primary care over the years and for Dr. Hutchinson’s friendship.