Viola Ruth (Chelline) Lade passed away March 23, 2015 at her
home in Boise, Idaho. She was buried in
Cloverdale Cemetery March 26. A memorial
service will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Community of
Christ Church, 408 N. Garden, Boise, ID.
A potluck will follow. All are
invited to attend.
Viola was born April 9, 1918 in Providence, Rhode Island to
Herman Albert and Olive Viola (Yarwood) Chelline. She and her family also lived in Jonesport,
Maine; and Boston, Fall River, and Brockton, Massachusetts where she graduated
from high school with high honors in 1935.
She attended Edgewood Secretarial School in Providence, Rhode Island.
In late 1941 she met her future husband, Howard Lade (US
Navy) at church. A two year romance
developed, resulting in their marriage April 23, 1943 in Portland, Oregon. She lived in Long Beach and Sand Francisco,
California while he was on board ship for the duration of the war. Their war time correspondence left a legacy
of love letters which was a comfort to her in her later years without him. They were married 54 years until his death in
After the war, they settled in Independence, Missouri where
their 5 daughters were born. The family
resided also in Stockton and Red Bluff, California; Moses Lake and Medical
Lake, Washington; and Boise, Idaho.
Throughout her lifetime, Viola had various jobs as a secretary and
bookkeeper. She enjoyed singing solos at
church and she taught her daughters to sing as well. She was very active in her church, in women’s
ministries, and later serving as an ordained Elder.
She was an artist for many years, displaying and selling her
work at various Northwest locations.
Many friends and family members were recipients of her talent. She also enjoyed organ lessons with the
senior class at Dunkley’s Music in Boise until recently, and she was big fan of
her weekly bingo games. She knitted hats
and sweaters for needy children, and loved to crochet and sew for her five
girls; she enjoyed keeping up with her Facebook friends, and she loved to read.
Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lade; her
brother, Warren Chelline; and her daughter, Wendy Jacobson. Survivors include her daughters; Cherylene
Rushton (Dudley), Auburn, WA; Valerie Gray (Lorin), Jonesport, ME; Susanne
Tovey (Brent) and Dale Best (Charles), Boise, ID; son-in-law, Scott Jacobson,
Tracy, CA; 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and
If desired, contributions may
be made in her name to Outreach International at www.outreach-international.org,
phone #888-833-1235, or to the Idaho Humane Society.