Violet Breeling

Violet Breeling, a long-time resident of Little Sioux, Iowa and a cultural activist, died December 28, 2014, of complications following a brief illness. She was 88 having been born in Long Beach, California on April 5, 1926. Violet died in Corpus Christi, Texas where she had been a patient at a nursing care facility for several years. During her life in Little Sioux, Violet, who was married to Roy G. Breeling, Sr., had 3 sons, graduated from Little Sioux High School, operated an in-home bakery, decorated scores of wedding cakes, participated in a number of historic preservation projects, helped found the Little Sioux Historic Preservation Association, the Little Sioux Community Improvement Association, and Town & Country Arts in Harrison County, among others. She and Roy Sr. donated the property for Nealy Hall and the adjacent ball park to the town and helped with the preservation and opening of Murray Hall as a senior center and assembly venue. Violet had a deep love for the area and its history and would be pleased that her final resting place will be in the beautiful Little Sioux Cemetery. She is survived by two sons & wives, Roy Jr. and Beverly and Charles and Elsa, 6 grandchildren and spouses, 20 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by 5 siblings, Alice Moore, Larry Chapman, Yvonne Gautney, Timothy Chapman, and Marianne Chapman, and by many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, Sr., her son Larry William, mother and father, Charles and Lucy Chapman, brothers Charles “Bud” Chapman, Junior Chapman and Ronald Chapman, and sisters Dorothy Beckham and Colleen Chapman. A memorial service in celebration of the life of Violet will be held at 1:30 pm, May 9, 2015 at the Hennessey-Aman Funeral Home, 310 E Huron St., Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555ý telephone (712) 642-2745ý. There will not be a procession or grave side service. A reception (offering a light afternoon meal) will be held thereafter at Nealy Hall located on the highway on the west side of Little Sioux starting at 3:00 pm. The family requests no flowers and that any donations be made to Little Sioux Historic Preservation Association, c/o Madylon Perley, 1354 125th Street, Little Sioux IA 51545.

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