Viola Serene Scheets Erwin, 81, daughter of Walter B. and Ida Pruitt Scheets, was born Feb. 8, 1923, at Yukon. She died Oct. 4, 2004, at the Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool after a long illness.She accepted the Lord as Savior as a young girl and was a member of the Big Creek Free Will Baptist Church. As a teenager, she sang in a trio with her sisters, Myrtle and Ethel, and was a member of the Big Creek choir at singing conventions in the area. She was also a member of a quartet with Myrtle and sometimes Ethel and Jim and Virgil Bandy.During World War II, because of her father’s illness, she took over the responsibilities of running their general store at Yukon. She made trips to Cabool to meet the train to get cattle feed for farmers in the area.She married J. Ralph Erwin of Solo in 1946. They purchased half ownership in the Scheets General Store, where they worked with her parents for five years.In 1951, they sold their interest in the store and moved to Kentucky, where Ralph worked at the atomic plant in Puducah. Their daughter was born while they lived in Kentucky.In 1954, they returned to Yukon and purchased a farm near Mrs. Erwin’s parents. They remained on the farm until they retired and moved to Houston.Mrs. Erwin was an exceptional pie maker.She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John Scheets and Randle Scheets; and one sister, Ethel Bandy Baker.Surviving are her husband of the home in Houston; one daughter, Sherry Lea Gatlin of Houston; one brother, W. Ted Scheets of Houston; one sister, Myrtle McKinney of Burbank, Calif.; and two grandchildren.Services were Oct. 8 at the Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. Ed Hamilton and David Gourley officiating. Burial was in the Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. “

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