WEST LIMA/VIOLA — Vesta Jean Hornby, 90, of West Lima and the Viola area, passed away at Vernon Manor in Viroqua, and was welcomed to her home in heaven Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.
Vesta was born Jan. 26, 1927, to Fred and Mabel (Myers) Hilleshiem in the town of Bloom, at the family homestead in rural Richland County. She graduated from West Lima High School in the “Class of 1945.” On Aug. 30, 1947, Vesta married Vaughn Hornby at the West Lima United Brethren Church. Together they raised their family and farmed in the Viola area for more than 50 years. She loved flowers and her gardening. Vesta was a giving person sharing not only her gardens but also her home on weekends, as they shared meals with friends or family.
Vesta’s greatest joy was serving the Lord and her family. She loved both greatly.
Vesta loved to sing in the church choir. She taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school. Vesta and Vaughn were leaders of the church youth group, sharing Bible studies, the outdoors and even skating trips. She was always willing to help at church, in any other function as well. Vesta also enjoyed the time she spent with the ladies of the Christian Women’s Club in Richland Center.
Family and friends were blessed by her gentle kindness.
She was greatly loved, and she will be greatly missed.
Today Vesta is survived by her husband, Vaughn; their children, LaMon (Karen) Hornby of Richland Center, Marlyn (Deb) Hornby of Readstown, Malene (Michael) Kargl of Berlin, Rahn (Sandee) Hornby of Arcadia; and 11 grandchildren, Shelly (Dominic) Anderson, Joel (Tammy) Hornby, Darren Hornby, Jena (Adam) Burns, Jennifer (Nick) Rogstad, Jerod (Kassy) Hornby, JoEllen (Harry) Young, Erica (Ben) Gores, Heather (Brad) Kurczek, Heidi (Josh) White, and Angela (Jingen) Yu. Also surviving are 19 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Avis Hilleshiem of Richland Center and Iva Hoyum of Rockford, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Julius and Delmer; an infant brother, Eldon; and her in-laws, Alvin and Rena (Fish) Hornby, Orvis (Delores) Hornby, Edwyn Hoyum and Ruby Hilleshiem.
Funeral services for Vesta will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home, 123 W. Decker St., Hwy. 56, in Viroqua. The Reverend Dr. Steve Fossum of Viroqua and Pastor Dennis Jones of the Beulah Wesleyan Church in Gillingham, will co-officiate. Friends may call during a visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, and also one hour before the service Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at the Viola Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be directed to the Kickapoo Rescue Squad in Vesta’s name.
Online condolences may be offered at www.vossfh.com.
The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home 123 W. Decker in Viroqua is serving the family.