|Birth: ||Mar. 29, 1923|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 2008|
Viola Louise Sapaugh Dean
Viola Louise Sapaugh Dean was born near Idabel, Oklahoma in a time when doctors didn’t record birthdays until they arrived at the county courthouse by horse. It took her doctor just shy of one year to turn in her birth certificate. This is the reason for the two birthdates. She was one of eight children and is survived by her two brothers Dale and Hoyle Sapaugh; her sister Vera Ingram; her three children Deborah Rasch, Janet Dawson, Michael Dean, twelve grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Viola’s parents were salt of the earth sharecroppers, and along with her brothers and sisters, she picked cotton by hand wearing a long sleeve shirt, gloves, and a bonnet to keep from tanning and to hide her Indian heritage. She was the first in her family to graduate from Hayworth High School and early on fought with her father to move to Oklahoma City so she could get a job. We think she started the feminist movement. She finally made it out to Oklahoma City with her sister Vera to work for the Corp of Engineers. The Corp was moving and she was offered a job transfer to either Dallas or Galveston. Now Vera wanted to go to Dallas but after speaking with their other sister Frances, who just happened to live on the island, they decided to move to Galveston - her first mistake!
Shortly after arriving on the Island, she was pursued by a young man whom she refused to date because he was a wily, poorly-dressed, red-head known simply as “Red.” Our father, showing the stubbornness that has become a family trait, chased her until fate stepped in and helped: a drunk driver crashed into her car near Murdoch’s on 23rd and Seawall. My father searched everywhere only to find her at the Buccaneer Hotel Ballroom at a dance. He had lied to the police and told them that it was his girlfriend’s car and he and his friend, Tony Scocious, towed it to his garage. My mom had no choice but to grace him with her presence on a single date. This was her second mistake!
My father, being the helpless romantic, gave my mother $200 and told her to go pick out a wedding set. In true Vi Dean Fashion, she spent less than was given. They were married on December 18th, 1948, at Broadway Baptist Church on 35th and Broadway. They bought their home on 12th and Avenue N for $13,000 (best decision ever). There they raised their three children, and began the theme of selfless caretaker of all who needed it; first caring for “Uncle Frank,” a family friend who lived above them, and then her husband’s parents. After Vi’s children were grown she further cemented her role as a caregiver as she helped raise all sets of grandkids - providing love and support whenever asked. Never once did she complain of the discomforts of traveling or getting up in the middle of the night to nurse a sick grandchild. She could often be found wherever the kids were playing whatever game their hearts desired, and always complying with their unfair and ever-changing rules. She was deeply loved by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She touched many people’s lives who were not even members of her family and those who knew her loved her. She will be missed by all. Her final request is that monies are not spent on flowers, but rather donations are made in her honor to the facility that provided her care in the end: Cancer Care Center of South Texas (information below).
Vi’s legacy lives on with those her love her...
Cancer Care Centers of South Texas Attn: Rose V. 40 N. East Loop 410, Ste 500 San Antonio , Texas 78216
Please notate the following:
“In Honor of Viola Sapaugh Dean Physician: Dr. Dice”
• Mike Dean - Son • Michael Dean - Grandson (Honorary) • John Rasch - Son-in-law
• Tyler Dawson - Grandson • Gary Platte - Family Friend • Bobby Platte - Family Friend
• David Colombo - Family Friend
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 20, 2008 at Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas under the direction of Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City, TX.
Carnes Funeral Home-Texas City
Published September 23, 2008
Galveston Daily News
Hayes Grace Memorial Park
Created by: Floyd Lanny Martin
Record added: Jul 18, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 113994870