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Viola Mae Emfinger
Viola Mae Emfinger, a resident of Bishop for 49 years, will be laid to rest alongside her husband, William C. Emfinger, during a private ceremony.
Born to John and Bertha Hinchee on July 11, 1920 in Vinton, Va., Viola Mae died Nov. 15, 2010 at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop. She was 90.
Viola Mae had two brothers, Elwood and Harry Hinchee, and four sisters, Irene Kelley, Eula Roberts and Marie Benson of Salem, Va., and Ethel Strong of Goodwater, Ala.
Viola Mae moved to Norfolk to work in textiles until the war came. She then worked at the Naval Air Station where she met William Leight in the Navy; they were married for 20 years and had one daughter, Linda Lee Leight.
Viola Mae later met her second husband, William C. Emfinger, in Bishop and they were married for 32 wonderful years.
Viola Mae was a vibrant and caring woman who will be genuinely missed; she has passed on to her next journey along with her family and friends.
Viola Mae is survived by her sister, Irene Kelly, and niece, Judy Reynolds of Dallas; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Angelena and Thomas Mullen, as well as their daughter, Christina Dean, of Rancho Cucamonga.