Violet Lepley Obituary, Death- On Monday, October 30, 2023, at the age of 93, Violet M. Lepley, a cherished local of Hudson, Indiana, died away at Lakeland Rehab and Healthcare Center in nearby Angola. She was born to Allen and Lucille (Nelson) Rowe on May 28, 1930, in Steuben County, Indiana. In the Ashley Methodist Church on January 15, 1949, Violet and Ted D. Lepley Sr. were joined in marriage. They had a wonderful life together until Ted’s untimely death on June 27, 2004. They created a beautiful life together out of love, labor, and commitment.
Violet was a crucial part of the development of the family business, Ted’s Body Shop, as a co-owner. She maintained the office side of the organization while concurrently cultivating their house and raising their four children. Her commitment and enthusiasm were unflagging. Violet was a devout Christian in addition to being a loving wife and mother. Her trust in God, whom she acknowledged as her Savior, was a source of fortitude and solace for her throughout her life. Violet’s affection for her family was boundless.
She was a brilliant musician, taking satisfaction in playing the violin and piano. Her crocheting skills were just as refined, and she regularly made beautiful gifts for the people she cared about. Violet’s outgoing personality shined through as she delighted in time spent with mom Lucille and sister Rosie. The fact that she was crowned Miss Steuben County in 1946 is a testimonial to her beauty and poise. Teri S. (Denny) Schiffli of Hamilton and Tami J. Bell of Fort Wayne, Violet’s devoted daughters, survive her. Her beloved grandkids and great-grandchildren, as well as her brother Richard Rowe and sister Rosie Shipe, all survive her.
Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by their daughter Penny Lepley-Herber, son Ted D. Lepley Jr., grandson James W. Bell, brother Bernard Rowe, and sister Viola Rowe. Her burial at Circle Cemetery in rural Hudson will be attended by family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorial contributions be made to a church of the donor’s choosing in the Ashley or Hudson areas. A tribute to a life well-lived and a spirit that will never be forgotten, Violet will remain in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.