1921 – 2015
EUSTIS — Viola Grace Stevens Armandi, 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 20, at her home in Eustis with her loving family by her side.
She was born on April 13, 1921, in Temple, the daughter of Harry and Mary (Blodgett) Stevens. She graduated from Temple Grammar School in 1935 and Farmington High School in the Class of 1939. For many years, Viola was a business partner at Hodgkins Store in Temple. On Dec. 23, 1974, she married Raymond Armandi and they made their home in Livermore until 1988. Choosing to move north at that time, they built a new home in Eustis and have thoroughly enjoyed spending their retirement years in that area. She was a member of the National Grange, OES Oppalunski Chapter No. 125, Arnold Trail Snowmobile Club, Flagstaff Area ATV Club, Good Neighbor Club of Temple, Temple Congregational Church, Temple Historical Society and the Eaton Memorial Church in Livermore.
Viola loved tending her flower and vegetable gardens and every fall would make her delicious relish and blueberry jam. She crocheted afghans and knit dishcloths for everyone in the family. Her greatest pleasure came from spending time with her grandchildren, whether it was care-taking, teaching them how to play “Flinch” and “Uno” or attending their various sporting events and activities.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Raymond Armandi of Eustis; her children, Diane Unger and husband, Rick, of Florida, Austin Hodgkins and wife, Lori, of New York, William Hodgkins and wife, Barbara, of Temple, Sylvia Adams and husband, Scott, of Phillips; her grandchildren, Michele, Laurel, Larry, Laura, Carrie, Nathan, Joe and Abby; her great-grandchildren, Bobby, Samantha, Emma, Austin, Sophie, Jaxon, Sawyer and Brooklyn; her stepdaughter, Paulette Armandi of North Carolina; many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; her numerous good neighbors and longtime friends.
She was predeceased by her brother, Marvin Stevens; and her sister, Felonise Merchant.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Viola’s special caregiver, Tammy, the staff at Mt. Abram Health Center in Kingfield and to the nurses and aides from Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice for their wonderful care and concern.