Tobias Funeral Home - Belmont Chapel

648 Watervliet Ave, Dayton, OH


Viola Millie Grove-Merritt

January 11, 1942January 6, 2020

Viola M. Grove-Merritt, age 77, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Lola (Townsend) Smith and brother, Jay Dee Smith. She is survived by her son, Joseph Sheffler (Michelle Brown); daughters, Tina (Larry) Cook, Laurie (Jeff) Box and Devon L. Grove-Merritt; sister, Jeannie (Bob) Humphries; grandchildren, Allysee Brown, Athena Sheffler, Heather (Rob) Ebbecke, Mitchell Cook, Logan Cook, Nicholle Sanchez, Sarah (Eric) Carter, Mishka Moser, Emerik Moser, Kailin Lassiter and Jopin Dullagan; great-grandchildren, Lawson Sanchez, Sloane Sanchez, Etta Carter, Mazurik Prater and Marska Prater; sister-in-law, Ruthie Smith; cousins & traveling companions, Joyce & Al Buncic; dear friends, “The Pink Ladies”, Marlene Vandegrift, Colleen Postal, Nancy Shoulder, Lynn Cox, Harrietta Sommer, Linda Sherman, Cyd Cotterman and Julie Brennan; numerous beloved nieces and nephews and great-grand-dog, Parker. Viola was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and worked for over 30 years as a hematology/oncology nurse at WPAFB and then as a nurse for Hospice of Dayton. She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 32 and given 5 years to live; she said every year after that was a blessing. She had 45 blessed years. Viola said she’d been to way too many funerals in her lifetime and didn’t want one for herself. What she wanted was an outdoor party to celebrate her life, so that’s what we will be doing for her once the weather warms up. Interment will follow in Michigan following the celebration of life at a later date.


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Connie Fuerst

January 12, 2020

Shake it up in heaven VI. I did Her hair for some time when we were lots younger. She was spunky and fun to be around. She loved her kids so much and I am blessed to know this family! So many memories.

Michael Dora

January 9, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know your Mother but you did tell me once how she called your name when you were young. I will be praying for your next season in life without her.

Terri Tibbs

January 9, 2020

I am so sorry for this loss. I knew Viola for a short time and she was one of the sweetest women I have met. Her outlook on life even though she had had so many health issues was always positive and you wouldn’t know she had been sick or feeling bad. She will me greatly missed. Prayers for you and your family.

Vince Maloney

January 8, 2020

Laurie, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Even though I never met her, she sounds like someone I would have been happy to have in my life.

Vince Maloney