In Remembrance: Eagle woman lived to be 100

Idaho StatesmanJanuary 21, 2007 

Long life came easy to Viola Mohr, of Eagle. She ate home-grown vegetables and fruit and exercised daily.

Her lifestyle is the reason she lived to be 100 years old, according to family. And they're quick to add that she was the nicest, sweetest lady anyone could ever meet.

But just because Mohr never gossiped or overstated her opinion, doesn't mean hard times didn't fall on her. She lived through the Depression and war, experienced divorce and was later widowed after her second husband, Rudolph Mohr, died.

At a recent service, family and friends remembered Mohr, who died Jan. 10.

Those closest to her felt lucky, not only for her sweet disposition, but also for her raspberry pie which she always made for church and family parties.

"Oh my God. My grandmother was the best cook on the planet," said Kristin Baumgardner of Boise. "They used to hide her pie at the potlucks. And only those people that knew the secret code could get (a slice)."

Mohr honed her culinary skills and independence as a young lady growing up in Jerusalem Valley, a town outside of Horseshoe Bend. Today, the valley is largely a ghost town, according to Baumgardner.

Growing up, Mohr walked about four miles from the family ranch to the nearest grade school. When she finished 8th grade, she had to wait two years for her brother, Willis, to finish so they could go to high school in Boise.

On the weekends, Viola and Willis would hitch a ride home or occasionally walk "up and over the hill" back to Jerusalem Valley from Boise, a distance of about 28 miles.

Although Mohr spoke little about her first marriage, she enjoyed talking about the blind date with Rudy Mohr which resulted in a second marriage in 1962. The date was set up by family.

"She met this Rudy Mohr and married him. He was a wonderful man and they were so happy," said Viola Mohr's sister Olive Folwell of Nampa. "But then he lost his life. I think when he was 67 when he passed away."

Rudy Mohr also was divorced and had a son, Melvin, when they remarried.

Rudy Mohr died in 1975 from a heart attack.

"I remember my dad would tell me he loved her dearly," Melvin Mohr said. "He died happily because of her."

Viola Mohr never remarried and never had any biological children.

"(Mohr) was pretty lonesome for a while (after Rudy's death), but she went on. She was a great gal," Folwell said.

Mohr remained devoted to family, friends, church, and her garden in Eagle.

In Remembrance is a weekly profile of a local resident who has recently died. Contact West Ada news assistant Monique Bosolet at mbosolet@idahostatesman.com or 672-6716.

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