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Long-time Cal4Wheel historian Viola Haviland passes away

Viola Haviland, 83, of Mountain Ranch, California, passed away peacefully on October 10, 2021. Vi was raised in the Bay Area, where she graduated from San Lorenzo High School and met and married Art Archer. Afterward, they created Archer Brothers with his brother Garner. She worked in banking, and then together with her daughter Jamie, they founded Wild Things Beads. Love has no age, as she married Burton Haviland in 2008 at the age of 70, and he helped indulge her love of travel during their retirement years.

Vi and Barbara Hicks at the 1996 convention

Vi and Barbara Hicks at the 1996 convention

Vi shows off her patches

Vi shows off her patches

Viola was one of the first women off-road racers. Vi was a historian for Cal4Wheel and a member of the Northern California Bead Society. Throughout her years, she enjoyed square dancing and playing the piano, along with sewing quilts, clothes and wedding dresses.

Viola is survived by her husband Burton Haviland, her sister-in-law Bonnie Attleson, her children Jamie and Guy, Annette and Ed, Bruce and Debbie; her stepchildren Donna, Burton Jr., Dwayne, Robert, Angela; and her 25 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sons Garry and Henry.

We request all of Viola's loved ones to join us in celebrating her beautiful life on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 254 West Saint Charles Street in San Andreas, CA. Viewing at 8:30-10AM, service 10-11AM.

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