Viola Moses was born on October 21, 1937, in Minter, Alabama, to Lucindie Moore Smith and Lee Ernest Smith. She exchanged her earthly life for life eternal on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at her home in Summit, New Jersey. Viola attended all of her grade school years at Street Manual Training School in Richmond, Dallas County, Alabama, where she graduated valedictorian of her class. She decided to get married after graduating and relocated with her family to New Jersey. While raising a family she spent some time working for Mattel Toy Company and later started working for All-State Legal Supply in Cranford, NJ, where she remained for over 20 years until her retirement. After retiring, she became a fulltime grandmother and took pride in caring for her grandchildren.
Viola joined Liberty Baptist Church shortly after she arrived to New Jersey and was a faithful and dedicated member. She was a proud member of the Usher Board, and served as a Church Greeter. She also worked on the Kitchen Committee and volunteered to assist with the Vacation Bible School program during the summer. She also enjoyed participating in the Seniors Group and attending Sunday School.
Viola was a member of the Rose of Sharon Assembly No. 83, Order of the Golden Circle in Plainfield, NJ, and of the Golden Rule No. 50, Order of the Eastern Star in Vauxhall, NJ. She was a previous longtime member of the Sunbeam Chapter No. 41 in Summit, NJ, and of Golconda Court No. 16, Daughters of Isis in Newark, NJ.
Viola was the proud mother of six children. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Moses, her eldest son, Willie E. Jones, three sisters, Betsy Mae Davis, Lela Deloris Smith, and Willie Nell Smith, and two brothers, James Smith and Roosevelt Smith. She leaves to cherish fond memories her children, Marilyn Dianne Jones of Rahway, NJ, Dorothy Jones of Dillon, SC, Maurice Jones of Summit, NJ, Michael Jones (Magdalena) of Summit, NJ, and Martinique Smith (Edward) of Suwanee, GA. She leaves five grandchildren, Lacretia, Jermaine, Arielle, Kaylie, and Jordan, and five great-grandchildren, Saniya, Kalise, Amari, Cannon, and Jaianna. She leaves three sisters, Rosa Mae Davis, Alberta Smith, and Shirley Jackson and three brothers, Willie Smith, JD Smith, and Lee Ernest Smith, as well as a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Viola Moses will be dearly missed by her family, church family, and all who knew her.