Viola Grosso Stokes, 96, joyfully returned home to her heavenly father on April 7, 2020. Viola was born in Norfolk, Virginia and spent her youth enjoying the Pinewell neighborhood and the beach and waters of Ocean View. Vi attended Norfolk public schools and graduated from Maury High School in 1942. She earned her BS in Home Economics from Mary Washington College. She taught Home Economics at Blair Junior High School for six years. In 1950 she married Dr. William A. Stokes, DDS. Vi and Bill raised a family and started a thriving dental practice in Norfolk. They were married for fifty two years until his passing. They attended Park Place Methodist church until their move to Virginia Beach in 1973. Vi was also a dental Administrative Assistant/Office Manager, dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Vi belonged to the Tidewater Women’s dental auxiliary, the United Methodist Women of Park Place Methodist Church and Virginia Beach Methodist Church. Vi attended services at Nimmo Methodist Church during her later years. Vi enjoyed playing cards with her bridge group for over forty five years. Gardening, reading, loving the family pets, and researching healthy lifestyles were her lifelong passions. She could always advise you as to which vitamin supplements you needed-hence her long and very healthy life.
Vi was predeceased by her beloved husband Bill, brother, Julian Grosso, and parents Ethel and John Grosso.
Left to cherish her memory are son Col. Scott Stokes and wife Delia, daughter Janet Mikluschak, grandchildren Shaun Stokes and wife Noel, Christopher France and wife Megan, and Crystal France, great-grandchildren Ronan and Eliza Stokes, and Henry France.
The family sends their heart filled gratitude to the nurses and caregivers of Harbourway at Atlantic Shores, and to private caregiver G.M.
Memory gifts may be made to whichever charity God has put upon your heart. May God be with you always.