Violet Hotchkiss, resident of Fulton

Violet Smith Hotchkiss, 73, of Fulton, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

She was born in Waterloo and lived most of her life in Mexico and Fulton. She graduated in 1956 from Fulton High School. She was employed at Crouse Hinds for 15 years and A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital for 25 years before retiring in 1997.

She was a Girl Scout Leader from 1969 through 1972 at Oak Street School. She also enjoyed bingo and playing cards with her family and friends.

She is predeceased by her son, Edward McGibbon Hotchkiss; mother, Viola Jerome Smith Martin; father, Arthur W. Smith; and 3 brothers, Arthur S. Smith, Edward J. Smith, and Charles L. Smith.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Raymond; daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Turner of Westerly, RI; Wendy (Lynn) Dayger of Canterbury, Conn.; son, Dustin (Bonnie) Hotchkiss of Fulton; one brother, Harold (Betty) Smith of Greenville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Kerry (John) Heinz of Dunlap, IL; Austin (Stephanie) Dayger of Plainfield, Conn.; Alecia Dayger of Sommerville, Mass.; Nicole Lastra of Fulton; Jennifer Hotchkiss of Minetto; and Kadin and Cheyenne Hotchkiss of Fulton; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life service was held Sunday, at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Anatomical Gift Program, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, New York, 13210 where she has donated her body for the advancement of medical education and research.

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