Viola Hallacy, a longtime resident of Idyllwild, passed away on May 4 this year. She was not only a resident, she was an important part of what is right with the community.
Through her nursing skills, Vi gained an insight of what is important to a community and she worked to do more than just talk about what needed to be done. Part of her nursing skills were applied to helping people who needed some assistance and part of her effort went toward helping with the beginnings of what is now Mountain Disaster Preparedness.
Going beyond that, she earned her Amateur Radio License (call sign of K6VBH) and became active in the local Mile High Radio Club. Then she joined the Riverside County RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) and became an important figure in the linking of emergency communications between these organizations.
Continuing her helpful way without giving up on her other efforts, Vi joined the Woodies, a group that cuts wood for those who cannot cut their own or cannot afford to buy it.
With all that, she never lost sight of what else was important to her. Vi used her knitting skills to create hundreds of little caps for preemie babies. Ever so soft and beautiful they were sent to an organization that distributes them to hospitals for the babies.
A remembrance for Vi Hallacy will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 22, at the Idyllwild Fire Station.
All are invited to see a video review of Vi’s life and add their words and insights of this fine lady.
Proud to have been her friend.
Bill Baker, Idyllwild