Violet Rae Mackey, 87, of Mitchell died, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at her home under Hospice Care. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM Monday at Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Violet was born September 2, 1932 in Mitchell, SD to Royal and Helen (Byrd) Cross. She attended school in Letcher before graduating from Mitchell High School in 1951.
In 1953 she married Dick Mackey in Loomis, SD. After they married, Vi lived in Colorado Springs while Dick served in the Army. They returned to Mitchell then lived in several towns in Eastern SD while Dick worked in masonry construction. They settled in Mitchell where Dick started his own masonry company and Vi was active in the business serving as an officer. Vi later worked at the Middle School cafeteria where she enjoyed working at the Kernel Korner and giving cookies to kids.
While her children were growing up Vi was the neighborhood mom, providing snacks, fixing bicycles and writing clues for treasure hunts. She loved camping in the Black Hills and rock hunting in the Badlands. Later in her life she became an avid DWU and high school basketball fan and could be found at the Corn Palace all day and evening long on tournament days. She was an enthusiastic sports fan from watching grandchildren play to being competitive in the family football pool. Holidays were especially meaningful to Vi as she loved being surrounded by her family.
Vi was a member of Life Church of Mitchell. She loved Jesus with all her heart. She was a prayer warrior and gifted in worship including, writing songs, poetry, and playing the piano.
She is survived by her children, Brenda, Kathy (Garrett) Schroeder, Judy (Steve) Gaston, Wade, West (Carol), Jodi Campbell, Beau and Jeremy; a daughter-in-law Judy Mackey; 21 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; her sisters Bev (Kenny) Mikkelson and Carol (Mike) Royston; and brother Russell (Judy) Cross.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Richard“Mack” Mackey Jr; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie; two grandchildren, Steve and Claire; her sisters, Eva Brewer and Jean Moody; brothers, Frank and Bob Cross; sisters-in-law, Mona Cross and Delores Cross; and brothers-in-law, Lyle Brewer, Ralph Moody and Pete Mackey.