DOWNEY - Longtime Downey resident Violet P. Solis, an active resident and regular at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center, passed away June 2, a few months shy of her 90th birthday.She was born in Mexico City on Sept. 13, 1923 and two years later moved with her parents to Los Angeles. She excelled in school graduating from Fremont High School with honors. After high school, she went to work as a staff accountant for Union Pacific Railroad and retired from there 40 years later. Solis was an active skier well into her 80s and was an active member of the Fountain Valley Ski Club until her recent illness. An avid traveler, she visited most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Mexico, the Panama Canal and India. She was treasurer of the Orange County Society for Calligraphy, using her calligraphy skills to make greeting cards and wedding invitations. She attended classes at Cerritos College and participated in exercise classes and excursions at the Downey senior center. She also belonged to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Solis was also involved with Downey Memorial Christian Church since 1967, where she served as deaconess, elder, CWF member, chairman of the worship committee and sang on the choir. She is survived by her brother, Frank; sister, Mary; nieces and nephews Karen Fritsche, Dennis Solis, Susan Frank, Kim Lucas, Beverly Hellman, Lorraine Sense and Donald Turnbaugh; 11 grand nieces and nephews; and several great grand nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. at Downey Memorial Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo, specifically requesting support for the winter skiing and snowboarding programs.
********** Published: June 6, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 08