Violet Lovejoy, a 42-year resident of Brookings, passed quietly while holding her daughter’s hand with a smile on her face, on May 7, 2019 at Good Samaritan. Violet was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Gus and Mildred Ninness.

Violet grew up living in Biloxi, Mississippi, San Leandro, California, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Seattle, Washington on the Coast Guard bases where her father served as the commander of a supply ship. She met her future husband, Walt Lovejoy, on the Coast Guard base in Seattle. Mr Lovejoy preceded her in death.

The Lovejoys moved to Santa Cruz, California after Walt was discharged from the service following WWII, where they settled and raised their family. The Lovejoys moved to Brookings in 1977, residing on Fifth Street where they built two homes. Mrs Lovejoy was active in the civic affairs of Brookings. She was a long time board member of the library, helping to plan and execute the building of the new library, caring for the plants that grace the interior of the library and helping the library expand as Brookings grew. She was a member and past president (1989) of the Brookings-Harbor Garden Club and helped plan and build the garden at the south entrance to Brookings on 101. She was a member of the Bonsai Society and enjoyed her collection of bonsai plants in her yard. Gardening was her passion and she passed a love of all things natural to her children.

She is survived by two sons: Bill and Dan Lovejoy of Santa Cruz, California, a daughter Cathleen Lovejoy of Brookings, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, who she loved dearly.

She was a faithful and always helpful friend to her neighbors and friends in Brookings. She is loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Her ashes will be scattered at sea off of Brookings. No local memorial service is planned. Donations in her memory can be made to the Brookings Library.

— Submitted by family


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