formerly of Ann Arbor, Manchester, & Chelsea, age 93, died Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Country Meadows in Grass Lake, Michigan. She was born June 13, 1928, in Tecumseh, Michigan, the daughter of John H. & Adeline (Covell) Curtiss.

Viola was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Manchester and a former member of Dexter Gospel Church. She was active with Manchester Senior Citizens and Chelsea Senior Citizens. Viola retired from Thompson-Shore in Dexter after 8 years of service.

On December 3, 1944, she married Howard R. Poley Sr. in Tecumseh, MI, and he preceded her in death on July 5, 2011. Survivors include two sons, Howard R. (Ann) Poley Jr. of Chelsea, Jerry W. (Vicki) Poley of Grass Lake; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews. In addition to her husband she was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Robert G. Poley, Tom M. Poley; her brothers, John, Douglas, Charles, & Donald; and 3 sisters, Wandina Curtiss, Virginia Schwaub, and Dorothy Jaeger.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 24, 12:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Pastor Gary Page, of Victory Baptist, officiating. Burial will follow at Ridgeway Cemetery in Ridgeway, Michigan. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Tuesday from 3-7 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice at Home – Kindred at Home (

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#1 BRENDA HEGWOOD 2021-11-22 12:37
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Vi was a great inspiration to me and I love her. She is a sweetheart.

I'm sorry for your loss.

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