Viola Langlo Amos
Born Evelyn Viola Matney, in a cabin in the foothills outside of Macdoel, Siskiyou County, Calif., on November 16, 1923, to parents, Jack and Estella Matney. Viola, 87, passed away in Medford, Ore., on Saturday, March 5, 2011, had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease the last four years of her life.
Viola started school up Bogus, and until her grandfather enrolled her in school, she didn't even know she had another name. Everyone called her "Sis" so she thought "Sis" was her name. Her grandfather told the school her name was Viola, so throughout life she was known as Viola or Vi, and not Evelyn, which she adopted as her middle name. She later was raised in Hornbrook, Calif., on the Vettel Ranch, which is the ranch just north of the bug station in Hornbrook, with the American flag painted on the barn. At that time, Viola's grandparents owned the ranch.
Later after Viola's mother, Stella, married John Cooley, they resided on the Horn Ranch also in Hornbrook, which was later owned by the Roston family, at which time it was known as the Diamond 3. She attended Yreka High School, graduating in 1940, at the age of sixteen. After graduation Viola went to San Francisco, Calif., and during World War II, was a "Rosie the
Riveter" welding on ships in the shipyard for Bethlehem Steel. She returned to Siskiyou County, and in 1946, she married Elton Rodney Langlo. During her marriage, Viola worked in banking for twenty plus years, at Bank of America and Crocker Citizens National Bank, which is now Tri Counties Bank. They later divorced in April 1969. On March 8, 1981, she married Wayne Amos, in Reno, Nev., and resided on Holcomb Road, outside of Montague, Calif. After Viola's retirement from the Siskiyou County Schools Office, Wayne and Viola, moved to the Rogue Valley and bought a ranch in Eagle Point, Ore.
Viola was a very strong and independent woman. After Wayne's death, she sold the ranch she and Wayne owned together, and returned to Siskiyou County, living up Mack's Gulch, out of Gazelle for a short time. Viola moved back to the Rogue Valley, and leased her own ranch off Highway 62, between Medford, Ore., and White City, Ore., where she raised cattle, horses, dogs, and even hauled her own hay out of the hay field after cutting and baling. You could
often catch her on her Kubota tractor feeding cattle and horses, or changing her irrigation
water on her four-wheeler. Viola was an all around "ranch hand/ cowgirl."
Viola was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Elton Langlo, on April 26, 2008; her husband, Wayne Amos, on February 10, 1991; and her "significant other," Lowell Nelson, on October 10, 2009. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Phil (Butch) and Nancy Porter, of Yreka, Calif.; son and daughter-in- law, Ron and Dee Langlo, of Grenada, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Roseanna and Jim Jones, of Medford, Ore., brother, Victor Matney; six grandchildren, Sean and Carla Porter of Santa Clarita, Calif., Stacy Porter, of Fortuna, Calif., Paula Jones, of Yreka, Calif., Ronnie Langlo, of Cottonwood, Calif., Jolene and Miles Burkus, and Jeff Jones, all of Medford, Ore.; two step-grandsons and their wives, Rich and Shannon Jones, and Robert and Shannon Jones, all of Montague, Calif.; 11 great-grandchildren, Kayla and Tristen Porter, Erica Adkins, Dillon, Smokey and Mandee Jones, Kinton and Madison Langlo, Kaizer and Lily Evelynn Burkus, and Taylor Jones; five step-grandchildren, Dallas Jones, Stephen Anderson, Parker and Michael-la Jones, and Nathan Burkus; she is also survived by her "adopted
grandson" and his wife, Lonnie and Christy Varner, and their children, Trevor and Jessie, of Eastern Oregon.
A graveside memorial service, with inurnment, will be held at the Hornbook Cemetery, in Hornbrook, Calif., on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.