Viola was born on May 12, 1939 in Potsdam, the daughter of Albert and Irene Mason Horton. She graduated from Norwood/Norfolk High School. A marriage to Ronald Gilbo ended in divorce. She married Harold Richard in Briar Hill, NY on August 17, 1976. Mr. Richard passed away on February 18, 2002. She was a homemaker, loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, liked going on day trips shopping and seeing the countryside, and was always adorned with her rings and jewelry that she enjoyed wearing. She was member of the First Congregational Church of Morristown.
Viola is survived by her eleven children, Jim (Beverly) Richard, Hayward, CA; Robert (Connie) Richard, Hammond, NY; Howard Richard, Hammond, NY; John Gilbo, Hammond, NY; Peter (Sally) Gilbo, Russell, NY; Harold (Jennifer) Richard, Jr., Morristown, NY; Albert (Laura) Richard, Hammond, NY; Paul Richard, Hayward, CA; Irene (Milton) Marcellus, Hammond, NY; Patricia Richard-Smith (Brett Mercer), Alexandria Bay, NY; and Victor Richard, Hammond, NY; her companion of eight years, Reginald Smith, Carthage, NY; her daughter-in-law, Ellen Gilbo, Ogdensburg, NY , numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her siblings, Lisa Davidson, Massena, NY; Cresson Horton, Ogdensburg; Kevin and Robin Horton, Morristown, NY; Judy and Gary Holland, Ogdensburg, NY; Barbara LaPointe, Hammond, NY; Jim Horton, Morristown, NY; Mike Horton, Schenectady, NY; Danny Horton, Schenectady, NY; Mary Mills, Ogdensburg, NY . She was predeceased by her son Donald Gilbo of Ogdensburg, who passed away in 2015; as well as her siblings, Benny Horton, Schenectady, NY; Nancy Van Patten, Briar Hill, NY; Jacqueline Power, Schenectady, NY; William Mason, Lisbon, NY; and Frederick Horton, Briar Hill, NY.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of her family.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Morristown.