Ulna Verlee Viar

Ulna Verlee Viar, age 95, of Quincy, died on Saturday, March 30, 2024 in Golden Good Shephard Home. She was born on June 30, 1928 in Quincy, the daughter of Joesph Atwater and Florence (Powers) Atwater Christoffersen. Verlee married Raymond Viar on September 11, 1967 in Las Vegas, NV.

Verlee was employed at Apex and Quincy Compressor as an assembler/tester until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of Elks and 822 Union Machinist.

Verlee had a big smile, a social personality and enjoyed time with her family She liked gardening and trips to the Casino, she also loved her dog and cats.

Verlee is survived by her children: Jerry LeRoy (Phyllis) Robbearts, Buchanan, TN, Marilyn Robbearts (Terry) Purcell, St. Charles, MO, Bryan Ellis (Bobbi) Roberts, Liberty, IL and two surviving daughters-in-law, Jill Robbearts Burton, Gilson, IL and Sue Roberts, Quincy, IL. Thirteen grandchildren; Margie Griggs, Tony Robbearts, LaTisha Beecham, Greg Robberts, Danielle Ottinger, Gavin Purcell, Lori Phan, Ed Robbearts, Jr, Sarah Lutz, Tim Wheeler, Chantelle Travis,Christina Daniel and Chris Gee. Twenty-six great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, one great great-great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Viar, stepdaughter, Rayola Viar, two sons, Edward Robbearts and Richard Roberts, two sisters Helen Graham and Joann Goebel and one brother, Robert Atwater.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. in Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Interment will be in Xander Cemetery, Liberty, IL. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Messages may be shared online at www.dukerandhaugh.com.


  1. Terry Shepherd on April 2, 2024 at 2:24 pm

    Prayers of comfort to the family. Verlee was a wonderful woman with a smile as beautiful as her heart. I will miss her yearly Christmas cards. I hold a lot of love for her, she will be forever in my heart. Terry

  2. Jill Robbearts-Burton on April 2, 2024 at 2:28 pm

    I was so privileged to call her Mom!!! My heart is with my family at this time.

  3. Sandy Pompe on April 2, 2024 at 5:07 pm

    I feel like I have known Verlee forever. I have been best friends with her daughter for 40 years, so long in fact that I called Verlee mom.

    She provided hugs and kisses to everyone, but they were so very special to me as many days I needed them from a mom figure that was able to provide them. I remember her sitting at my kitchen table with my own mother, as well as with another friend’s mother. They were the three older generation moms who sat together and talked.

    She loved her family fiercely and strongly, and made everyone feel special. Anyone who knew her is a better person just for having her cross their path. ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Tom & Stephanie Quarnstrom on April 3, 2024 at 8:38 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of sadness. She is forever in your hearts!

  5. Terry Purcell on April 3, 2024 at 10:36 am

    Verlee was a wonderful mother-in-law and I’m so blessed with having so many great and memorable times with her spread out the over 50+ plus years of knowing her and married to her loving daughter, Marilyn. She always had a smile, ready to travel and certainly seemed to enjoy her time in Tennessee where she was ready to fish and enjoy a beverage to celebrate her catching fish in Kentucky Lake.

    While TN was a thrill she also had an adventure for travel! She always was ready to pack a bag and get in the car (or cruise ship) and excited to see what every day was going to bring. Each day did not seem to be about her, but the enthusiasm / joy she rubbed off on everyone she met.

    She will be so missed in our daily lives, but has left us with a heart full of joyful memories that we and many others can reflect on about how to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

  6. Lori Phan on April 3, 2024 at 5:35 pm

    Grandma Viar was an amazing grandmother. Though I was her step-granddaughter, she always loved me as one of her own. I hope she knows the profound impact her love had on me. She will truly be missed.
    My children and I send love and prayers to all our family right now. Grandma Viar and all who loved her are in our prayers.

  7. Randy and Nancy Ulrich on April 3, 2024 at 9:04 pm

    Verlee was a really sweet lady, great neighbor and friend. Deepest sympathy for all your family.

  8. Theresa Kuenzle on April 4, 2024 at 9:11 am

    Your mom always had a smile on her face. I remember so well her talking about her trips to Tupelo, MS and other related towns for her adventures. I was amazed that she drove this herself and a late age. She was full of adventure for sure. I know she left all of you many memories that will keep her close to your heart forever. Prayers and sympathy to all of the you at this sad time. She is resting with Jesus now. How wonderful is that. Hugs to all.
    Love, Bob and Theresa

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