Violet Mackey


September 2, 1932 - February 12, 2020


Violet Rae Mackey, 87, of Mitchell died, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at her home under Hospice Care.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Bittner Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM Monday at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Violet was born September 2, 1932 in Mitchell, SD to Royal and Helen (Byrd) Cross. She attended school in Letcher before graduating from Mitchell High School in 1951.

In 1953 she married Dick Mackey in Loomis, SD. After they married, Vi lived in Colorado Springs while Dick served in the Army. They returned to Mitchell then lived in several towns in Eastern SD while Dick worked in masonry construction. They settled in Mitchell where Dick started his own masonry company and Vi was active in the business serving as an officer. Vi later worked at the Middle School cafeteria where she enjoyed working at the Kernel Korner and giving cookies to kids.

While her children were growing up Vi was the neighborhood mom, providing snacks, fixing bicycles and writing clues for treasure hunts. She loved camping in the Black Hills and rock hunting in the Badlands. Later in her life she became an avid DWU and high school basketball fan and could be found at the Corn Palace all day and evening long on tournament days. She was an enthusiastic sports fan from watching grandchildren play to being competitive in the family football pool. Holidays were especially meaningful to Vi as she loved being surrounded by her family. 

Vi was a member of Life Church of Mitchell.  She loved Jesus with all her heart. She was a prayer warrior and gifted in worship including, writing songs, poetry, and playing the piano.

She is survived by her children, Brenda, Kathy (Garrett) Schroeder, Judy (Steve) Gaston, Wade, West (Carol), Jodi Campbell, Beau and Jeremy; a daughter-in-law Judy Mackey; 21 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; her sisters Bev (Kenny) Mikkelson and Carol (Mike) Royston; and brother Russell (Judy) Cross.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Richard“Mack” Mackey Jr; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie; two grandchildren, Steve and Claire; her sisters, Eva Brewer and Jean Moody; brothers, Frank and Bob Cross; sisters-in-law, Mona Cross and Delores Cross; and brothers-in-law, Lyle Brewer, Ralph Moody and Pete Mackey.




Monday, February 17, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Prayer Service 6:30 PM

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
600 W 23rd Ave
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Sarah Dewald on February 22, 2020
Mama Vi was the essence of grace & love. It didnt matter where a person was at in life - Mama Vi loved you and never judged. Mama Vi, you are now singing praises in front of the Lord - I Can Only Imagine - what it is like! Be sure to do a few Whoo Hoo's! Thank you Lord for sharing such a beautiful lady with us. I was an honor to know her. Until we meet again Mama Vi - XOXOX
Posted by Cindy Kuipers Smith on February 18, 2020
Thinking of all the Mackeys today. I remember Vi as an amazing lady. Her home was lively with family and friends, and she seemed always in control. I know she loved her family and her God intensely. I am sorry for your loss.
Posted by Ron & Kim Mikkelson on February 17, 2020
Sending love and prayers to the family and friends of Vi as they gather to say good bye and honor a life well lived. She sounded like a wonderful fun person who will be greatly missed. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ™
Posted by Lana Ellwein on February 16, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Vi's family. Such a loss to so many. She will be missed
Posted by Monte and. Rita Anker on February 16, 2020
Our condolences to Viโ€™s family
Posted by Vickie Blakney on February 16, 2020
Prayers to your family. So sorry for your loss!
Posted by Linda Caviezel on February 16, 2020
A sweet person
Posted by Karli Kiner on February 16, 2020
My condolences to all of Viโ€™s family she was a great lady who always treated me great. It was always a fun time when she babysat me. She will be missed always
Posted by Matthew Sweeney on February 14, 2020
Condolences to the family
Posted by Bob & Mary Ackman on February 14, 2020
Many found memories of this wonderful woman while living in her neighborhood. Hugs to all of you!
Posted by Jan Smith on February 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™. She will be missed by many especially Russ & Judy, Kenny and Bev, and her children & grandchildren. Prayers for all.
Posted by Vicky Brooks Bailey on February 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss. God bless.
Posted by Tammy Vawser on February 14, 2020
Very sorry to hear of the loss of such a Great Lady!! My condolences to Vi's family may she be forever in all of your hearts. RIP Vi Mackey โค๐Ÿงกโค
Posted by Audrey Ostertag on February 14, 2020
I know Vi was needed and loved very much by her grandchildren and daughter-in-law and so many others and will be missed
Posted by Deb Dunn on February 13, 2020
Vi you are a special lady. I have so many great memories with you.
Give grandma. Cross a big hug for me.
Will miss your humor. RIP
Posted by Cindy Weber on February 13, 2020
Aunt Vi was a very beautiful person, inside and out! I will miss her. My prayers go out to all of her family ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
Posted by Russ and Judy Cross on February 13, 2020
Our hearts are hurting for the loss of our sister .will miss her very much.our deepest sympathy to all of Vi's family.
Posted by Brenda Lange on February 13, 2020
Such a wonderful lady RIP
Posted by Carol Mackey on February 13, 2020
Forever in My Heart!!
Posted by Stacy mackey on February 13, 2020
I'm going to miss a great wonderful lady. She had good spirits and was a joy to be around the joke she made she will always have a special place in my heart.
Posted by Delores Nesheim on February 13, 2020
So Sorry . She was a great lady . She will be missed by everyone .
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