Violet Maxine (Surber) Hocking, 89, of Crawfordsville passed away Monday, June 17, 2019, at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville. 

She was born Jan. 18, 1930, at Crawfordsville, to the late Hobart and Helen Christine Surber.

Violet attended Crawfordsville High School and on July 3, 1949, at San Francisco, California, she married the love of her life, Joseph John Hocking. He preceded her in death May 2, 2004. 

She was an active member of the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church and was a loving mother and homemaker. Throughout the years she worked as a clerk at F.W. Woolworth’s, was a district distributor for the Indianapolis Times, worked at the Messenger Crier and the cafeteria at Crawfordsville schools. She loved meeting people and enjoyed camping, canning vegetables, was an avid bargain shopper and a great mother and cook.

She is survived by three sons, Jerry Hocking, Rickey (Cathy) Hocking and John Hobart (Janet Mason) Hocking, all of Crawfordsville; two daughters, Sandra (Ron) Mendenhall of Ladoga and Rhonda (Dave) Commons of Crawfordsville; two brothers, David “Sonny” (Pat) Surber of Reynolds and Mike (Vivian) Surber of Crawfordsville; three sisters, Nancy Teague, Judy Whitlow and Sue Sheets, all of Crawfordsville;10 grandchildren, Michelle (Mark) Struck, Megan (Andy) Craig, Amanda (Nash) Arshad, Pamela (Daniel) Peters, Benjamin (Teresa) Hocking, Jennifer (Phillip) Rowell, Jonathan (Leah) Commons, Thomas Mason, Alexander (Jeongmi) Mason and Sara Mason; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joseph; three brothers, Joseph Surber, Robert Surber and James “J.D.” Surber; three sisters, Patsy Surber, Goldie Surber and Mary Elizabeth Surber; and grandson Matthew Joseph Hocking.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 21 at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville. There also will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at the funeral home, with Dr. John Van Nuys officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill South Cemetery. 

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