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Violet Ward Bistany of Tampa, Florida, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022 at the age of 91.  Born in Huntington, West Virginia, Violet was the only daughter of Rev. Herbert T. and Leah Ward. 

Violet was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Tinsley “W.T.” Ward, Homer Ward, and Billy Jack Ward; her oldest daughter Sharon Mathis; her sons-in-law Larry Mathis, Jim Kaplin, and James “Andy” Anderson; and her granddaughter Michelle Schultz.

Violet is survived by her children Red Bistany (Karen), Leah Kaplin, Martha Juncal (Michael), and Barbara Anderson.  She is survived by her grandchildren Jim Sansom (Kim), Scott Sansom (Mary), Mark Mathis (Amy), Brian Bistany (Kristen), Kimberly Bistany (Kern), Violet Hardeman (Travis), and Allison Buck (Jeremy) and her great grandchildren Jakob, Kyle, Spencer, Christian, Alyssa, Caleb, Ethan, Kaiya, Karys, Brooks, Cooper, Jimmy Lea, Marley, Aiden, Levi, and soon to arrive Camille.  Violet is also survived by her brothers, Whit Ward (Mary) and Wes Ward (Carol).  She also has many nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends who knew her as “Aunt Sis”, “Mom Bistany”, or “Grandma Bistany” who loved her very much.

Violet was an amazing Christian woman and a warrior for Christ.  She led by example and taught her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to be strong Christian men and women.  Next to her family, the thing she loved most was her church.  She loved worshiping, teaching, studying, serving, and giving.

Violet had many jobs over the course of her life.  To describe her as a hard-working dedicated single mother does not begin to do her justice.  She owned and operated her own day care center, she owned and serviced multiple laundromats, she serviced vending machines, she had newspaper delivery routes with the Tampa Tribune and USA Today, and she worked for many years at Marine Bank in downtown Tampa.  Her favorite job may have been her final job as a Hillsborough County Crossing Guard at Morgan Woods Elementary School. 

Violet will be deeply missed by all the lives she touched, especially by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  We know that she is safe with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that we will all be together again one day. 


  • Dawna Kelly
    Posted August 27, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to all the Bistany, family. Sure will miss her smiling face! She’s was always there to help anyone out at anytime!
    Violet, loved her lord , and family . Will miss her cheesy grits, oh my how I loved them!
    The Kellys ,
    Dawna and John

  • Dawna Kelly
    Posted August 27, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Our Deepest Sympathy to the Bistany, family . Sure will miss her smile! She loved her Lord, and family ! Violet, was always helping someone all the time. Sure will miss her cheesy grits, oh my was they ever good !
    The Kellys,
    Dawna & John

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