Violet V. Salem, 98, of Grafton and Shrewsbury


Violet V. SalemGrafton/Shrewsbury – Violet V. (Namay) Salem passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 after a period of declining health.

A resident of Grafton and recently of Shrewsbury Crossings, Violet was a long-time teacher whose career began in a one-room school in West Virginia at the age of 19. She loved the children so much that she attended night school to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morris Harvey College.

Her career spanned four decades, teaching in West Virginia, Virginia and Massachusetts, culminating with her retirement from the Grafton Public Schools in 1985. Throughout her tenure, parents often requested that their children be placed in her class room. She was also graced with many “thank you” notes and letters from past students, who she inspired to become educators themselves.

The youngest of five children, Violet was born to Moses and Edna (Lewis) Namay in Charleston, W.V. After a whirlwind romance, she married Samuel Salem Sr. of Worcester and began raising their family while pursuing her career. She was predeceased by her husband, who died in 1977.

Violet was a member of Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, where she served as Superintendent of Sunday School for many years, and was one of the first women to be elected to serve on the Parish Council.

Violet is survived by her family, which were her pride and joy, Alberta Milhem and her husband Kenneth, Samuel Salem Jr. and his wife Linda, and Sandra Salem, all of Grafton; three grandchildren, Samuel Salem III and his fiancé Taylor Dunn of Fort Worth Texas, Kaitlyn Martin and her husband Sean of Auburn, and Dominique Salem Mastrototoro and her husband Justin Whiteside of Grafton; four great-grandchildren, Noah Salem, Kara Ashley Salem, Jordan Salem, and Riley Martin; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling Hours will be held Friday, April 27, from 4-7 p.m., in Saint George Cathedral, 30 Anna St., Worcester, and again on Saturday morning, from 10:30-11:15 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m., with Father Milad Selim presiding. Interment will follow in Hope Cemetery in Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Anna St., Worcester, MA 01604.