Viola was raised in a household of mechanics. Her father owned and operated his own repair business in Havre, Montana where she and her brother worked after school and during summers.
Viola met Kit while acting in a play at Northern Montana College where she attended classes and she was able to straighten him out enough to finally concede to be called Mrs. Johnson in 1987.
Viola is the guiding force behind J4 Automotive’s huge success in the Helena valley due to her astute marketing acumen and administrative aptitude. Kit and Vi work hand in hand and make up J4 Automotive’s management team.
Viola is the mother of two children, Nikita and Kacy, and has been an advocate of children for many years. She has been a Brownie troop leader, a PTA member and president, a Sunday school teacher and was the founding co-chair for the East Helena Quality Education Foundation.
Viola received the Red Cross Volunteer of the Year award for 2004 and in 2005 was highlighted in the Independent Record’s prestigious series entitled “20 under 40” where community activists are recognized. Vi was awarded the Legion of Honor award from the Chapel of Four Chaplains for her community service to veterans.
Viola is also very active in veteran’s affairs and is the Senior Vice President for the Marine Corps League Auxiliary. Viola was the brain child of the yellow ribbons that adorn East Helena’s Main street and she has spent many a night lettering the veteran’s names onto them.
Viola is a board member on the Youth Connections Coalition, a foundation dedicated to enhancing social, emotional and
mental health supports for Helena’s youth.
Viola’s hobbies include her family, crafts, cars, music, cooking, canning fresh vegetables from her garden and outdoor sports.