Vicki Harvey

 

20130808212211_00001-cropped-cVicki Harvey (b: Viola Belle Webster) passed away peacefully on August 29, 2013, at her home surrounded by family.  She was 86.

Vicki (as she insisted on being called) was born on September 17th, 1926, in the small town of Salina, Oklahoma where she spent most of her childhood.  She showed tremendous courage when she lost her father, mother, and older sister Margie as a young teen.  Vicki’s stalwart nature kept her moving forward through these and many other trials in life.  She moved to California during WWII and was a ferry operator, bus driver, hair stylist, waitress, and tile contractor – always working hard to provide for her family.  Regardless of the many challenges, she showed her strength, amazing work ethic and creativity; she emerged as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and was known as a talented artist, singer, writer, avid reader, and cook.

She was an accomplished painter and shared her paintings with family and friends from coast to coast.  She sold a number of paintings over the years and even painted a large mural of the San Francisco skyline for Sears Fine Foods in San Francisco, CA.   Painting was her passion and she loved bringing joy to others with her art work.

Vicki had the ability to look inside herself and continually evolve into the person she wanted to be; she made her life count, without a wasted moment!  Vicki’s greatest pleasures in this life were her family, home-cooked meals, music, the sounds and views of the Pacific Ocean, and the sharing of love and laughter with her devoted husband Jim, her family and friends.  Family gatherings always included a slice of her pie and Vicki with coffee in hand!

She is survived by her husband James Harvey, her children Annette (Jim), Bradlee (Cathy), Paula (Joe) and Brandi (Liana), grandchildren (Heather (Axel), Justin (Deron), Brynn, Finley, Nathan Vicki and Jim 2(Sophia), Adam (Jill), Christian, Seth (Brittany), Buzz (Camille), Laurel, and Logan) and many great grandchildren.  She also leaves her brother Charles (Foye), sister Wanda, brother-in-law Pete, sisters-in-law Ethel and Wilma, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents James and Sylvia, brothers James and Glen, her sisters Agnes, Margie, and Joni, her son in law Gary, and her former husbands – Blackie and Paul.

Mom – We know you are finally at peace in your “Stillwater Cottage” eating your comfort foods (lots of gravy and butter!), reading one of your many books and listening to your favorite music.

We will never forget you……We LOVE you a bushel and a peck!

A Celebration of Life gathering of family and friends will be held October 5, 2013 2pm at Providence Point Clubhouse, Issaquah, WA.

Vicki requests memorial donations in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

14 Responses to “Vicki Harvey”

  • Leo Homar says:

    Long Live Gigi In Spirit She Will Always Be With Me In My Heart XOXO

    -Leo

  • Justin and Deron says:

    Gigi we are so happy you are at peace now, we wish you could be here for Our wedding day tomorrow. But we know you will be there in spirt . We love you very much…

    Justin, Deron, Gavin

  • italian daughter says:

    I miss my ONE AND ONLY LITTLE LORETTY LYNN. Thank you for giving us your beautiful daughters to carry on your love..you are already missed, but tucked inside of our hearts.

  • BamBam says:

    Now where I am going to find those fried peach pies?? I will miss your laughter, hugs and sending you jokes unless you an email address in Heaven! It is has been a pleasure having you as part of my personal journey through life. You are missed and loved by many.

  • Just Jim says:

    Mom – Going to miss that special sense of humor and all those wonderful memories where I almost wet my pants laughing – God I am going to miss you. See ya on the other side when the time comes – it will probably be a hoot! Love ya forever. xoxoxo

  • Brandi says:

    Wishing the family peace, in this time of mourning. She was truly waiting for you all to be together, before she went on to her “Stillwater cottage”! Sending love and prayers to Seattle!

  • Don Scott says:

    A wonderful testimony of your life. You gave life to wonderful human beings, Vicki, and I am lucky to know three of them. May you find peace in your next journey while watching over those you leave behind.

  • Marie & Kim says:

    In your honor, we will make Vicky’s Gourmet Potato Salad Sunday and eat it on Monday since “it’s always better the second day!”. We treasure your 5 paintings that hang in our house – what a true artist. Kim and I were blessed to have you as a friend. Sending love and peace to your family.

  • Barb Heskett ne:Webster says:

    How lucky Jeannie, Rosalie, and I were to have been raised in our Webster family. I still remember Aunt Vicki in Vallejo, with a lady named “Lizzie” who we thought was right out of “Gone With the Wind”. We thought we were in Hollywood! Turns out Lizzie was a maid, sitter, and good friend who lived there with her until she got old. Aunt Vicki and her sisters sang together so beautifully (Hollywood calling again) I was in awe of her growing up, and I’m so happy to say we became good friends when we began coming to Oregon to see Mom and Dad and were able to visit more often with her and Uncle Jim. Thank You for sharing thoughts with me, Aunt Vicki, and as we agreed, we shall meet again. Say Hi to Dad and Jeannie please…I love you, Barb (Bobby)

  • Jeannie Schmidt says:

    Dearest Vickie, I’m So Very Glad that you and I got a chance to speak on the phone, Long Distance, many times. Your Sweet Voice was always so Strong, you covered your Suffering well. Bud will be there,,along with Harry Ludlow and many others to Welcome you Home. Give Bud a Huge Hug for me ok? He Loved You and Jim So much, and even though He was kind of a ‘late in life’ surprise, Bud was always in wonder of how you all accepted him into your loving Family. Peace be with you now, till we meet you there, and I’ll keep in touch with Our Jim,,Blessings to your Family,,Love You Vickie, Jeannie.

  • LeResh Tessiore says:

    You girls, Annette, Paula & Brandi, so lovingly took care of Aunt Vicki during her illness. Likewise, you have done wonderfully in organizing her memorial service and composing her tribute: so well written!! Her younger photo is beautiful, as beautiful as I will always remember her, my favorite Aunt. Her and Jim’s photo speaks so much of their loving relationship. What a handsome couple!! I look forward to celebrating Aunt Vicki’s life with family and friends…..Love….LeResh

  • Leah says:

    Vicki, you made such a positive difference in my life. Thank you for all the laughter, fun, happy memories and important life lessons. You know that I’m thinking about fruit with marshmallow whip and potato salad (“Did you put a new potato in this?”)! You will be missed by so many — a true sign of a life well-lived. I love you, and will never forget. Leah

  • Dana says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your Mother. She would be so pleased! I’m happy that you all got to be with her when she passed. She is now at peace and with our Dad’s telling jokes and laughing! Love and Hugs to you all…

  • Jody T. says:

    Paula, Annette and Brandi, your Mom was always so special to me. We would always have lots of laughs when she was at Paula’s house. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Remember all your fun memories, there were so many. I send my love to each of you.

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