Vickie E. Mabry
Sunrise – September 4, 1951
On the above date, Our Lord and Savior delivered to William S. and Ann H. Mabry, their only Child, Vickie E. Mabry.
Sunrise – February 1, 2021
The above date is not a misprint. On the above date, Vickie E. Mabry left her earthly home to go to her Heavenly home. Those, whom were privileged to have truly known Vickie, fully understood, a Sunset for her is not in her vocabulary. The dash between September 4, 1951 and February 1, 2021 was defined by the following:
A Graduate of E.J. Hays High School; a brilliant Administrative Assistant for Shalimar, Perimeter, and Service Enterprises, all of Alexandria, Virginia, until her stroke; and a steadfast attendee of Church(s) in Williamston, NC, the last being, Williams Chapel A.M.E. Zion, Reverend Ingrid Hackett, officiating, about whom Vickie professed knew Vickie was her “favorite Angel”!
We, her Biological Family, and closest Friends can hear:
“How are you percolating”; “They are just acting ‘pure D’ foolish”; “Hey, Old Lady”; her infectious laugh, her gregarious nature, and more.
Some of us spoke with her on a daily basis, for minutes or hours and some conversations ended with Prayer; and when she felt you were down, she passionately and prayerfully offered Isaiah 54:17 as a means of solace.
A multitude of words could be offered to express our thoughts about Vickie; however, the following was written by a Professional who had Vickie as a Client and I believe this to be the best summation:
Vickie was a member of RAVI long before I came along. She always introduced herself as the angel of the group and for some reason everyone always laughed?? She was such a positive person and always found the bright side of things. Even when things got hard, she always knew “The man above” was watching out for her and had her back.
She loved RAVI and she loved the group members. She loved Camp Dogwood and the VIP fishing tournament. She loved going on day trips with the group and made wonderful memories.
Vickie was a story teller. She loved talking about the good ole days at camp and how she scared away that man who was hitting on Ms. Gaynell when she told him she was her daughter. She said the man never said anything else to Ms. Gaynell at camp that summer. Vickie loved sitting on the porch in the rocking chair at camp and dosing off. She loved riding the pontoon boat on Lake Norman. She loved just sitting back and cutting up and laughing with the other group members on the screened in porch in the evenings at camp.
Vickie loved the VIP Fishing Tournament. She didn’t go for the fishing as much as she did for the company. She and Louise and others in the group would stay awake all hours of the night and be ready to get up and go the next morning like they’d gotten a full night’s sleep, knowing good and well they hadn’t. And don’t even think about going down to the lobby on the last night of the fishing tournament. That was “their time” and by invite only, and trust me the social workers WERE NOT invited. They’d stay up practically the whole night laughing and carrying on but they’d always be down in the lobby with their bags packed ready to go the next morning by 5:30-6:00. They never let sleep slow them down or get in the way of having a good time.
Vickie loved and spoke of Bert, she loved and spoke of Pig, she loved and spoke of Linda, and she loved and spoke of her Pastor as well. They were all good friends to her and she was grateful for each one of them. She loved and spoke of Dallas and she’d talk about how proud she was of him.
As for Vickie and Louise (or Thelma and Louise as I call them), they were inseparable when I came along. Where you saw one, you always saw the other. If one was stirring up trouble, the other one was right there with ‘em. Louise was like the sister Vickie never had. They were two peas in a pod from the very beginning.
Vickie will never be forgotten. She had a smile that lit up a room and a laugh that was contagious. She never did meet a stranger and always had a word of encouragement to share with others.
Vickie knew how to enjoy life and was content with what she had. She knew that life was more about the relationships we form rather than the things our money could buy. If there’s anything I’ve learned from Vickie E. Mabry over the past 11 years, it would be to live simply, care deeply, speak kindly, love generously, and leave the rest to God because He’s got your back.
Cassius, Charles, and I lost a Sister and it hurts, just as it does for the Aunts, Cousins, Friends, and Associates she leaves to cherish her memories.
COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures, the current weather and its uncertainty, dictates our decision for privacy in honoring her and to have a Celebration of Life Ceremony to be held on her Birthday, September 4, 2021, which would have been her 70th Birthday. The place and time will be announced later.
The Family sincerely appreciates the many condolences, well-wishes, and Prayers.
BE BLESSED. BE A BLESSING. BE SAFE.
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