Mildred Vickery

November 3, 1918 — April 10, 2017

Mildred Vickery

Mildred passed away at the Uintah Care Center on April 10th. She was born in Japton County Arkansas, the only daughter of Tony Britton McChristian and Elizabeth Vanderpool McChristian her only brother Troy was born 2 years later. Mildred was a child and teen of the great depression in Oklahoma. She was raised by loving parents that had very little as far as possessions but were rich in love, family and faith. As an 8 year old child, she picked cotton till her fingers bled, putting it in a flour sack to earn money for a few store bought clothes and shoes to wear. The rest of her clothing was homemade by her mom, made out of cotton printed flour sacks. She learned from her mother to design and sew almost all her clothes. She continued on with the love of sewing with her children making their clothes even very fancy prom clothes for both her sons and daughters. Mildred married Loyd H. Vickery, Oct. 12th 1940 in Crowder, Oklahoma. They spent the first few years of marriage in Oklahoma, where their two children Walter and Velma were born. Mildred spending 3 years of that time with her parents while Loyd served in the Army and front lines, in WW 2. During those War years she was able to save enough money out of Loyd's pay, and her picking cotton with her father to buy a 160 acre farm in Arkansas where they moved to after he was discharged. Their 2 younger children Brenda and Roy were born there. Mildred was a hard worker and every year raised a huge garden that she tended with love and care, harvesting and canning her family's food supply. Of course she was a wonderful cook and made the best homemade cream pies. They were so good, the kitchen helpers at gatherings or other events, would save some of her pie back for themselves to have. She loved to fish with the family and did so into her early 90's. If someone had a hot spot catching fish, she would wind up sneaking her line over into that spot so she could get her share of the fish. Being with family, having Sunday dinners after Church, playing games were special times for her, especially if she was winning the games. Those family gatherings were special to her, she loved giving hugs and getting hugs from everyone, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a wonderful example to her family and friends for her kindness, faith, love of God and reading the Bible. She was a member of 1st Baptist Church of Vernal. Her beautiful smile to the very end could light up the room and your heart. Mildred is survived by her son Walter Vickery, daughters Velma Thompson, Brenda (J.W.) Nold, all of Vernal, daugher-in-law Donna Vickery, Lewisville Texas. 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren. She is proceeded in death by her husband Loyd, her mother and father, brother Troy McChristian, son Roy G. Vickery, son-in-law Clyde Thompson, daughter-in-law Sandra, Great grandson Bobby (Sonny) Willis. Funeral services conducted on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing 1 hour prior to services under the direction of Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Burial at Vernal Memorial Cemetary on April 15th.
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