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Vicki Collette Gritters

17 August, 194314 October, 2020

Vicki Collette Gritters peacefully passed on the evening of October 14, 2020 at her home in Denver, Colorado. She is survived by her husband of 59 years Harry Donald Gritters of Denver, Colorado and sons Donald Gritters (Margaret) of Denver, Colorado and Edward Gritters (Karie) of Colorado Springs, Colorado along with six grandchildren Jason (Erika) Gritters, Kevin (Andrea) Gritters, Katie (Keith) Birlson, all from Denver, Colorado, Kacey Gritters from New York, NY, Molly (Jordan) Eyer and Emily Gritters from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by three great grandchildren, Landon and Holden Gritters (Jason and Erika) and Holly Gritters (Kevin and Andrea), plus future baby boy Eyer due in January (Jordan and Molly).

Vicki married her high school love in 1961 and was blessed with a marriage of 59 years. Don and Vicki had two boys while living in Illinois and moved to Colorado in 1972. In 1994 they embarked on a move to Del Rio, Texas where they made a wonderful life for over 6 years before returning to Colorado to be with family and enjoy retirement.

While professionally she was very proud of her work as a dental assistant and later in HR for Purotator Armored Car, her passion in life, without a doubt, was her family. Be it as a young wife and mother, moving a family to a new city, or watching the next generation arrive, she always delivered positive and loving care to the family. One of her greatest joys was watching her grandchildren grow. Each knew their Grandma was there as a permanent cheerleader for whatever they endeavored. She affectionately coined her grandkids the “Gritters Critters” and frequently taught simple yet valuable lessons. Hosting Sunday pot roast lunch for the entire family is not only a memory that will last forever but a pillar of which her close and loving family was built upon.

The noble story of Vicki reveals itself through all of her service in churches, volunteer organizations, neighborhood groups, and other fellowship events. She had a welcoming heart and willingness to give – this fit perfectly for serving and fellowshipping which she routinely did. She was always ready to bring a meal to an event, spread the word about something, or simply show compassion to anyone that attended the gathering. Whether it was with her original church family from Trinity (relationships that lasted decades), serving as a Deacon, a member of St. Andrews Church, Neighborhood Watch, National Night Out, Chalet’s, Father Ed Judy House, etc. she made Denver a better place to live. Being in Del Rio proved no different, she got involved with Maquila Wives, Chamber of Commerce, Welcome Tours and even operated the juice and candy service at the hospital. She truly loved being part of an organization and spending time around people!

Condolences are being directed to Don and Margaret’s house at 5724 S. Everett Way, Littleton, CO 80123 and any phone calls are welcomed to both Don and Ed at 303-748-1304, 719-244-2181 or ed.gritters@gmail.com

Let us all learn from Vicki’s example by reflecting on the importance of being an active member of a community through volunteerism and fellowship, as well as being a loving supporter of everyone in your family...no matter what.

Please join the family for a virtual celebration of Vicki's life on Oct 22, 2020 at 11:00am Mountain Time via Zoom, at the following link : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85422130020

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Elizabeth Ward

27 October 2020

Vicki worked with my dad, Frank Burt, at Purolater Armored. He thought so highly of Vicki and enjoyed the years they worked together. She and Don formed a lasting friendship with my parents. They had continued to keep in touch (my mom passed away last year) and my dad was sorry to hear the news of Vicki’s passing.

Deb Gritters

22 October 2020

Hearing the news of Aunt Vicki passing came as a shock. Even now I struggle to find the words to express my sorrow. My memories of Aunt Vicki always bring a smile to my face. I will always remember laughing with her and everytime I pass by chocolate chip cookies I will think of her. I am ever grateful for the time we shared, how she touched my life, and the opportunity to reconnect with her a few years ago. I wish I could ease your grief but know that you all are in my thoughts and I send my love.
With a heavy heart,
Deb Gritters

Kathy De Young

21 October 2020

Aunt Vicki was always full of energy with a big smile and twinkle in her eye. She was quick to inquire about others and their needs and eager to help in any way she could.

I will always treasure how she called me “Kathy Lynn” and how much she enjoyed commenting on the Facebook posts of family and friends. It was important to her to stay in touch as she loved fellowship!

We will miss her but rest in the assurance she is with her a Lord and Savior enjoying the Christian fellowship in heaven for eternity.

We extend our love and prayers for God’s comfort to her family. ❤️

Susan Orzechowski

21 October 2020

To my Godmother , who I always called my Aunt Vicky, she spent her whole life concerned about other people always putting everyone before herself. God truly received a beautiful Angel. You will be missed dearly! Love Always, Susan

Mary Habenicht

21 October 2020

To my dearest and one of my oldest friends to The 60 years that we have spent as friends I can’t even begin to go into detail as to how many wonderful memories we have shared together. I will truly miss all of our late-night talks and speaking to you almost every other day I will miss every conversation and every moment that we have had together. I want everyone to know how much she loved her children grandchildren and great grandchildren and their spouses every time we talked she spoke very highly of all of them. She spent many hours volunteering for many different organizations always trying to find a way to help other people . Forever your friend love and blessings Mary Habenicht

Lorraine Williams

20 October 2020

What a special lady! I met Vicki in Del Rio and we had such fun together. Vicki worked tirelessly with the VVRMC auxiliary, maquila wives, and her beloved Bunko group. If there was an event happening in Del Rio Vicki knew about it, and most likely was on the planning committee. Vickie greatest gift was that of “ hospitality” and she made it look simple. She loved Del Rio, but she loved her family more. It was a sad day for me when she announced she and Don would be returning to Colorado to be closer to her kids and grandkids.
You have my sincere sympathy, Don.
Rest In Peace dear friend.


Ruth Huizingh

18 October 2020

I always think of Vicki as our "activity director". She loved organizing events like trips to the park when we all had small children, luncheons, birthday parties, and teas.
She was a good friend, and she will be missed very much.

Kristin Olson

18 October 2020

I knew Vicki through St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denver, CO, for several years when she returned to the Colorado area. Vicki always brought such spunk and excitement to events she helped with to host for the church and larger southwest Denver area, along with compassion to those in need. It's funny but one of the best memories I have of Vicki is when we had a Tupperware party at the church...there were so many special little details that she thought about to make the event even more memorable and fun. She was so positive and simply made you feel good being in her presence. I will miss her and send my prayers to her hubby and family during this time of loss.

Cinde Hamilton

18 October 2020

When I first came to St. Andrew, Vicki went out of her way to chat with me and made me feel comfortable. She was so much a part of the wonderful group we call St. Andrew. I'm glad I got the chance to know her. She will be missed.

Anna Drydale

18 October 2020

I remember us going to the theater house to watch musical also playing Bunco at her house in Del Rio and working together at Val Verdi hospital, we had lots of fun together.

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