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Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service

1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA

OBITUARY

Linda Jackson Vickers

September 15, 1944May 24, 2019
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Linda Jackson Vickers, 74, of Colonial Beach passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019. She was born on September 15, 1944 in Shreveport Louisiana, the youngest of 5 children to John Louis and Gladys Dayton Jackson. From her first day in kindergarten when her teacher retired because she could not handle teaching another Jackson sibling, Linda strove to be a perfect student. She attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where she was the first (and rumor has it, the only) person to earn dual Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Speech and Theatre. Somehow between her studies, she met the man whom she would eventually marry, even though neither knew it at the time. From there, she moved to Nacogdoches, Texas and began courses at Stephen F. Austin University and met her best and lifelong friend Susan Whidden. The two packed up and moved to Clarkesville, Tennessee when Linda was offered a job teaching speech, theatre, and debate at Austin Peay University. The two spent summers working Crystal Lake and earning spending money hustling pool from unsuspecting souls who didn’t think a girl could play. Needless to say, she always had a few spare dollars in her pocket.

In 1971, she accepted a 5th grade teaching position in King George County, Virginia. Vick, her soon-to-be husband followed her and they were married in June of 1972 and began building a loving family. She spent the majority of her career as a math teacher at King George High School. She was passionate about math and wanted all of her students to feel the same. She worked tirelessly to make sure her students felt loved and supported. She attended as many of their extracurricular activities as possible, especially loving the drama department and the wrestling team. The last few years of her career she worked to help every student in the county as the Mathematics Coordinator and the Division Director of Testing.

After her retirement in 2004, she continued working with math students and teachers across the state. She tutored former students and friends’ children, some of who had her on speed dial . She also worked as an adjunct professor for UVA, teaching courses for elementary math teachers. She cherished the friendships and support she received from the Vermillion Violets chapter of the Red Hats Society. They were instrumental in helping her though the loss of her husband in 2004. Linda was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. The enormity of her loss will be felt by all those she loved and those who loved her.

She is survived by her children, Heather Vickers and husband Michael Tomeo; Leslye Torkos and Robert Watson, Roy Jones and wife Tracey, and her grandchildren, Kirsten Torkos, Robert P. Watson, Jessica Williams, Brandon Tomeo, Daniel Desimone, and James McCurdy; her great grandchildren, JaiLynn Martin, Dawson Williams, Amy, Wyatt, Landon, Hunter, and Scarlettt Desimone; and her brothers, J.L. Jackson, Jr., Horace Jackson, and David Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Edward Vickers, Jr.; and her sister, Mary Jo Graham. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A funeral service will be held at 10 am on Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Historyland Memorial Park in King George. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Foundation or the National Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be sent at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 31, 2019

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Victoria Tanenbaum

June 2, 2019

PI R SQUARED, NOT ROUND

I will never forget Ms. Vickers. She was the only math teacher my MIT-educated father could even tolerate, and she had an amazing passion for her work and students. I remember being terrified because she made us show all our work in class, but it was important to ensure we really knew how to do the math correctly. She had standards. What a wonderful obituary, and I never knew she was a pool hustler!!! My love goes out to her closer friends and family, who must feel a tremendous loss -- she is not the kind of lady who is easily replaced in this world! So sorry for this loss. I will always remember her fondly.

Tonya McMillan Cruse

May 31, 2019

Quite The Lady was She 🙏
No matter the hour, no matter the day.
No matter the need, no matter the way.
No matter the skin color or the gender.
No matter the grade or the score.
We were accepted, we were respected.
We were received, usually buuelieved.
We were what mattered, No matter!
She was respected, She was well trusted.
She was a leader, She was a champion.
She made us-all champions.
Always time could be made and shared,
Always persevere, She’d say-it mattered.
Always give your best-that’s all we had.
Never Give up, never drop your head.
Never walk away without understanding.
Never be afraid to ask for help and
Never be too good to accept it.
Proud of us was She and said so often.
Proud to be who She was and where.
Proud to show us the way and insure it.
Gone yet Not to be forgotten
Gone yet a memory’s best reflection
Gone yet we can & we will see Her again
Salute Mrs. Vickers and Thank You
Farewell Mrs. Vickers
Carry on from above-our Champion
Thank You Mrs. Vickers for all You Gave
Thank You Mrs. Vickers for all You were
Godspeed Family of Hers and Goodwill
God Bless you each one-remember Her
well - without sorrows or sadness
God knows- She’s looking over you all
Honor Her - Quite The Lady was She.
So long our Teacher, our Friend
So long our mentor, our tutor - so long 🙏

Tonya McMillan Cruse
From all of us - “Your Champions”
KGHS Class of 1982
Godspeed

Tonya McMillan Cruse

May 31, 2019

Quite The Lady was She 🙏
No matter the hour, no matter the day.
No matter the need, no matter the way.
No matter the skin color or the gender.
No matter the grade or the score.
We were accepted, we were respected.
We were received, usually buuelieved.
We were what mattered, No matter!
She was respected, She was well trusted.
She was a leader, She was a champion.
She made us-all champions.
Always time could be made and shared,
Always persevere, She’d say-it mattered.
Always give your best-that’s all we had.
Never Give up, never drop your head.
Never walk away without understanding.
Never be afraid to ask for help and
Never be too good to accept it.
Proud of us was She and said so often.
Proud to be who She was and where.
Proud to show us the way and insure it.
Gone yet Not to be forgotten
Gone yet a memory’s best reflection
Gone yet we can & we will see Her again
Salute Mrs. Vickers and Thank You
Farewell Mrs. Vickers
Carry on from above-our Champion
Thank You Mrs. Vickers for all You Gave
Thank You Mrs. Vickers for all You were
Godspeed Family of Hers and Goodwill
God Bless you each one-remember Her
well - without sorrows or sadness
God knows- She’s looking over you all
Honor Her - Quite The Lady was She.
So long our Teacher, our Friend
So long our mentor, our tutor - so long 🙏

Tonya McMillan Cruse
From all of us - “Your Champions”
KGHS Class of 1982
Godspeed

Mary Anne Burnside

May 29, 2019

Linda was a warrior. I will miss her fierce spirit; and kind heart. I will miss her “cool” sense of humor. She held the bar high for us to emulate. She was a fun member of our Vermillion Violets Red Hat Chapter and did her best to attend each Gathering, even though she was struggling.
I will miss her but the chains are broken and she is free of pain.
See you on the other side, my friend.

Diane Odorisio

May 29, 2019

I met your mom twice Heather - at your bridal shower and at Disney for your wedding. She had a great sense of humor (she had to if she liked Mike!). She was probably one of the strongest women I have known. You would never have known all that she was going through, as she never for a moment let on that everything was taking a toll on her. She was so happy at your wedding - insisting on getting Megan a kurig because she didn't have any coffee in her room! She was hilarious on her scooter! She couldn't get up and dance, but she sure had a great time! She was always in good spirits and always a delight to be around! We are sorry we cannot be there with you in person, but we will be with you in spirit! So glad we got to meet her! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time!

Abbey Saft

May 28, 2019

Mrs. Vickers was an excellent teacher and always had the best attitude dealing with her students. I remember she also always helped out with projects and her beautiful calligraphy. I still remember one of her sayings: "I hope on God's green earth to never kiss a pig!"
Very thankful for her dedication to her students and impact on so many that passed the halls of KGHS.

Laurie townsend

May 28, 2019

I had the pleasure of having Mrs Vickers as a teacher in school she was a wonderful lady. She was always happy and taught her students well you will be dearly missed but God has called you home to your eternal resting place.

Allison Hayden

May 28, 2019

Roy & Tracy,

I didn't have the honor of meeting Mrs. Vickers but have heard so much good about her. She was truly a very special person in Todd's life. Our deepest prayers for you and the family.

Allison & Todd Hayden

Carol Sparbel

May 28, 2019

Dear ones,
Your loved one and I recently spent several weeks together at a Rehab facility. It was a "God thing" for both of us. We were able to reminisce, and share current family "doings". Linda shared that her condition was one that would be the transition for her from earth to heaven. I told her at that time, that I would be sharing the following with you all. Many years ago, my daddy taught me that if we keep the happy memories of our loved ones alive and close in our heart, they can never really leave us. I have tested that many times over the years and found it to be true. I am sure you have thousands of happy times to remember. Share them with each other and know that Linda is close in spirit. I am praying for strength, joy and peace for everyone in your family. Much Love, carol sparbel ;-)

Susan Courtney

May 27, 2019

Mrs. Vickers was my 10th grade geometry teacher and I remember her fondly. Math was a struggle for me but she helped me to succeed. I have never forgotten her.

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