Vicki Ann Bell
March 16, 1951 – October 4, 2021
Vicki Ann Bell, beloved Sister and friend, departed this life October 4th, 2021. Survived by her brother, David Bell of Huntsville, Alabama, several aunts, uncles, cousins and countless dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Lucian Bell and mother, Bette H. Bell Pena of Huntsville.
Vicki was born in Florida but moved to Huntsville in 1955 when her father joined Von Braun’s rocket team. Soon afterwards her family purchased a house on Monte Sano, where she spent a magical childhood climbing trees, riding horses at the State Park, wandering the woods with her beloved Collie dog, Penny, and making pets out of chipmunks and snakes (much to the chagrin of her mother). She was a 1969 graduate of Lee High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and her Juris Doctor from Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova University in 1990. She practiced law in Huntsville, Alabama.
Vicki was an accomplished equestrian, having owned horses since she was 16. She participated in dressage competitions while living in South Florida and riding with both the Mells and Mooreland Hunts upon returning to Huntsville. Vicki loved animals, especially her Danes. She volunteered with Huntsville Animal Services and was active in wildlife rescue. If you visited her when she had the rescue squirrels out to play, you would likely end up with one climbing up your leg or sitting on your head.
Vicki was a watercolor artist of talent. She played the piano as a teenager and then took up the guitar. There was no challenge that Vicki couldn’t master, if she put her mind to it. An avid reader, history and fiction being among her favorites. A lover of music, from opera to the Allman Brothers Band. She also loved poetry and could quote the poems of Robert Service or Caroline Norton’s “The Arab’s Farewell to his Steed”.
Vicki was always adventurous. Her past travels took her to Egypt, Mexico, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. Following her riding days, she took up sailing with her boat The Cardiff Rose (based upon the Roger McGuinn song “Jolly Roger”). She enjoyed the sailing community of the Lake Guntersville Sailing Club. Her ultimate goal was to have sailed her boat down the Tenn-Tom and into the Caribbean and from there, whereever the wind took her.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 11:00 am, October 22nd at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Huntsville Animal Services or your local wildlife rescue organization. Or heck, go on an adventure, do something out of your comfort zone… and think of her. As she would often quote from one of the favorite books; “Time Enough For Love”, by Robert Heinlein, “Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. moderation is for monks.”
No service are scheduled at this time.
Vicki Ann Bell
October 19, 2021
I lived just a few houses away from Vicki on Crescent Circle and we were best buddies from age 5 to our early teen years. I helped her catch those chipmunks (wow was she brave, and we got our fingers bit a few times!) and many snakes (to the chagrin of my mom as well!) I remember when our favorite box turtle, Old Red, left for the winter, Vicki was grief stricken. When he showed up again in the spring, we were elated! The forests and wild residents of Monte Sano were our magical kingdom and delight.
It was clear from an early age that Vicki was one powerful, passionate, courageous human. There simply was no bridling of that energy possible. I have always admired gutsiness and enthusiasm, and Vicki modeled that lust for life to the max. She was one of my earliest inspirations and no doubt shaped who I am today.
Vicki Bell, I lift a glass to you, you feisty soul! Rest in peace, and may your journey and transition be magical too. My loving thoughts to David and her close friends.
October 18, 2021
Vicki was one of the best friends anyone could have. Smart, funny, caring and giving. I have so many good memories of her, usually accompanied by Merlin. Taken from us too soon. I'll miss you, Vicki.
October 12, 2021
Vicki was part of my childhood from elementary school through high school. She was also a neighbor who lived around the corner and a fellow Girl Scout. I don't think she ever knew how she impacted my life, but she taught me through how she lived that it was okay to follow a little different trail and still live life to its fullest. Vicki was a tomboy in her youth and it was common to see her with her faithful collie wandering the woods. She was not afraid to be alone and enjoy the world around her. She did not fall into the usual profile of a girl in those times. One summer she appeared at the community pool and she had come out of her cocoon and sprouted wings to become a lovely teen woman. In later years I followed her on social media and was pleased to see that she had entered the law field and was a passionate sailor. Somehow it suited her. I am sorry that she is no longer gracing this world. My deepest condolences to those who were family and friends. She will live on in your memories.
October 11, 2021
May the family find peace in the knowledge that she will be missed by those that had the privilege of knowing her.
October 11, 2021
I am saddened to hear of Vicki's passing. When I was a wet behind the ears lawyer, she was willing to answer questions that I had for her. She and I also had a couple of cases against each other. Through it all, I always appreciated her help to me in learning this business and her sense of professionalism and friendship when we had a case opposing one another. The legal profession lost a dear friend in Vicki's passing.
October 8, 2021
Vicky lit up a room with her red hair and smile. I will never forget her kindness and sharp wit. Always elegant and down to earth, a classy lady and kaffeklatsch original.
October 7, 2021
Vicki was full of life! She loved raising the wildlife as a wildlife rehabber. Vicki was a kind soul, always willing to lend a hand. You will be missed!
October 7, 2021
Vicki was remarkable. She always, always lived life to the fullest. She followed her passions and was always a joy to be with. Such grand times sailing. I remember the very first time out; we were well underway and flying along and she said "I'll put on some music."
I'm thinking "uh-oh, what'll this be?" But here's Pavarotti in full voice perfectly matching the exalted and exuberant day. Wow.
Also: Sitting in the stern, or on my patio, usually at sunset, philosophizing on everything from relationships to plants and animals and everything in between. Racing our cars, tops down, back from the harbor. Rare and unique, and just flat out fun, you'll be missed, precious friend. And your amazing spirit will always be with us.
October 6, 2021
She was one of the most decent kindest and most loving people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. To know her was to love her. She may be gone but she will live on in a special place in my heart. The world lost a great person when she left it and I will be forever honored and grateful that she called me a friend. She will be missed by me until the day my time comes to leave.
October 6, 2021
Farewell Vickie. The little Squirrels will miss you so much. Vickie was a longtime Wildlife Rehaber and will be missed by so many in our Rehabers Community..
October 6, 2021
So sad to hear that Vicki has sailed away. You were a great crew onboard Barefoot in last years Great River Race. You will be missed. Condolences to all you family and friends.