Services to honor and remember the life of Vicki Lynn (Peace) Johnson will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016, in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. She will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. Vicki's beloved family will receive visitors at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 5-7.
She passed away on Sunday, July 10 at her home away from home, the peaceful getaway at Three Forks Harbor in Muskogee. She was 58.
Born on May 10, 1958 in Tahlequah, Okla., Vicki was the daughter of Kenneth and Trudy (Nichols) Peace. Shortly after her birth the family made a move to Tulsa before settling into their home community of Claremore. Vicki attended Claremore schools until her graduation with the Claremore High School class of 1977.
During those high school years, Vicki enjoyed sharing her beautiful voice as a part of the school choir. Well thought of by her fellow choir members, she was honored as royalty throughout those high school years. It seems that Vicki was one to always have a song in her heart and could make a silly song that was inspired by just about any life circumstance. This was a fun trait she passed down to her eldest daughter, Heather.
Following her graduation, Vicki moved to Tulsa and began to work for Southwestern Bell. This job suited her perfectly, as she had a natural ability to recall numbers.
She married and in April of 1981, she became a proud mommy and her heart was overflowing with pride and joy. It seems that Vicki had a love for children since she was a child-discovered while she assisted her mother with in home childcare.
Then as Vicki became a single mother to her little girl, she chose again to make the familiar surroundings of Claremore home, working at Warehouse Market to provide. Again her gifting with numbers came in handy, as her cash drawer balanced perfectly at the end of each and every work day.
It was that job at Warehouse Market that also brought Vicki into what would become a lifelong commitment as she was introduced to a former school classmate that she really never knew well in school. She and Flint Johnson began a courtship that was only going to continue if little Heather approved. When Flint used his drafting skills to teach her how to draw a picture of a house, this four year old was impressed. When she received her pound puppy birthday present, she was completely won over. And on June 6, 1987, Vicki and Flint Johnson married in a Claremore wedding ceremony.
Flint forfeited his lucrative pending Pakistan job contract for something he knew was much better. And in February of 1989, Vicki was again blessed to become a mommy to her second daughter, Kristen.
Not only was Vicki a devoted mother to her own girls; but, she was also one who treasured all children. So her job in local school systems expanded her opportunity to dedicate even more time to children.
She was a teacher's assistant for many years. She also helped with the before and after school childcare program and in the summer breaks, provided in home childcare.
Still desiring to work near children, in her later career, she worked as a school administrative secretary at Justus School. When her own grandchildren came along, this loving "BamBam", affectionately named by her first grandchild, Aubrey, was fully devoted to the role. So much of the enrichment of Vicki's life was her ability to love and nurture children.
When she wasn't working or spending time with family, Vicki loved travels. She and Flint enjoyed countless adventures. They also loved spending time on their boat and the close friendships that brought. The Great Loop was a trip they were both looking forward to very soon.
A woman whose life was defined by her desire to be certain everyone's needs were met before her own, Vicki will be deeply missed. This devoted wife, mother, BamBam, daughter, sister and friend has enriched the lives of countless people. Those family members who survive are her husband, Flint of their home in Claremore; her daughters, Heather Fox and her husband Mike of Gentry, Ark. and Kristen Johnson of Claremore; grandchildren, Aubrey and Tyler Fox also of Gentry; mother, Trudy Peace and brother, Buddy Peace, father and mother-in-law, Harvey and Dolores Johnson all of Claremore and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Peace.
Published on July 12, 2016