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Mass of Christian Burial honoring Victoria Gayle Noviski will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at the St. Henry Catholic Church in Owasso with Fr. Matt LaChance presiding. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow. A Rosary will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. The family will greet friends on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Victoria passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, Nov. 5, 2016 at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. She was born Dec. 20, 1997 in Jacksonville, Florida, the daughter of Michael and Jessica (Hayes) Noviski. Victoria's parents both served in the United States Navy. Her childhood homes included Jacksonville, Fla.; Yorktown, Va.; San Diego, Calif.; and eventually Claremore, Okla.
Victoria overcame many adversities during her lifetime. Nevertheless, she successfully graduated on time with the Claremore High School Class of 2016. She was very involved with the NJROTC throughout her high school tenure. When the family moved to Claremore, she was so excited when she was informed about the NJROTC program. The naval careers of her parents were very influential in shaping the successful person she had grown up to be.
Victoria was attending Northeast Technology Center with plans to attend Oral Roberts University. She had recently won an award for an essay she had written about her life which she recently presented at the Oral Roberts Student Weekend. Victoria had great plans to study Business Management and Hospital Administration. She was known to be a great kid and remained determined to succeed in life. Victoria loved to help people, she had a giving personality, and she wanted to pursue a career that involved serving others. This was demonstrated through her volunteer work at Hillcrest Hospital in Claremore, as well as her actions she exemplified every day.
Victoria was a good singer and loved all types of music, especially Elvis. The family recently had a memorable visit to Graceland. The Noviski's always had dogs which Victoria loved dearly, particularly their Pugs that always slept by her side. Victoria was also involved with various athletic activities such as cheerleading, gymnastics, softball, and shooting hoops. She was a big fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder with Kevin Durant serving as a great role model to her. Kevin said, "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard." Victoria loved this quote and it certainly influenced the story of her beautiful life.
Victoria is survived by her parents; her maternal grandparents: Shannon and Gayle Speir; paternal grandfather Edward Noviski; and her sisters Megan Alexis and Grace Anne Noviski. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother Patricia "Babci" Noviski.
In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions to the LeBonheur Children's Hospital 848 Adam's Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 www.lebonheur.org. You are invited to share memories of Victoria at www.ricefuneralservice.com.
Published on November 8, 2016
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