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Vickie Rae Houghton

Vickie Rae Houghton, 65 of Chandler, AZ passed away August 13th, 2022, at the Dobson Home-Hospice of the Valley. Vickie was born June 7th, 1957, to Doug & LaRaine Houghton. She graduated from Ellendale High School in 1975. Vickie went on to graduate in 1977 from North Dakota State of Science in Wahpeton, ND with an associate degree in medical secretary. She later went to further her education by attending night classes, while working full time and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with Bachelor’s of Science degree in business management in 1992.

Vickie met her husband Jim in August 1997. On January 27, 2000, they were married in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. After marriage, Vickie took a job transfer in 2002 to AZ, where they resided in Chandler, AZ. She retired June 3rd, 2022, as a patient care coordinator at Aveana Medical Solutions, where she worked for 10 years.

Vickie was a member of the GFWC Las Nochas Womens Club. She served as secretary, 2nd vice president, 1st vice president, and club president from 2020-2022. She loved the fund-raising events and attending conventions. She was the Arizona Leadership representative at the 2015 GFWC International Convention in Memphis, TN. She loved her charity work, especially projects that improved the quality of life for women in domestic violence shelters and women military veterans. She loved meeting and working with people. She was always willing to lend a hand.

Vickie was looking forward to retirement, but her life was suddenly cut short. While on a river boat cruise in Europe, she got sick and eventually was brought home by air ambulance to Phoenix, to Barrows Neurological Institute, where she was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma brain tumor. She fought the hard fight, but lost in the end. She loved traveling with Jim to different parts of the country and the world. She loved reading books, playing cards with her family, especially with her mom, spending time with family, friends, and her two cats, Chaz & Cooper. She really loved the holidays. She had a quick wit, great sense of humor and a smile that would brighten anybody’s day.

Grateful to have shared her life: her husband Jim, Chandler AZ, her brother Brent (Marlene) Houghton Ellendale ND, sister Hope Houghton, Ellendale ND, sister Susan (Mark) Gruebele, Eureka SD. She is survived by nieces & nephews, and great nieces & nephews.

Vickie was preceded in death by her parents Doug & LaRaine Houghton, and infant sister Lori Kay.


Donations to your favorite charity in Vickie’s name is appreciated. She donated to MS-National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and I’m sure after her diagnosis, she would be donating to the Barrows Neurological Foundation IBTC. 2910 North 3rd Ave.

For Glioblastoma Brain Tumor Research.

There will be a Celebration of Life on September 17th, 2022, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Harvest Inn in Ellendale, ND. 605 1st Ave. South. Ellendale, ND 58436

There will also be a Celebration of Life on October 9th, 2022, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Phoenix, AZ at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center:

5001 E Cheyenne Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85044


  • Glenda Caldwell Posted September 1, 2022 5:01 PM

    May your joyous memories continue to be a blessing…

  • Judy Sanders Posted September 1, 2022 9:11 PM

    Vickie was a precious person. It was my pleasure to work with her in Sheridan Wyoming many years ago.. I always looked forward to her Christmas letters and wished there had been a time we caught up in person. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends. She leaves a beautiful legacy of love and friendship to all who knew her.

  • Murhel Carlson Posted September 2, 2022 6:20 PM

    Vickie Rae had a very beautiful beaming personality and I was honored to be able to have her as a student in my fourth grade class. So sorry to hear that she passed away and my condolences to her family. May the Lord give you comfort and peace.
    M Carlson Ellendale, ND

  • Geri Kendrick Posted September 6, 2022 10:57 AM

    Vickie took a chance on me years ago and hired me to work for her at Banner Home Care in Mesa, AZ. We became fast friends; I loved her happy and positive attitude always. She was a wonderful friend that I love very much. My heart is breaking for everyone else that loved her. She and Jim are among some of the nicest people I have ever met. I hope we can all get through this tragedy knowing that someone so truly loved can never really be lost. May God bless you my sweet friend until we meet again…

  • Patricia Morgan Posted September 8, 2022 6:55 PM

    Jim, Im so sorry for the loss of your lovely wife. I’m so glad that I was able to meet Vickie and you and share our beautiful cruise on the Danube River. I will forever remember Vickie’s sweet smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Cindy Bostinelos Posted September 8, 2022 7:00 PM

    We met Vickie & Jim on the trip abroad – Danube River cruise. Even though Vickie was not feeling well, she rallied and took part in as much of the activities as she could. My husband, Steve, and I spent a very nice dinner with Jim and her and enjoyed our conversation. It was a shock to hear about her diagnosis and early passing. Our sincere condolences to her family and Jim’s.

  • Marilyn and Mike Popish Posted September 9, 2022 8:18 AM

    My husband Mike and I enjoyed meeting Jim and Vickie on our Danube cruise and are saddened by her illness and passing. Condolences to Jim and all of your friends and family and hoping your happy memories help ease your pain.

  • Faith Knight Posted September 9, 2022 11:42 AM

    I met Jim and Vickie on our Danube River cruise and shared some wonderful moments over dinner. It was fun to explore our North Dakota and Fargo connections. I was touched by the devotion and love they shared. Vickie will be missed by all of our travel group. My thoughts and prayers are with all who loved her.

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