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