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Kate Parker Vickers

TICONDEROGA Kate Parker Vickers died Dec. 18, 2007, at Heritage Commons Nursing Home, Ticonderoga, where she had been a patient since Dec. 7th. Kate was born in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 30, 1916, the youngest of four children of Dr. Ralph Parker and wife Ethel (Ranney) Parker. Kate graduated from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill., with a bachelor of arts degree. She was president of her sorority in her senior year, a member of the drama club and the Homecoming Court. It was at Monmouth College that she met and became engaged to her future husband, Stanley C. Vickers and they observed their 68th wedding anniversary Dec 2nd. After her four children had left home, Kate was employed by the American Cancer Society as director for Essex County until she retired in 1978. Later she did temporary work for New York health organizations and U.S. Census Bureau. Kate was an excellent golfer and scored a hole in one at the Ticonderoga Country Club. A member of high school and college swim teams, she continued to enjoy that activity at her Black Point Road home for over 60 years. For many years, she was a volunteer at Moses-Ludington Hospital and received a plaque in 1990 as Auxilian of the Year. She was a former member of the PTA and the Friends of the Black Watch Library and served on a committee planning improvements to Ticonderoga High School. She was also a member of the New Horizons Club. Beloved by her family and friends, she is survived by her husband, Stanley C. Vickers; and their children, Carol Hovland of Petersburg, N.Y., Jill Vickers Charboneau of Bridport, Vt., Amy Shawver of Petersburg, N.Y., and Dean Vickers of Corvallis, Ore., together with their husbands and wife; plus seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Kate was predeceased by one grandchild. All of her children were with Kate at her recent 91st birthday party, when she met and held her great-grandchild for the first time. Kate's body was donated to Albany Medical Center. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Any contributions in Kate's memory can be made to High Peaks Hospice, P.O. Box 840, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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