Vickie Jan Arthur, 58, passed away of natural causes on June 27, 2021, at her home in LaBarge, WY. On September 9, 1962, Vickie was born in Evanston, WY, to James Hyrum and Flossie Mae Arthur. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 1980.
Vickie was a Jill of All Trades, working as a secretary, school bus driver, pad fabricator, EMT, running her own trucking company, and bartending. She especially enjoyed serving her friends at several establishments throughout Wyoming. She made everyone feel welcome and at ease with her loving and calm presence. She was like a second mom to many of her nieces and nephews when they were young and more like as sister and best friend as they grew up. She was always there in moments when someone needed love and extra care.
According to Vickie, her most significant achievement was bringing her beloved children into the world. Larry, Zane, and Savanna were the loves of her life. Payton, Chloie, Oakley, Hagen, Celeste and Onna were quickly followed by the same unwavering devotion. Being a mom and a grandma filled up Vickie’s heart. To her grandkids, she was called Gram Cookie. They were known to her as Payton, Demolition Annie, Boo, Wreck-it Ralph, Little Miss Sassy. They thought she was “awesome,” and they were so “grateful” for her being the best grandma every day and making them laugh.
Spending time in the great outdoors with her littles, family, and friends were among her greatest joys. She had fun playing Bingo and games on her phone (her kids secretly thought about sending her to gamer’s anonymous). Vickie also appreciated an eclectic variety of music. She liked to share it on the jukebox whenever anyone stopped in for a visit.
Even after losing her eldest son, Larry, she remained a beacon of light for others. She generally put everyone before herself, went without, and lent a hand whenever possible. She spent many years in Eden helping her dad fulfill his dream of owning a ranch and raising her kids. We never parted without a “Love You” and “You can’t leave without a hug.” Her kindness and ability to make you feel as though you belonged were her most admired traits. Here is some advice she lived by from a SUNFLOWER (her favorite): BE BRIGHT, SUNNY, and POSITIVE—spread seeds of happiness. RISE, SHINE, and Hold Your Head High. Vickie, we will miss you. Your wings were ready, but our hearts were not. The image of the joyful celebration of your reunion with Larry, Chris, and your Mom and Dad brings us peace.
Natalie shared Vickie’s love for unicorns, maybe it was a secret, but they had a mutual fondness for the idea of the magic, wildness, and ancient mystery they embodied. When Natalie sees a unicorn, she always thinks of Aunt Vickie. You might now too. The symbolism is appropriate because it reflects purity, grace, freedom, gentleness, innocence, magic, and divinity.
Vickie is survived by her son Zane Pittman of Rock Springs, WY, daughter Savanna (Jesse) Oglesby of Big Piney, WY, sisters Kathy Staley of Fort Bridger, WY, Nancy Condos, Kristie (Rocky) Gines, Jackie Brooks, and Peggy Arthur of Lyman, WY, brother Robbin (Jeannie) Arthur of Pinedale, WY, grandchildren Payton, Oakley, and Hagen Oglesby, Chloie Pittman and Onna Pittman as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her son Larry Pittman, nephew Christopher Condos, and parents James and Flossie Arthur.
The funeral service will be Monday, July 5, 2021, at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View, WY. Visitation will be on Monday before the service from 10:00-11:00 am. A luncheon will follow at 1:00 pm at the residence of Kristie and Rocky Gines, County Road 243 #500, Lyman, WY 82937.
In place of flowers, we send our gratitude in advance for your generosity in covering the remaining expenses by sending donations to the Bank of the West, in Rock Springs, WY in care of Vickie Arthur Memorial.