Florence Merlene Vickers (94) passed away Friday, May 12, 2023, in San Angelo, TX.
Merlene was born May 18, 1928 in El Campo, Texas to Glenn Ivan and Florence Ruby Banfield. She graduated from El Campo High School in 1945 and then moved to San Angelo to attend the Shannon School of Nursing.
In 1946 she was introduced to Gene Vickers. They were married August 21, 1946 and enjoyed 73 years together prior to his passing in 2019. They made San Angelo their home and for the majority of the time she was a homemaker. She was an excellent cook and skilled seamstress. She sewed and knitted many garments for her children. She accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age and was a faithful servant. She taught adult Sunday School at Lake View Christian Church for many years as well as held numerous leadership positions and sang in the choir. After the children graduated, she worked at the Credit Bureau of San Angelo until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and their activities.
With a sweet spirit and gentle nature, she was a positive inspiration to all who knew her.
Merlene was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She is survived by her brother; Ivan Banfield (Jean) of Denison, children; Sandy McCracken(Tiger) of San Angelo, Tom Vickers(Jennifer) of Brownwood, grandchildren; Whitney Vinson(Orrin) of Water Valley, Blake McCracken of Ridgecrest, CA, Bryce Vickers(Sharon) of Lubbock, and Kirk Vickers of Lewisville, and great grandchild John Oliver Vinson of Water Valley, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family extends gratitude to Veronica Martinez for countless hours of loving, untiring care provided for Merlene over many years. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Carl Anderton for his many years of dedicated care.
There will be an open viewing on Monday, May 15, 2023, from 8:00am-7:00pm, at Harper Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo, on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 11:00am, with Pastor Bobby Roger officiating.
Memorials to West Texas Rehab and Meals for the Elderly are suggested by the family.