Wife, Mother, Friend
Vickie Renee (Newman) Webb passed peacefully from this world on February 17, 2017 at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK following a valiant battle as an LVAD patient awaiting a heart transplant. She recently celebrated her 56th birthday with her best friend and devoted husband of over 36 years, John "Harpo" Webb of Wagoner, OK by her side, as always.
Vickie was born on February 4, 1961 in her father Bill Newman's hometown Pawhuska, OK and raised primarily in her mother Myra (Rawling) Shea's hometown Colonial Beach, VA. Vickie attended Colonial Beach schools through high school. At just over 40 students, she was part of the largest class Colonial Beach had seen. A small town on the Potomac River, Vickie grew-up swimming, hanging out on the boardwalk, and performing in parades as a majorette. She developed a love of bingo, The Price is Right, and The Lawrence Welk Show from her grandmother Frances (Jenkins) Rawlings. It was a full house with her grandma, mom, four younger siblings, Billy, Michael, Debbie, and Kenny, and their beloved pets. As a teenager, Vickie's family moved to the Sunshine State, where she fell even deeper in love with the beach and started a life long hobby watching the space shuttles at Kennedy Space Center. She graduated from Titusville High School in Titusville, FL, Class of 1979.
Vickie was fortunate finding her love early in her life, driving a muscle car outside Sandwich Shack in Wagoner, OK. Eventually she learned his name is not just "Harpo" (nicknamed after the Marx brother). John "Harpo" Webb followed her back to the beach in Florida. Resembling a teenage Sally Field and Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit they crossed country once again, returning to Oklahoma. Vickie and John were married on September 5, 1980.
They soon had two children, Jennifer and Matthew, raising them along with their home full of pets in Wagoner, OK and then the Yulee-Fernandina Beach, FL area. Vickie with her family moved to Yulee, FL in 1988 when it was a one traffic light crossroads that still had many dirt roads, a full service gas station, a motor court motel, and not much else. Vickie loved the natural beauty of the coast. Even as the rest of the area developed, secluded Big Talbot Island State Park was always one of Vickie's unspoiled favorite places. Although most relatives were far away, Vickie was happy to have a full house when her nephew Billy Newman and nieces Crystal (Newman) Pratt and Amanda (Newman) Adams lived near. Her children are eternally grateful for instilling a love of animals in them. Her children's friends and significant others remember her fondly for always having an open door to them.
Vickie was a writer and storyteller at heart, particularly enjoying both children's poetry and ghost stories. Pursuing her interests in design and publishing, Vickie earned her Certificate in Printing and Graphic Arts from Florida State College at Jacksonville in 1994. Many of her evenings were happily devoted to volunteering with Yulee Little League and YMCA Youth Basketball and, later on, with the Nassau County, FL Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Vickie was at home by the water wherever she lived, swimming, fishing, and beachcombing for hours and hours and days on end. She enjoyed road trips, car shows, stock car racing, gardening, and making crafts. She believed in love, peace, second chances, happy accidents, and the good in people.
After over 20 years in Florida, Vickie moved with John to Oklahoma City and then Wagoner, OK wanting to be close to her late mother-in-law Coralee (Dumond) Webb, father-in-law Jim Webb, and brother-in-law Jimmy. Sequoyah State Park, the Illinois River near Tahlequah, and Route 66 were some of Vickie's favorite places in Oklahoma. Over the past year Vickie enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making a couple of new ones and road trips to see family in Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, and Florida. Vickie and John were over-the-moon to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary with a long-distance visit from their granddaughter Shyanne Alexzandra "ShyBear" "Webbie" Webb and a day at Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah, OK.
Because of her LVAD heart pump, Vickie was affectionately known as The Bionic Woman to her family. Thanks to the LVAD, Cardiac Care team, Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation team, and the entire support staff and cafeteria at Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Dr. Reji Pappy at St. Anthony's Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Justin Kurtz, CRT of Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation, Wagoner, OK, the Affordable Care Act, and Super Hero Husband Harpo, Vickie lived a fulfilling three years after a diagnosis of chronic heart failure.
Per her and her family's wishes, Vickie's body has been donated to the United Tissue Network (unitedtissue.org). The family requests in lieu of flowers that you give the gift of life by donating blood and consider organ donation. You may learn more at americantransplantfoundation.org and unitedtissue.org.
Vickie leaves behind her husband John Webb of Wagoner, OK, their two adult children Jennifer (Webb) Gapetz and her husband Joshua of Lawrence, KS and New York, NY and Matthew Webb and daughter-in-law Shannon Solomon of Miami, FL, her young granddaughter, her sunshine, Shyanne Webb also of Miami, and all of their pet family, dear friends Maggie Tienter of College Station, TX, Ron Morgan of Oklahoma City, OK, and Terry and Cheryl Newman of Skiatook, OK, mother Myra (Rawlings) Shea of Waldorf, MD, father-in-law Jim Webb of Wagoner, OK, her four siblings Billy Newman of Fernandina Beach, FL, Michael Newman of Waldorf, MD, Debbie (Newman) Hatton of Waldorf, MD, Kenny Newman of King George, VA and their families, and many cousins, relatives, steps, in-laws, friends, and neighbors. Vickie was preceded in death by her mother-in-law Coralee Webb of Wagoner, OK, step-father John Shea of Waldorf, MD, and father Bill Newman of Wagoner, OK. Arrangements by Hersman-Nichols Funeral Home, Wagoner, OK and Corbett Funeral Services, Norman, OK. Vickie, we love you. "Happy trails to you, until we meet again."
Published on February 22, 2017