Obituary for VICKERS

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday July 07, 2013

VICKERS, CONNIE JEAN passed away peacefully June 22, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home after a brave six-year battle with cancer. She was preceded in death recently by her father Loren Clair Armstrong and mother Grace Armstrong, and by her husband Mark Vickers. She is survived by her sons Benjamin and Michael Vickers; daughter Kristin Hebert; son-in-law Brandon Hebert; and precious granddaughter Lily Claire Hebert, with another grandbaby Remy Hebert on the way; her sister Kathryn Sutherlen; and nieces Rachel Bombardier and Jennifer Vega, and their families. Connie Jean Vickers (ne Armstrong) was born in Beatrice, Nebraska on Feb. 4, 1948. She attended school in Beatrice and in Albuquerque before attending the University of New Mexico, where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree in 1970. She began her teaching career in Clovis at Bella Vista Elem., and taught in Albuquerque at Bandelier Elementary (which she also attended as a girl). Her favorite teaching position was at Monterrey Elementary School in Roswell, where she taught first grade from 1996 to 2010. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and continued teaching while enduring harsh chemotherapy treatments. Connie wished to thank the staff of Kymera Cancer Center, especially Dr. Edgard Badine and the chemotherapy lab nurses Phil, Debra, Carrie, and Aleta; and Jennifer, the receptionist. She also wished to thank the staff of the University of New Mexico Cancer Center and the nurses and nurse techs from Gentiva Hospice. At Connie's request, no formal memorial service will be held. Connie's greatest joy was teaching first graders to read, and, instead of flowers, she asks that donations be made to the Roswell Literacy Council. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online registry book at andersonbethany.com. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.