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March 25, 2014
Lucky to have been, to be, one of Vicki's 'anciens eleves', as she introduced me to her francophone mates -- she gladly shared. And she had so very much to share!

A born teacher, she was. I miss her.

We sleep under her quilt now. It's a happy remembrance.
February 01, 2014
It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Vicki. My family and I met Vicki in Chinon France in the early 80's. We initially met at Church and became friends. She was a unique person, full of energy and we all loved to listen to her telling us the numerous experiences she encountered in her life. We loved her house in Chinon and were amazed of what she did with it. Seeing somebody from another country so dedicated in what she was doing locally made us realized how special Vicki was.
It has been over 20 years since we last saw Vicki and I have learned of her passing through the internet.
Our thought and prayer go to her. May she be, now, walking with God.
Jean-Yves, Yves, Michele Chretien
January 01, 2014
At this festive time and looking forward to the new year
When we've wished everyone health and good cheer
Adorned the trees with lights and sent cards and spread goodwill
With stockings emptied and presents gratefully received
I will take the time to fondly remember my pen friend from across the sea
For no more will I receive my much awaited news
from my dear pen friend, Vicki.
May you rest in peace
Sylvia
September 02, 2013
We were so saddened to learn today about Vicki from our friend Fred Crumrine, who read about her death in the Westonian. She was a wonderful friend, larger than life, and an irrepressibly generous hostess. We were privileged to be guests for two long visits at her beautiful ancient home in Chinon, France -- once in 1982 when we stayed for a week at the tail end of a two-month-long bike trip, and again in 1987 when we returned with our one-year-old son, Nathaniel who was just learning to speak and who called her “Bookie.”

She loved having us there, told us so often, and we loved being her guests. She had an acerbic wit, a contagious laugh, and a deep love of all things French, which we shared. How many joyful evenings we spent with her and her cadre of French friends, laughing at the absurdities of life, the absurdities of people, and the absurdities of ourselves.

A classic Vicki anecdote just popped into mind: When we told her we couldn't come to France in 1986 when Judy was pregnant with Nathaniel, she quipped, “What are you going to name the baby? ‘Instead of Chinon?'” We howled at that, and brought Nathaniel to France as soon as we could.

Cat lovers ourselves, we exchanged news with Vicki about our various feline friends over the years in our annual Christmas letters (Vicki's were always a literary masterpiece), and she was pleased to learn that our daughter, Carrie, has been adept at getting us to adopt strays (two furs in residence at the moment).

We last visited her in Hingham when we were in the Boston area in 2010, and she gave us a tour of her latest architectural forays and the farm. Her spirit was as vibrant and engaging as ever.

Our lives have been truly enriched for having known and loved this extraordinary woman. Her intelligence, love, and deeply multi-cultural perspective were potent antidotes to cynicism and detachment. We will carry her spirit with us, along with countless treasured memories of our times in France when she took us under her wing and shared with us a world we couldn't have even imagined.

Judy and Denis Nicholson Asselin
July 03, 2013
I met Vicky in Rome, Italy in 1974 at St. Paul's Within-the-Walls. I was first a professional soprano in the choir, and later became Secretary in the Church Office. Vicky was an active member of our merry band of ex-pats from all over the world. I apartment sat for her one Christmas holiday, and left her apt. keys in a taxi -- she was not a happy camper (neither was I). Complicated new locks, etc., etc. I lost touch with her when she moved to France. BUT!!! About three years ago, when I learned she'd moved to Hingham, MA --just up the road from where I grew up in Scituate, MA, we re-connected. I took her to lunch one wintry afternoon while I was visiting my mother, and also visited her at her beautiful home. I watched her meditation garden come into being, as well as her smashing iron-gate, for which she, herself laid the cement. Vicky is a power of example in my life -- she absolutely faced life head-on and always with a dry wit that never quit. I am sorry to learn, so belatedly, that she has left this dimension -- I had hoped to see her again this summer. Godspeed, Vicky!!!

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