Aug. 29, 1953 - Jan. 13, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Vicki Jane Banta was born August 29, 1953 to Lillie Anne Whittaker (Vrana) and Robert Joshua Whittaker. She was born in OKC, OK. She attended Southern Nazarene University and University of Central Oklahoma majoring in the field of Social Service and Gerontology. She also worked at the First National Bank in OKC and the Community Bank in Bethany. Vicki also owned and operated the Whatever's Clever Thrift Store in Bethany. Later Vicki became a fulltime caregiver for family members. Vicki was affiliated St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, OKC, OK. Vicki considered her greatest achievement to be the birth of her two wonderful children, Phillip and Nicole. Preceded in death by father, Robert Joshua Whittaker. She is survived by her mother, Lillie Anne Whittaker of OKC; son, Phillip Banta & wife Melissa of OKC; daughter, Nicole Griffin & husband Jeff of Edmond; three brothers, Robert "Mike" Whittaker & wife Sherry of OKC, Dennis Whittaker & wife Julie of OKC, Jeff Whittaker of OKC; grandchildren, Bradley Routt, Aidon & Phoenix Banta, Noah, Oliver & Ethan Griffin. Vicki had an infectious smile and was known by friends and family for her compassionate heart. She was fun loving. Vicki enjoyed and taught aerobic dancing classes. She was very inventive and full of ideas. She loved animals and never turned away a stray. Her children, grandchildren, family and friends will miss her. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 17th, at 2:00 pm, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, which is located at 5024 N. Grove Ave., Warr Acres, OK 73122.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 16, 2013