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July 8, 1917 - June 24, 2015 Barbara Vickman age 97 died with her beloved daughter Janet at her side, in the early morning hours of June 24, 2015. She was preceded in death by her sister Adele Manheim (June 22, 1954) and by her beloved husband Harry (November 22, 2009). She is survived by her children Larry Vickman, Nancy Ellis, & Janet Wagner and her grandchildren Wendy (Ellis) Lewis, Amy (Ellis) Herron, John and Anne Vickman, and by her nephews Michael and Tom Manheim who were her "adopted children." Babs was born in Richmond, Indiana on July 8, 1917 to Alvin & Claudine Fox. With the early death of her father, the family moved to California. She met Harry at UCLA on the steps of Royce Hall. They married on October 13, 1940 and were married for 69 years. Babs & Harry worked in the restaurant business together after the kids were out of the house. Vickman's Restaurant and Bakery was a mainstay of the early morning downtown Los Angeles market district scene for years, until it was closed in 1984. Babs worked alongside her husband helping to manage and operate the business. In their later years they both reinvented themselves. Babs became involved with ONE in Van Nuys with her husband as he set up one of the most successful farmers markets in the area. She became a volunteer at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and despite her infirmities continued to go there daily until she could no longer drive. And even then she would have her husband drive her so she could keep contributing to that great institution. Both mom and her husband had a passion to return to the community and they did so in spades. Since Harry's death we have been so fortunate to have a staff of caregivers who must be true angels in human form and who have allowed us to keep mom in her own home for all these years. Together both Jaina and Glennie helped Babs live and stay active up until a few days before her death. They are truly our gift. And thanks to Dr. Kapoor and his staff for all they have done to support mom & the family. Babs was a gift to this community and we will miss her. Services will be held at Forest Lawn Mount Sinai in Los Angeles on Sunday July 12 at 11:30 am.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 28, 2015
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