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VICKERY CLARENE H. VICKERY On June 26, 2019, at her home in Vienna, Virginia, at the age of 101. Director and owner of Parkwood School for 64 years, Mrs. Vickery was a pioneer in early childhood education. A founder of the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education, she served on the Executive Board of the VAECE for forty-five years and held several leadership positions. She was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the VAECE. She was recognized by the Fairfax County Health Department for her "more than six decades of promoting the health and well-being of young children." Upon her 100th birthday, the Virginia General Assembly and Town of Vienna presented her with resolutions honoring her achievements and they were noted in the Congressional Record. Over 10,000 children, ages three to five, have attended Parkwood School. Mrs. Vickery claimed, in her words, "only the distinction of having served and loved children." Mrs. Vickery was a founding member of Providence Baptist Church in Tysons Corner, and a 65-year member of Vienna Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and held other positions. She was the Greater Vienna Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year in 1987, received recognition for her support of the 100th anniversary of the Town of Vienna in 1990, was President and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Ayr Hill Garden Club, and Grand Marshal of the Vienna Halloween Parade in 2006, Born May 22, 1918, on a farm near Collins, Mississippi, the oldest of twelve children of the late Melton and Bertha Dickens, she was married to the late Lt. Colonel Raymond E. Vickery, Sr. for 47 years. As a member of the "Greatest Generation", she supported her husband and their family while he fought in the European Theater and served in the military government of Germany. She was the mother of four sons: Raymond, Jr. (former Member of the Virginia General Assembly and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce), Donald (medical doctor and wellness author), Kenneth (Professor at North Carolina State University), and Steven (screenwriter). She is survived by seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one brother, and three sisters. A visitation will be at the Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road S.W., Vienna, Virginia at 6 p.m., Monday, July 1, 2019. A "Gathering in Celebration of Life" will be held at VBC at noon on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, followed by a reception at the church. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery with her husband at a later date. Donations in memorial may be made to the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education,"> Donations in memorial may be made to the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education,
Published by The Washington Post from Jun. 29 to Jul. 1, 2019.
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Mrs Vickery made a difference to so many people. We have fond memories of our children's time there, way back in the 1990's. Such a positive, fun, learning environment. Our condolences to the family, and best wishes for Parkwood School continuing forever!
The Doughty family
July 3, 2019
May she rest in Peace. I worked for her husband in the Foreign Agricultural Service. He was a true southern gentleman as well
Eldon Hildebrandt
July 1, 2019
The fact that Mrs. Vickery was responsible for over 10,000 children's ability to navigate in the world through exceptional education is no surprise to me. I was one of the lucky ones who attended Parkwood. I had to fast-track my early education as I didn't go to Kindergarten - started in 1st grade at Parkwood. I attended through 3rd grade and I credit Parkwood for giving me the foundation I needed to succeed. What is really amazing is that my sister had intellectual disabilities which they didn't know as much about back then. She also went to Parkwood where they made a space for her and now she is a high functioning adult - thanks to the kindness and early educational support of Parkwood and Mrs. Vickery. The world is a much more empty place without her but thank goodness I was lucky enough to have been one of the 10,000! My condolences to the family. She was a light in the world.
Dorothy Friedlander
July 1, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear about Mrs. Vickery. I have known her since I was a tot but through Vienna Baptist church and Parkwood. I attended Parkwood in the early 60's. My sons Adam and Ben attended Parkwood in the early 90's. She had such a great impact on my life. She was a wonderful person and so important to me. She was always there for me over the years. I will miss her and I loved her deeply. Rest in peace Mrs. Vickery and may God bless you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. It is certainly a sad day for me. Steve you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Diane Pearson Burns
July 1, 2019
We absolutely loved sending our children, Leslie and Michael McDermott, to Parkwood in the late 80's. Mrs. Vickery was an amazing lady and her staff terrific. Our family has such great memories from our experiences at Parkwood. I only wish my two grandsons lived in the area so they could attend Parkwood. May you Rest In Peace Mrs. Vickery and Parkwood continue to be the wonderful preschool we remember. Patty and Michael McDermott, formerly of Oakton, Va but now residing outside of Philadelphia, Pa.
Patty McDermott
June 30, 2019
Mrs. Vickery was an amazing, loving and inspiring lady. She worked tirelessly to make Parkwood a wonderful and nurturing school for so many children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Greg and Cyndi (Parkwood 1970-1971) Byars
June 30, 2019
Steve Wallace
June 30, 2019
Dearest Steve,

So very sorry.

June 29, 2019
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