ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Michael Vickery, 67 years old, born on January 14, 1953, and passed away on November 9, 2020. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Dennis Vickery on May 13, 2021
Missing my big brother....not a day goes by that his memory doesn’t pop up in my mind. We had many differences between us, but bottom line was that we both chose our path in life. I am far better person inside than would be had we not been brothers, friends and confidants. I’ll never forget you brother.
Posted by teri vickery on May 2, 2021
Do Not Go Where The Path May Lead, Go Instead Where There Is No Path And Leave A Trail ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
   This is how Mike lived his life.
Posted by Dave and Debbie Vickery on April 26, 2021
So many wonderful memories I can't possibly list them all! One of my favorites that immediately come to mind are his visits to see us in KC, including the time he came out to help us pack up and move home to MD. Mike drove the moving truck with Jeremy by his side, and all was great until we reached that dastardly town Wheeling, WV! We pulled in to the Best Western off the interstate, but the turn came up suddenly and had a small, very tight entrance so Mike went around the corner thinking there would be another entrance on the other side, one big enough for a truck to fit into. Wrong! The road was a small side street that led to a small bridge that didn't have the weight allowance to hold the truck. Mike wasn't going to risk crossing the bridge and have the truck with him, all of our stuff and his nephew inside, to plummet into the river below so he had to think fast. There was no easy way to turn around because it was a narrow street with cars coming the other direction that were backed up along the road and across the bridge. He got out of the truck and managed to get cars to pull ahead and leave a gap so he could do what must have been an 80 point turn to get the truck going back the way it came. Once into the parking lot he parked and got out, just in time to help David sneak our dog Sam into the hotel. We specifically chose Best Western because they allowed pets, at least at the one in Missouri. Not the one in Wheeling! So Mike held one of the larger suitcases along side Sam while David held another and we walked Sam between them, through the lobby, up the elevator and down the hall to our room. Fortunately Sam was a good boy and stayed nice and quiet all night so no one was the wiser. Another time Mike and Teri came out to visit and we all went to Rocky Mountain National Park to see Pike's Peak and the beautiful mountains of Colorado. On the way across Kansas we drove into a strong storm that spawned a tornado (of course! it's Kansas!!) We had to pitch our tent in the strong winds of that storm that night, in the dark, but we did it! So many fun adventures with Mike by our side! We love him and will truly miss him forever!!
Posted by Carol Wilkes on April 23, 2021
Lovely website Teri! Well done and well written story of how you and Mike spent your first date. Precious memories! Love, Carol
Posted by teri vickery on April 23, 2021
the Moody Blues, one of our favorite groups, say it perfectly with:
"Like the sunrise over the mountainside
Like the bird that has to be free
There's a part of you that will always be
Part of me"
from Bless the Wings

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Posted by Dennis Vickery on May 13, 2021
Missing my big brother....not a day goes by that his memory doesn’t pop up in my mind. We had many differences between us, but bottom line was that we both chose our path in life. I am far better person inside than would be had we not been brothers, friends and confidants. I’ll never forget you brother.
Posted by teri vickery on May 2, 2021
Do Not Go Where The Path May Lead, Go Instead Where There Is No Path And Leave A Trail ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
   This is how Mike lived his life.
Posted by Dave and Debbie Vickery on April 26, 2021
So many wonderful memories I can't possibly list them all! One of my favorites that immediately come to mind are his visits to see us in KC, including the time he came out to help us pack up and move home to MD. Mike drove the moving truck with Jeremy by his side, and all was great until we reached that dastardly town Wheeling, WV! We pulled in to the Best Western off the interstate, but the turn came up suddenly and had a small, very tight entrance so Mike went around the corner thinking there would be another entrance on the other side, one big enough for a truck to fit into. Wrong! The road was a small side street that led to a small bridge that didn't have the weight allowance to hold the truck. Mike wasn't going to risk crossing the bridge and have the truck with him, all of our stuff and his nephew inside, to plummet into the river below so he had to think fast. There was no easy way to turn around because it was a narrow street with cars coming the other direction that were backed up along the road and across the bridge. He got out of the truck and managed to get cars to pull ahead and leave a gap so he could do what must have been an 80 point turn to get the truck going back the way it came. Once into the parking lot he parked and got out, just in time to help David sneak our dog Sam into the hotel. We specifically chose Best Western because they allowed pets, at least at the one in Missouri. Not the one in Wheeling! So Mike held one of the larger suitcases along side Sam while David held another and we walked Sam between them, through the lobby, up the elevator and down the hall to our room. Fortunately Sam was a good boy and stayed nice and quiet all night so no one was the wiser. Another time Mike and Teri came out to visit and we all went to Rocky Mountain National Park to see Pike's Peak and the beautiful mountains of Colorado. On the way across Kansas we drove into a strong storm that spawned a tornado (of course! it's Kansas!!) We had to pitch our tent in the strong winds of that storm that night, in the dark, but we did it! So many fun adventures with Mike by our side! We love him and will truly miss him forever!!
his Life

Our Beginning

After nearly 40 years together, I feel the best way to hopefully recall all the stories we shared is to start at the beginning of our relationship.
      We both worked at the Frederick MD. Montgomery Ward department store as managers. We knew of each other as co-workers but not personally. As Mike was  separated from his wife and I was  widowed, we would go out to a local dance club with other co-workers after work. It was one of those times in  the spring of 1981 that Mike & I both went along with only 3 others and we hit it off. On June 16, 1981 we were there until closing when a few friends went to the house of  a mutual friend and partied thru the night. Mike & I paired off as neither of us wanted to be "matched up" with anyone else. The host of the party, the primary realtor of Lake Linganore in Frederick MD., had keys to the club pool. We went on a late night golf cart ride to the pool and skinny dipped. We all stayed the night at the realtor's "bachelor pad".  The next time  we all went out dancing, Mike needed a ride home as he didn't have a car. I said I would take him until I found out he lived 20 miles away.  We always joked about my comment "all the way to Brunswick?" .  I told him he could stay at my place and I would take him to to work the next morning. We stayed up until 4 am talking about life in general, our lives and our dreams and values, something we would continue to do throughout our lives together. We had an ongoing dispute regarding the "click" of my bedroom door that night. I had to pull it hard to close it and it clicked when it did, Mike insisted that I locked him out that night when I had no such intentions :) That was the beginning of our life long relationship.

The Concert

I am trying to keep my stories in chronological order but imagine I will overlook some and tell them at a future date when I remember them. 
    In July of 1981, Mike and I went to the Beach Boys free Independence Day concert on the mall in DC. We went with another couple that had only just started dating. We all drove together to what was then National Airport and caught the metro to the Washington monument area. The other girl brought a huge Coleman ice chest that Mike & his friend had to carry thru growing crowds to reach our selected spot to view the concert. We found a good spot and were about 50 yards from the stage. We arrived early as the concert didn't start until late afternoon. It was hot and humid and rained at one point but cleared off just before the concert began. I brought sandwiches and snacks and we all thought the ice chest had drinks in it. It did not have anything to drink. The entire ice chest had a single bag of ice and a huge bowl of salad in it and nothing to eat it with either! Mike & I laughed about this many times over the years when we recalled the concert. Luckily, the beer trucks were close by as were the porta-johns. The concert was spectacular and we had a grand day with about 500,000 "friends"  :) . 
      Later in the summer, Mike's sister Carol came to visit and met us at work ( Montgomery Ward) just before quitting time. We all went dancing at the local club, the Red Horse lounge, where Mike & I had gone as we were getting to know each other. It was the "Disco" era and Carol & I dressed in the latest disco dresses. We went back to Mike's place in Brunswick, MD. It was a small river town on the Potomac and he had entered some art work in a local show. The next morning Carol & I walked into town to see his art work. We didn't have a change of clothes from the night before so we were all decked out in night club clothes. We joked that the townspeople probably thought we were hookers :) .
     There was another time when I made zucchini parmesan and drove to Mike's place hoping he would be there as it was his day off. He didn't have a phone then. He was home and we had a lovely dinner on the steps of the old Victorian house his apartment was in. I spent the night and the next morning his parents and brother Dennis showed up, also unexpected, to take Mike ( and me too since I was there) on picnic in a nearby Boonsboro state park. Mike's parents had a smile when they saw that I was there early in the morning when they arrived. 
    Late the summer of 1981 Mike left Montgomery Ward and started working at Tamko roofing manufacturer in Frederick. Shortly after he started there, he moved in with me in my apartment in Detrick Plaza apartments just outside Ft. Detrick on 7th St. in Frederick. 
    Our first Christmas together was NOT actually together. As we both had strong family ties, we each spent Christmas day with our own families. Mike's sister Linda & husband Mike picked Mike up and and brought him back the next day. After that year, we vowed that we would never spend Christmas apart again and we never did. We worked out spending time before and Christmas Eve with Mike's family and Christmas day with my family.

Halloween and more

Throughout 1982 we started going to auctions and purchased our first project that we worked on together. Mike refinished  a beautiful mahogany Victorian chair and I made a new seat cover for it. We also began collecting old books. This would be the inspiration for us to open a shop in an antique mall 2 years later and continued selling antiques and collectibles throughout our life together.   
    In the fall of 1982 we purchased a house together. Back then it was a little unusual for an unmarried couple to purchase a house together but it proved to be the right thing to do. It was a late Victorian/American Four Square  style across from the Frederick Fairgrounds on East Patrick Street. After looking at several houses, when we walked into this house it just felt like home to both of us. It needed renovation and we worked on it a lot prior to moving in later in the year. Mike built cabinets & completely renovated the kitchen. We both worked at stripping the paint from all the oak woodwork in the house.  
   Mike & I liked to go to Halloween Costume parties. He designed and made a Mr. Potato Head costume for himself. It was quite a hit and he wore at work one day to surprise his coworkers. 
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