On Tuesday evening, April 11, 2017, a light was taken out of our lives, as our beautiful wife and mother, Vicki LaRue Crumpton Metcalfe, exhaled one last time in our arms and departed this world to meet her blessed Savior. The next time you witness a breathtaking sunset, sit among the vibrant Texas bluebonnets each spring, get rowdy at your favorite sporting event, or sneak sugar cookies for your grandchildren — take time to remember the beautiful, joyful soul of our amazing wife, mother, grandmother, family member and friend. She left a true legacy.
Vicki entered Eternity after a courageous 3-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. She never lost hope (or her stubbornness), even as she took her final breaths, and her energetic spirit is carried on through her husband, three children, four grandchildren, an extended family and large group of friends from every walk of life. Always the comedian, Vicki wanted us to remember she was a young 57 years old, had superb fashion skills and was the Words With Friends champ. She was also the ultimate Donnie & Marie fan, watched the Sound of Music hundreds of times and dreamed of someday seeing Britney Spears perform in Vegas. Vicki loved to eat peaches, had a unique Texas twang and an infectious laugh that her family and friends will never forget.
Vicki married the love of her life, Joseph Andrew Metcalfe, over 38 years ago and she was so thrilled about their honeymoon we recently discovered the very napkins, menus and Elvis tour guide tickets from that first trip together. Joe and Vicki later became parents to three children: daughter Tamara, followed by daughter Tara (married to Justin White) and her baby son, Joseph. She loved dressing her children up in identical outfits and each Christmas she bought them the exact shirt in different colors. The Metcalfe’s spent most of their days playing sports and Vicki’s claim to fame was leading the Unicorns fast pitch softball team to the city championship. In 1995, the family moved to the “Cement Capital of the World” and Vicki called Midlothian home until she passed away.
Vicki was born on July 23, 1959, in Abilene, Texas, and became the fourth and final child to the late Jerry Pat Crumpton and Margaret Olene Ash of Mesquite. She loved her three older brothers with all her heart: Jerry, Sheril (wife Kim) and the late David Crumpton (wife Cindy), all of Mesquite. Vicki was raised alongside incredible classmates and friends from North Mesquite High School who graciously sat with her during the final days of her life. She graduated from Duncanville in 1977 and also remained close friends with many of the wonderful people she met there. Vicki enjoyed a successful career as a paralegal and spent almost 40 years working for top judges and attorneys around North Texas.
Although she carried many important titles in her life – her favorite was “Nanny” to four amazing, spunky grandchildren: 8-year-olds Luke and Claira Bell and 4-year-olds Joey and Kylee. She loved to be present in their life and always found time to play board games, go to the zoo and read together in bed. She was so proud of them and had this unique ability to nurture a special relationship with each one. She considered it a great honor to serve as their grandmother and her spirit will always shine on through those children. She was also a proud aunt and great aunt to over 30 nieces and nephews and truly loved every single one of them.
Vicki was a proud daughter of Jesus Christ and walked this earth with a servant’s heart; always extending the Lord’s kindness and grace to everyone she met. She called The Oaks Fellowship in Red Oak, Texas, home and she loved worshipping there with her family on Sunday mornings. Vicki always relied on her faith and taught herself how to walk again, swim and even ride the therapy bike. Once she lost full use of her legs, Vicki still glorified God and sang His praises because she recognized every singe day was a gift. She was such a light to this world.
Vicki wanted to make sure we recognize and remember a few outstanding individuals in the medical community who touched her life in countless ways: Dr. Thomas Chai of M.D. Anderson, Dr. Neelema Pinnapureddy of Cancer Institute of Dallas and Dr. Charlie Carmichael of Dallas Vintage Dental Spa, along with dozens of nurses and medical staff who loved and cared for her the last few years. She also wanted to thank her father-in-law, James Lee Metcalfe, and late mother-in-law, Sharlene Metcalfe, for serving as wonderful surrogate parents to her the last few decades. She never forgot how much you all meant to her life.
Vicki kept every single greeting card swapped between loved ones over the years because she really cherished the heartfelt words that filled the pages. She always signed her cards the same way and today we leave you with her final goodbye: “I love you more than words can ever say. Hugs & Kisses 4Ever! Love, Vicki”
FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours, instead Vicki’s family invites all to attend her “Celebration of Life” on Saturday, April 22nd, at 11 a.m. at The Oaks Fellowship Church in Red Oak, Texas (777 I35E). Guests are invited to visit with family and friends at a reception in Vicki’s honor immediately following her service.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS: Vicki’s family asks you to send a note to one of the medical professionals listed above and thank them for her tremendous care. They truly set the standard of care and made a remarkable impact on her life.
If you feel led to donate in Vicki’s memory, please consider Eagles Lift Ministries , an organization near and dear to the family’s heart. Eagles Lift provides cottages for patients and caregivers, like the Metcalfe’s, who need treatment in Houston for little or no costs. Vicki always believed in the vision there and imagined a day she could help other families and pay it forward:
Eagle’s Lift Ministries
14939 Cullen Blvd. Houston, Texas 77047
Online Donations: http://www.eaglesliftministries.org/