Vickie P. Begley

Vickie P. Begley

Birth
USA
Death 19 Oct 2007 (aged 54)
Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
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Vickie P. Begley was born February 5, 1953, in Dallas, Texas and took her final hike up to her heavenly home after a courageous battle with breast cancer on October 19, 2007 in Black Mountain, NC.
. As a young lady, she was a diligent student, faithful Christian, tough tomboy, and a true lady with unmatchable charm and elegance. Vickie graduated from Kimbell High School in Dallas, Texas. She traveled to Black Mountain in the summer of 1971 to accept a summer job as a staffer at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center. It was on this job that Vickie met her soul mate, Wendell. At summers end she returned to Texas, but the couple reunited two years later and married after a brief two month courtship. After their marriage, Vickie moved to Black Mountain where she developed a genuine love for the outdoors and proudly called the mountains her home. The two were inseparable in every aspect of their lives. She alone unselfishly encouraged Wendell to get involved in community affairs and run for the Buncombe County Board of Education in 1983.
Vickie had three passions in life-teaching, the outdoors and family.
Vickie attended Texas Tech and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in May 1976. The same year, she was hired by Leonard Keever to teach kindergarten at Black Mountain Primary School. She was the schools veteran teacher, teaching there 31 years. Throughout her career, Vickie served on numerous school committees including the School Improvement Team. She was an optimist with strong character and a tender heart. Vickie was most proud of receiving teachings highest honor-designation as a National Board Certified Teacher. A testament to her character, she reapplied for the renewal of this certification while undergoing cancer treatments in Houston, Texas in April 2007. Vickie continued to teach up until her recent decline in health. Over this extensive teaching career, she touched the lives of over seven hundred students, not to mention the parents and fellow educators. She could recall every student, if not by name by their behavior in the classroom.
Her teaching was an inspiration to many, including her middle daughter, who is a second grade teacher following in her mother’s footsteps. After school, Vickie devoted countless hours as assistant coach of the Charles D. Owen High School Girls Golf Team, where her youngest daughter flourished under the unyielding support of her cherished cheerleader.
Vickie’s greatest adventure in life was an 80 mile/13 day backpacking trip she participated in with Wendell and their friends in September 2004. The hike followed the Thorofare Trail, through Yellowstone National Park, into the deepest, most remote wilderness in the lower forty-eight states. In the outdoors, her spirit was in harmony and such activities became a great source of strength for her. This accomplishment inspired her oldest daughter to accompany her in September 2006, for what would be Vickies last backpacking trip through Yellowstone National Park.
Vickie’s happiest moments were those with her cherished girls and beloved husband. Vickie’s Saturday mornings were devoted to her girls, and Saturday nights were committed to date night with Wendell. Sunday was the day of rest-family day in the woods or watching football games. This five-some was dedicated to one another. The foundation of their bond was the sincere love shared between this husband and wife. Vickie had a loving heart, a selfless soul and a zest for life.
Left to cherish her memory is her best friend, the love of her life, her steady compass, husband of 34 years, Marcus Wendell Begley and her three most treasured possessions: running pal, Meredith Olivia Begley and husband Robert Allen Burpeau, Jr. of Black Mountain; teaching pal Lindsay Serena Begley and husband Scott Douglas Favrot of Cary, N.C.; and golfing pal Kannah Leigh Begley of the home. She also leaves behind three fuzzy hiking companions, her much loved Labradors, Sunny, Cheyenne and Hope. In addition to her immediate family, Vickie leaves behind thirty-one years of students whose lives have forever been touched by the grace of her presence in the classroom. She was preceded in death by her dear friend and father-in-law, Marcus Fred Begley. Vickie is survived by her parents, Clarence and Billie Pate of Dallas, Texas; one sister Carol and husband Reed McKay of Plano, Texas; two nieces Ashleigh and April McKay of The Colony, Texas.
A Celebration of Life Service was on Saturday, October 27, 2007 at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Kevin Frederick officiating.
Vickie will forever rest at the family’s favorite weekend retreat, eastern America’s highest private residence, their log cabin on the Black Mountains which the young newlyweds built together in 1975.
Her love of children was apparent in her every action. In honor of Vicki’s passion for young people, the family has established a scholarship at Owen High School. Donations may be made to the Buncombe County Schools Foundation to benefit the Vickie Begley Memorial Scholarship for Teaching, c/o Black Mountain Savings Bank, Post Office Box 729, Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711.


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