Vickie Gilmore Obituary

Vickie Jo Gilmore
Vickie Jo Gilmore
Vickie Jo Gilmore

August 28, 1947 - August 28, 2020
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Bowie, Maryland
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Vickie Jo Gilmore, 73, formerly of Des Moines, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on August 28, 2020. Cause of death was pneumonia.

Vickie Jo was born August 28, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa. She was the youngest of ten children born to Allen and Viola (Parson) Gilmore. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Calvin Gilmore and Allen Gilmore, and sisters, Hester Smith, Naoma Mayweather, Billie Wheeler, and Florabell Gilmore.

Vickie spent her childhood in Des Moines, Iowa where she attended a vocational school geared toward helping handicapped individuals gain independence. She loved cowboy movies and often wore cowboy hats and boots. She once received a set of six-shooters (toys of course) as a birthday gift. She enjoyed her birthstone ring and Mickey Mouse watch. She also loved perfume, playing with cards, listening to music, watching John Wayne movies and a fresh, crisp, new handkerchief was always in her hand and she wouldn’t be without them. Vickie Jo relocated to Silver Spring, Maryland in 1985 where she resided with each of her sisters (Carmen, Rachel and Billie). Vickie looked forward to all the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 1991 Vickie moved into her first independent group home. Vickie worked at various vocational facilities through the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) in Howard County, Maryland, where she made many friends. She enjoyed coming home on Fridays with her paycheck so she could go shopping and get her favorite meal: hamburger, french fries and coke. Vickie enjoyed the care of her loved ones for her entire life.

Vickie Jo leaves to cherish her memory: sister and brother-in-law, Almo Jean and Irvin Hawkins of Windsor Heights, Iowa, sister, Rachel Cockrell of Silver Spring, Maryland, sister, Carmen Logan of Bowie, Maryland, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held in Maryland and burial at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines will be private.


Vickie sure loved to shop! I remember when our cousin Rita Howell and I took Vic shopping for her birthday. We were looking for a white shirt and tennis shoes. After trying on a couple of pairs, I tried to convince Vickie to decide on the least expensive pair. Vickie went over and picked out another pair that she liked which were very expensive. We could not convince her otherwise and I ended up buying her a black shirt (her favorite kind) and the most expensive tennis shoes they had. Vickie Jo had very good taste. We watched her skip out of the store into the mall. The first and only time we saw Vickie skip! Almo Jean Hawkins, sister

I was thinking about one Friday when Vickie came home from work. She got off the van and hurried up the front steps waving a white envelope with her paycheck. It was time to “go shopping now.” I asked “what are we shopping for?” She replied “hamburger, french fries and chocolate malt!” Whenever we went shopping for anything we always finished up with her favorite treat, hamburger, fries and pop or malt. Rachel Cockrell, sister

Nia and I were Vickie’s flying buddies when we went to our family reunions. This particular trip we didn’t have a government ID for Vickie so we had to go through the extra security screening. Between the luggage, carry-ons, the wheelchair and Vickie, Nia and I had a heck of a time getting through the airport terminal. When we were finally seated Nia realized she couldn’t find the book she brought to read on the plane. She was frustrated when she proclaimed “Mom, I think I lost my book!” We watched as Vickie reached into her goodie bag (a can of cookies, chips, a deck of cards and a handkerchief) and pulled out Nia’s book. All we could do was look at each other and Vickie in awe and thank her. Wendy Wooden, great niece

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.