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“I knew your mom thru another friend, who passed away a few years ago. Thru the years this mutual friend used to update me on how your mom was and...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy Smith - Spokane, WA

“Aunt Vicki was an intelligent woman,refined,loving and endeared by her family. She always opened her home to us whenever we went to the west side of...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Paula Rathbone - Spokane, WA

“I'am so sorry. She was a very sweet lady. I know she loved her family alot and I can't say sorry enough. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Pam Dukes - Seattle, WA

“What a terrific tribute to Vicki's life from her family! I worked with Vicki as a school psychologist for many years. She was passionate about...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Chris Smead - Spanaway, WA

“I am the ex Brother-in-law. Vickie and I became friends years later by becoming Friends on Facebook. amazingly, we shared the same type of sense of...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Stephen Ellis - Downsville, LA

“My deepest condolences. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Carrie Willenbring - Spanaway, WA

“Vicki was an amazing person who cared deeply for the students she served. In a time a reduced resources and a lack of validation for her position...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Anthony Greenlee - Spanaway, WA

“Rest in peace to a great lady.Always looked up to you because of your kind heart,knowledge of life,and I am very grateful we could your life! You...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Michelle Rathbone - Salem, OR

“I'm so sorry for your loss! I really enjoyed our time together when we lived in Kirkland my thoughts are with you ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: LaNae Pegler - Taylorsville, UT

“I so enjoyed working with Vicki at Bethel Middle School. She was always ready for a laugh and smile. She loved serving children and was so proud of...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Julie Shultz-Bartlett - Spanaway, WA

“I worked with Vicki in the Bethel SD. She always had a smile on her face. She was a true champion for kids. I enjoyed working with her. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Nancy M Peterson - Auburn, WA

“RIP my dear old friend. BJH rules! ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Bonnie Everman - Spanaway, WA

“I worked with Vicki at Bethel. She was always so kind and caring. We talked on the phone a few times a week (we worked in different buildings) and...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Angela Mettler - Eatonville, WA

“My favorite aunt will be remembered always as a warm and compassionate woman who placed all of her family first in her life. I will miss the laughter...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Alan Rathbone - Spokane, WA

“I worked with Vicki as a teacher at Bethel Middle School. I knew Vicki mainly through meetings and observed her compassion and professionalism with...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Julie Benkovich - Puyallup, WA

“I worked with Vicki for many years while at Shining Mountain. She loved kids and loved talking about her family. Sorry to hear about your loss. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Kerry Arnold - Spanaway, WA


Our mother, Vicki Ellis was just 71 when she passed away unexpectedly on 3/21/2020, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. She was born on 8/3/1948 in Spokane, WA and has been a resident of Spanaway, WA for the last 20 years.

She was an incredible human - who wore her heart on her sleeve! For those of you who don't know, she was someone who followed her passions! She graduated in the class of 1966 from Lewis and Clark High School located in Spokane, WA. She went on to graduate from Whitworth University majoring in education. While attending graduate school in Louisville, KY, she met and married Frank Ellis, who was from New Orleans, LA. They moved to Tacoma, WA and then to Spokane in the fall of 1975. They returned to Louisville in 1977, so Frank could finish graduate school and Vicki worked as a Social Worker for the juvenile court system for three years in a first offenders program. While things didn't turn out as she had hoped, she and Frank brought two little girls into the world during their time together.

After divorcing in 1981, she returned to Spokane and found a great role as a recruiter searching for accountants nationwide. She had a knack for people and was a natural at finding them the right opportunities. Vicki and her daughters moved to the Seattle area in 1987, settling in Redmond initially and then Kirkland while she continued working as a recruiter. She returned to education by substitute teaching while earning her two master's degrees in School Counseling (Seattle Pacific University) and School Psychology (Seattle University). She was deeply invested in others, and made that the focus of her life. She had a very fulfilling career working as a School Psychologist for over 23 years at Clover Park and Bethel School Districts. Working with children of all ages was her passion and she absolutely loved her work. Vicki retired in 2017 and most enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was a trained Soprano - and absolutely loved singing! She was also an avid reader preferring mysteries, a news junkie, and gardener. She was a great cook - and absolutely adored her cats. She would always say that they had trained her well.

Whether she realized it or not, she made a dent in the universe! She is absolutely loved - and she will live on in everyone she touched.

Vicki is survived by her two daughters Ellie Kemery and Jennine Ellis, their spouses Mike Kemery and Dez Ellis, four grandchildren Mya (5), Adison (4), Maxwell (2), and Madi (7 weeks), her sister Eleanor Rathbone, and other family and friends.