Obituary of Vicki RAMSDALE

Vicki Lynn Ramsdale (Grant)

July 5, 1960 - March 11, 2018


Vicki passed peacefully in the loving arms of her husband Don, daughter Alexis, and mother Rose.     


Vicki was born and raised in Victoria and attended McKenzie, Colquitz, and Spectrum Schools (graduating class of ‘78). Don and Vicki, high school sweethearts, met at Spectrum and it was truly love at first sight. Vicki and Don shared their love and lives for nearly 41 years. 


A caring and committed wife, Vicki cherished her role as an invested mother to Alexis, the focus of her affection. Alexis was her pride and joy and she was always there for her whatever the need or occasion. As a mother, Vicki excelled in her full-time roles of teacher, nurse, coach and cheerleader.


Her father Jim and stepfather Bob await her. Vicki leaves behind her mother, Rose, brother, Doug, as well as her step-sisters Maureen (Scott) and Cindy (Brad) and their girls. 


As a trusting and sympathetic friend, she will be greatly missed by many both at home and in Australia. Vicki leaves behind dear friends Barb and Julia as well as Scott and Gail and sons Martin and Adam (Sonia). These were the kind of friends that were family and shared in the joys of birthdays, holidays, and graduations. Vicki and Don lived for a year in Australia and made life-long friends. They travelled extensively throughout Australia and met the best people Oz has to offer: Neale and Debbie, Shane and Leon (Rochelle and Ryan), Plaz and Donna, Phil and Di, Sel and Lula, Jim and Lyn, Digger and Janet, Mick and Karen and their families.


Don and Vicki explored South East Asia and China, Mexico, and made regular trips to the U.S. The only rule for travel, and for life in general, was that Vicki didn’t like being cold, the only acceptable temperatures were warm to HOT. Vicki loved being outside in the sun and was known for returning inside with a little bit of colour.


Growing up Vicki played fastball at Strawberry Vale, and as a young adult was a dedicated participant in aerobics and exercise classes. Vicki was an exceptional cook and loved to experiment with cuisines from around the globe. She shared her love of wine and chocolate with step-father Bob. One of Vicki’s simple pleasures in life was coffee and she loved to enjoy it with friends and family. She was an empathetic listener, always ready to celebrate the triumphs of others or offer comfort in times of trouble.


Vicki matched the tenacity of her MS by besting it for 30 years. Her smile, her attitude, and the sharpness of her wit seemed natural and buoyant, even when she was fighting currents below the surface. And the depth of her eyes revealed starlight and smiles, never suffering. Her faith remained steadfast, matched only by the persistence of her spirit. She now walks and dances with the freedom of dreams, gone from our arms, but forever in our hearts.


The family would like to extend their gratitude to Drs. Fraser, Hastings, and Jaswal, as well as nurse Steph for their gracious care. Thank you to HandyDART and Beacon Community Services staff for their assistance in recent years with transportation and day-to-day tasks.


Vicki’s faith was an important part of her life. Vicki attended St. Patrick’s Church and was an active member of the Oak Bay-St. Patrick’s Catholic Women’s League. A service will be held at St. Patrick's Church on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 1:30pm. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memoriam to the charity of your choosing.