CLINTON and LINCOLN – “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.” Beautiful people do not just happen. Vickie Lee (Libby) True was a beautiful person with a warm, captivating smile and today heaven is more joyful. On Sept. 20, 2012, Vickie left her final footprints on our hearts. On July 17, 1958, Vickie was born in Lincoln, to her proud parents, Clara (Smith) and Earl Libby.
She spent her entire childhood in Lincoln, graduating from Mattanawcook Academy in 1976. Soon after, she met and married Stephen Owen True; and they were blessed with their only child, a daughter, Adriane Elissa, the light of her parent’s life. During Adriane’s young childhood, Vickie decided to further her education and returned to school at Kennebec Valley Vocational Technical Institute, where she received her degree in medical assisting. She quickly found employment at Silvermount Women’s Healthcare, where she was employed for several years. She then proved herself a valued employee of Waterville Women’s Healthcare, where her co-workers became part of her extended family and she remained an integral part of their staff until her death. Vickie was to be honored at a retirement party Sept. 21, and she and Steve were greatly anticipating the return north and the beginning of a new life at their home in the “woods” of Lincoln. In May of this year, Vickie and Steve celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. They were fortunate enough throughout their married life to travel extensively, most recently on an Alaskan cruise. Vickie also traveled often with her daughter, Adriane, including a July trip to New York City to celebrate Vickie’s 54th birthday. Their relationship was more than mother and daughter; their relationship was tied with heart strings. “Every year is a delicate thread we weave in the tapestry of time. Each moment we’re granted offers us the opportunity to create our own personal masterpiece …” In addition to nurturing her family and friends, Vickie had many passions in her life. She was devoted to the patients in her care; she loved nature and the out of doors, and her vast gardens energized her soul during the summer months. She looked forward to her Wednesday evening “garden talks” with her Dad. All throughout her life Vick loved a wide variety of animals and pets which she embraced as family, especially her cat, Rudy. Life was no brief candle to Vickie. It was a blazing torch which she got to hold for a moment, allowing it to burn as brightly as possible, before handing it on to her loved ones.
In addition to her husband, Steve, and her daughter, Adriane, she is survived by her father, “Daddio”; her “Shishter” and kindred spirit, Earlene and husband, John Young; aunt, Frances Stevens “Auntie”; uncle, Maurice Libby; aunt, Velma True; and sisters-in-law, Laurie True, Julie True, and Melanie Thibodeau and husband, Eric. Auntie Vick also was devoted to her nieces and nephews, Tony and Darcy Arthers, Isaac Young and his fiancee, Mallory Malone, and Erica and Austin Thibodeau. Auntie Vick wasn’t just an interested observer. She was an active participant in their lives. With her return “home” to Lincoln, she had big plans for her two newest great-nephews, Landon Arthers and Maddox Arthers – plans which included fishing in her brook, playing hide and seek in the gardens, nature walks and sleepovers, which would have delighted “her boys!” She also leaves behind several special cousins. Vick was predeceased by her beloved Mum; her maternal and paternal grandparents; Steve’s parents, Ken and Alicia True; and many dear aunts and uncles.
A celebration of her life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Waterfront Events Center, Lincoln. Her family requests no flowers. Instead, expressions of sympathy may be sent to Penobscot Valley Humane Society, 1 Park Ave., Lincoln, ME 04457; the humane society of your choice or the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078. Contributions to the Reeve’s Foundation may also be placed online.
What we leave behind is not engraved in stone monuments, but is woven into the lives of others. Children are born, traditions are passed and the love continues into eternity. Although we no longer share Vickie’s physical presence, her spirit remains the “heart” of our family and we will forever embrace her love. xoxo