I had just read that she was in the process of closing her rubber stamp business to focus more on her health and was thinking how I'd miss her presence online.
I didn't know her well - I once did a collaborative rubber sheet with her daughter, Melanie Sage and I bought rubber stamps and zines from Vickie -- and always looked over her sale items. I also was a regular lurker over on her Yahoo group, OrganizedStudio.
Vickie was a selfless soul who spent her hours trying to be helpful to anyone she thought needed it. She was loved by so many friends and also by many people she didn't even know. She was one of those people you just assume will always be there should you need them.
There are many shocked and devastated friends and family members today.
According to her daughter, Melanie Sage, she went swiftly surrounded by her family. Melanie said Vickie asked not to have a funeral- she wants only a celebration at home. The family wants to decorate the house with art from all her friends - art that celebrates her life. You can send it to her husband, Grady Enkoff, 14961 Valencia Ave, Fontana, CA 92335.
There is information about Vickie, her illnesses, and her death on Melanie's blog. That is where Melanie asked to have any messages of condolence posted -- as comments on her blog. There is also a little bit more about the kind of art Vickie liked in case you decide to send something to the family for decorating the house. I know she was a big Frida Kahlo fan.
It is really odd how touched I am over this tragedy surrounding people I don't even know very well. Just another example of how the internet has bridged relationships and made us all one big community. My deepest sympathy goes out to Melanie, Grady, and the rest of her family and friends. May God walk with you and warm you with dear memories.