Violet Margaret McBride

Mrs. Violet (Vicki/Grandma) Margaret McBride, of the San Francisco Bay Area, Calif., went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 27, 2016, at the age of 85. She resided at her daughter’s home in Avis.

Vicki is survived by her daughter, Deborah Miller (Gerald) in Pennsylvania; her brother, Roland (Judy) Rice, and sister, Bernadine (Hugh) Mills in Utah; her grandchildren, Dee (Charles), Jeannie (Michael), Shaylah, Sean, Robert and Sarah; and many nieces and nephews as well as a multitude of others that adopted and loved her as a grandmother of their own. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lyndon McBride of California; her son, Robert Lyndon McBride Jr. of California; her brother, William Rice of Utah; her sister, Florence Watkins of Idaho; and her parents, William and Alice Rice of California.

Vicki was born on April 17, 1931, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to William and Alice Rice. She graduated with a degree in bookkeeping and had a successful career doing so. She married Robert, an entrepreneur who owned and operated several businesses on April 10, 1953. In 1956, they welcomed their first child Deborah into their home, followed by their son Robert in 1967. Her family remembers her as a spunky and feisty lady with a silly heart who was never afraid to be a rebel and live life her own way. She was even known to drag race high school students in her Mustang after retirement and hide the resulting speeding tickets from her family.

Vicki was a kind and witty individual that had a natural gift for caring for animals. She and Robert often opened their home to many and enjoyed hosting students from around the world. She was an avid knitter who also enjoyed crocheting and gardening. When not creating things, she greatly enjoyed playing solitaire, often staying up into the early hours of the morning playing it on her computer. She was tech savvy and enjoyed keeping up with her grandchildren via social media and text messaging. She was an official member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her childhood and early adulthood. Over the last several years, she attended Grace Fellowship Church in Avis.

The family would like to thank “Grandma’s peeps” for the years of love, caring and friendship. The family also would like to extend special acknowledgment to her primary hospice nurse Jama DeBrody and her teammates at UPMC Susquehanna Hospice for their exemplary compassionate care of Vicki and their loving support of the entire family. No formal funeral is scheduled; instead, a celebration of her life will be hosted by Grace Fellowship Church at a date yet to be determined. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Vicki’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Team Red, White, and Blue via their website or locally at Lycoming Animal Protection Society, Condolences can be shared directly with the family.