Vicki L. Stringham of Dimondale,
Name meaning conqueror and triumphant, was called to meet her Father in Heaven December 13, 2021, after a long and fearless battle with Multiple Sclerosis, at the age of 72. Vicki was born in Lansing, February 11, 1949, the daughter of Jay Walling and Donna Belle Gunneman. She was a graduate of Sexton High School and earned her Bachelors of Marketing from Northwood University. Before she earned her degree in marketing Vicki was involved with craft shows and church bazaars. She developed her own craft business, working diligently from home, and her items could be seen on display in boutiques and gift stores. Vicki was employed with the Girl Scout Organization. She also worked in marketing at The Hampton Inn and Suites. Vicki maintained her devoted faith in God throughout her life, regardless of circumstances. Vicki held steadfast to her sense of humor, and selflessly radiated her joy and hope unto others. She shared her quick wit with everyone she encountered, making them comfortable and taking away their worries. Vicki’s fierce determination is remembered as strength and dignity, and gave new meaning to the words gratitude, humility, fearlessness, acceptance and faith.
Vicki’s devotion to God, her creative sharp mind, and selfless nature are just a sample of the unique gifts she held steadfast to. Her passion for sewing, crafting and creating has been passed on to her children and grandchildren, as she patiently taught them to use their own creative minds. She didn’t need a pattern or template, she simply applied her gift to create. Her sewing area was a haven of multi-colored threads, buttons, fabric, lace and ribbon. As Vicki sewed and hand stitched she created Barbie doll and baby doll clothes, dresses, blankets and quilts for her children and grandchildren, purses, pillows, and holiday crafts. The house always smelled of cinnamon and spices as she baked her own potpourri and filled sachets with seasonal scents. An avid gardener, plants thrived in her care. She had the aptitude and talent to give fine detail to miniature creations, and at other times could be found giving a baby calf its first immunization or tending to a wounded pet. She loved music and would initiate sing-alongs on road trips. Vicki’s children remember being lulled to sleep while their mother sang “Train Whistle Blowing”. The song was then repeated to Vicki’s grandchildren, as her children became parents and echoed her tune.
Vicki always had a smile on her face; she delighted in laughter and joy, a bit of gentle sarcasm at times, and telling unique jokes was part of her daily life. Her courageous and lighthearted spirit, kind words, and optimism are reverenced and admired. Vicki celebrated her life to the fullest, and her journey continues, as she dances in Heaven with her Lord and Savior.
Vicki is survived by her daughters; Shawn (Kevin) Gorney of Onondaga, Jill Foco of Midland; son, Scott (Amanda) Stringham, of Clinton Township; grandson Heath (Sarah) Gorney; granddaughters Hannah (Craig) Draper, Grace Foco, Victoria Foco, and Z. Coraline Stringham; sisters Judy (Larry) Kwast, Sally (Marvin) Hall; brother, Tucker (Jane) Gunneman; four adored great grandchildren, cherished nieces and nephews and several cousins; including her special cousin, Louise. She was preceded in death by her parents Jay and Donna Gunneman, and beloved brother Tracy (Tiffany) Gunneman.
Memorial services will be held 11 am Saturday January 15, 2021 at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following link, https://mssociety.donordrive.com/campaign/In-Memory-of-Vicki-Stringham, Please visit our website to place online condolences, www.millsfuneral.com.
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