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Geraldine Vickers

May 24, 1918-Jan. 4, 2010

Geraldine M. Vickers, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, January 4, 2010 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Geraldine Mae O'Connor was born to William and Lulu (Thompson) O'Connor on May 24, 1918 in New Rockford, N.D. After graduating from high school she attended Dakota Business College in Fargo and upon completion she worked for North Dakota State University as the secretary to the dean of the Home Economics Department. While working at the University, she met her husband, Milton Vickers.

They were married August 5, 1942 and enjoyed 63 years together. They first lived in Dayton, Ohio, where Gerry was a secretary for the war effort. While living in Dayton their first child, Linda Lou, was born. Shortly after returning to Fargo in 1945, Geraldine became a mother to a second child, Milton Bruce. After living in Fargo for five years they moved to Detroit Lakes, where their third child, JoAnn was born.

Gerry worked for Dr. Rioux of Minot, N.D., for many years before returning to Fargo, where she worked at the Neuropsychiatric Institute. But the job she enjoyed the most was working for the Clay County Juvenile System, from which she retired. Still, she continued to want to work and be around people.

Gerry especially enjoyed having people stop by to visit and truly enjoyed having her grandchildren and great grandchildren around her. She loved them all.

Surviving Gerry are her son, Milton Vickers of Detroit Lakes; daughter JoAnn (Larry) Score of Colfax, N.D.; seven grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister Phyllis Acker of Sacramento, Calif.; and sister-in law Georgia O'Connor of Wayzata, Minn.

Preceding her in death were her husband Milton (2005); daughter Linda Lou Peterson of Virginia (2004), and Linda's husband Bill Peterson (1990); her brother, Bill O'Connor of Wayzata; and her parents, William and Lulu O'Connor.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, January 10 at the United Methodist Church, Detroit Lakes.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred, N.D. An online guestbook is available at