Nan L. Vickers, a retired registered pediatric nurse and avid reader, died Wednesdayof respiratory failure at Oak Crest Village retirement community. She was 88.
The daughter of a machinist and a homemaker, the former Nan Leimbach was born in Baltimore and raised on Berwick Avenue in Hamilton.
After graduating from Seton High School in 1942, she earned her nursing degree in 1945 from the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
Mrs. Vickers then joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. During the waning days of World War II, she was assigned to Gloster Veterans Hospital in Mississippi.
After the war ended, Mrs. Vickers returned to Baltimore and resumed her nursing career at Union Memorial Hospital.
In 1947, she married Clement J. Vickers Sr., a milkman who eventually became a Sealtest Dairy accountant. He died in 2006.
"She nursed at Union Memorial on and off over the years — always in pediatrics — while raising her seven children," said a son, Clement Joseph "Joe" Vickers Jr. of Manchester. "Her last year there was 1984."
Mrs. Vickers, who had lived in the Loch Hill section of Baltimore County for years until moving to the Parkville retirement community eight years ago, was an avid reader and traveler.
"She criss-crossed the United States several times and had been to Europe," her son said.
Mrs. Vickers was a longtime communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8820 Walther Blvd.
In addition to her son, Mrs. Vickers is survived by three other sons, Robert Vickers of Loch Hill, James Vickers of Fallston and John Vickers of Owings Mills; a daughter, Lisa DeGasparre of Glyndon; 13 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Another son, William H. Vickers, died in 2001; and another daughter, Katherine Ann Vickers, died in 2005.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun