Vicki Lea Carden was born April 30, 1945, in Ft. Worth. She died at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the age of 67. She attended public school in Ft. Worth, and graduated from Paschal High School in 1963. She was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church.
As a youngster Vicki and her family attended Evans Avenue Baptist Church, and she dearly loved her friends from the years they spent in activities and growing up together in a church where youth activities were abundant. In addition to her being Choir Master/Organist/Pianist for the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church for 25 years, she also was a member of University Baptist Church.
Vicki attended both Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK, and then graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth where she majored in music education with a concentration in piano.
She was also a conductor, composer and singer. Blessed with perfect pitch, Vicki loved performing on piano for many people in a wide variety of venues. One very special occasion for her was when she played for a reception here in the DFW area for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan. She always entertained with songs people in the audience requested while she talked, laughed and told jokes. She had an amazing gift – one that will not soon be forgotten.
Vicki served as a secondary choir director and elementary music specialist in her more than 25 years of public education. Her last assignment was at Morton Elementary School in Arlington, but she spoke most frequently and fondly of her tenure as choir director at the high school in Mineral Wells. She had many stories to tell of the special times associated with the students and families there.
Many of her Facebook friends were former students who have grown up, had children of their own, and wanted to establish an adult relationship with her since she was one of their favorite teachers. She absolutely loved sharing stories with them, hearing about their families and adult lives, and renewing their bonds after so many years.