Former Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees member and staunch supporter of Texas public schools Marjory Kent Vickery has passed away.
Vickery, a longtime Copper Canyon resident, served on the LISD Board from 1971-1976. She was then elected to the Texas State Board of Education, where she served until 1982. Overall, Vickery dedicated nearly 50 years of her life to education.
Vickery was a major advocate for student safety. As a member of the LISD Board, she helped students receive designated sidewalks to walk to and from school and be escorted across streets by crossing guards. She was also influential in getting motorists required to drive no faster than 20 mph in areas surrounding schools.
Vickery is the namesake of Vickery Elementary in Flower Mound, which opened its doors in 2003. Vickery continued throughout her life to work on behalf of LISD students, especially those at Vickery Elementary. She would frequently appear at school functions and award presentations to inspire student success. She was a regular honored guest at the annual LISD Awards Banquet and received the district’s Champion for Kids Award in 2013.
Vickery also worked closely with the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation, increasing funding for students and teachers. She was honored in 2014 for her longtime work with the LEF Legacy Society.
The Denton County Commissioners Court last year proclaimed July 9th as Marjory Kent Vickery Day.
Vickery earned a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and studied numerous hours on education at North Texas State University (now University of North Texas). She was an honorary member of Delta Kappa International Society for Key Women Educators’ Kappa Theta chapter and later earned a full state membership.
Funeral services for Vickery will be held Tuesday, May 9, at Trietsch United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road in Flower Mound. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. with a service following at 10 a.m.
Her obituary is below:
Marjory Kent Vickery passed away surrounded by her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie Isaiah and Macy Kent, her brother Bill Kent and her beloved husband, Paul Byron Vickery. She is survived by her children, Kent Vickery (Tari), Kathleen Bolin (Dana), Preston Vickery (Beverly), Peter Vickery (Rose) and Kristina Vickery, along with her grandchildren, Heather Vickery, Kimberly Bolin (Ben Ballay), Jason Vickery (Christy), Jennifer Colaco (Colin), Danielle Bolin Soccommono and Charles Vickery, and her great-grandchildren, Noah Vickery, Kiara Ballay, Amina Vickery, Sarah Kate Vickery, Eva and Emma Soccommano.
Marjory was a trailblazer and earth shaker, an artist, and world traveler, a wife, and mother, but most importantly a follower of Christ. She was active in her community believing the world is a better place when you give back. She led by example and was recognized for her many contributions throughout the years, evidenced by being the first woman elected to the Lewisville ISD School Board. In addition, she was the first republican woman elected to the Texas State School Board as well as being the first Republican elected to state office from Denton County.
She was recognized as the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year. One of her greatest honors was having the Marjory Kent Vickery Elementary School named for her. In addition, she was honored by Denton County Commissioners Court proclaiming July 9th as Marjory Kent Vickery Day. She championed education at all levels and promoted the arts as often as possible, including the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance, and every refrigerator art piece her family could produce. She was fashionable, classy, kind, knew the importance of a good lipstick and wrote beautiful thank you notes.
Marjory and Paul’s 63 years of wedded bliss were filled with admiration, support, humor and a love that set the example for future generations. They experienced life together to the fullest and were both able to live out their days on their family homestead surrounded by family and friends.
A celebration of Marjory’s life will be held Tuesday, May 9th at 10 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 6101 Morriss Road, Flower Mound. A light lunch and reception will follow the service.
Memorials may be given to Trietsch Covenant Global Missions, Lewisville Lake Symphony or the Lewisville Education Foundation for Vickery Elementary School.