Victoria Jane Weber Stopple


Vicki Stopple, age 69, died peacefully in her Prairie Village home on Sunday, January 23, 2011. She was born January 28, 1941 in Kansas City, the only child of Victor Weber and Gwendolyn Ballard of Raytown. She never liked her given name and always went by Vicki.

After receiving a B.A. from Grinnell University, she married John A. Stopple. Working as a lab technician, she helped him through medical school. They then returned home to live in Prairie Village. When her marriage ended, she obtained an M.B.A. from UMKC and re-entered the work force. Her sharp analytical mind eventually lead her to work with database systems which she programmed and managed for United Telecom, Sprint and the Department of Defense.

Vicki was an artistic woman with a do-it-yourself attitude. She sang in choirs, quilted, wove, dyed, sewed and knitted. She made much of her own clothing. After retiring she focused even more on her craft, particularly knitting. She often attended the Sunflower Knitter’s Guild.

Vicki is survived by her daughters, Phronsie (Raleigh, NC) and Samantha Stopple (Lawrence, KS), Samantha’s husband Stephen Figgins and their children, Elora and Tovar Figgins.

Memorial Service will be held at 1pm, Saturday, January 29 at the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care


  1. Andi Roberts on July 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Samantha & Phronsie…This is very late, but I was reminiscing tonight. I don’t imagine you remember me…I spent a couple of summers with you when you were very young. Your dad & my mother (Dottie Oberlag Buescher) are cousins. Vicki had SUCH a big impact on my life. She was the first adult who treated me as an equal…she taught me how to sew, wear make-up, raise kids (you two)… but most important she taught me that I was important. When I had my first child, she came to Louisiana to visit me. I loved her very much and think of her often.

  2. Sam & Nancy Reavis on February 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Sam & I are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Be comforted knowing she is with the Lord. I lost my brother 1/4/11 and the only reasurrance I feel is knowing he is with God. He was only 61 and we all felt like he was to young to leave us. I’m so glad your Mom isn’t suffering and know that her spirit is whole & well.God Bless You & Your Family at this difficult time.

  3. Ann Adamson on January 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Phronsie, Samantha and Family,
    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I worked closely with Vicki at the Department of Defense. Vicki was an exceptional co-worker and a wonderful friend! She was a very special person and I will miss her. I am sorry that I won’t be in town for her memorial service.

  4. Helena White on January 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    May I express my deepest sorrow for the loss of your mother and our friend.
    Love and Prayers for the family.

  5. Sister Mary Laura on January 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I ask that God bless and console Vickie’s family at the time of her death.

    Most sincerely,

    Sister Mary Laura

  6. Angela Hanch Mullen on January 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

    To my friend and her family- I am thinking of you and share in your sadness. So many memories of your mother! Spending many hours at your house, what a blessing to have known her. She is at peace and in our hearts. Love, Angela

  7. Ana Marie Galvan on January 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm


    We will miss at our knitting guild meeting.

    I pray you are at peace now, I will think of you often and imagine you still knitting your socks.

    God Bless You

    Ana Marie

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