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, http://www.smuuchurch.org/ with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care http://www.kansascityhospice.org/.