Vickie A. Prosser, 63, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Shiloh Methodist Church, South Hill, VA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Vickie’s honor to the Glioblastoma Foundation, PO Box 62066, Durham, NC, 27715. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600).
Vickie was born March 26th, 1959, in Boseman, Montana to father, Charles Gascoyne Ogburn of Northview, Virginia and mother, Barbara Ann Thatch Ogburn of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Her father was an oil company executive, so the family of six which included her older siblings, Michael, Greg, and Gail, moved as her father’s promotions dictated. From Montana they moved to the Chicago area and ultimately settled in Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduating high school from Hall High in Little Rock, Vickie attended the University of Arkansas Little Rock and received her master’s degree in Journalism, she also brought into the world her daughter Sarah. After college Vickie felt the calling to teach. After a few years of teaching in the Little Rock school district and dreams of traveling the world, a retired teaching colleague mentioned the Department of Defense Dependents Schools to Vickie. This sounded interesting so she applied, was hired and the Vickie we all remember today was reborn. She was off to Vicenza, Italy to teach and of course travel all of Europe with daughter Sarah in tow. Never one to do anything halfway, Vickie became certified to teach many diverse subjects in elementary, middle, and high school from Chemistry, Physics, Japanese and government to elementary music and more. After Europe, Asia was calling. Mother and daughter traveled to Misawa, Japan to teach, raise her daughter and ultimately meet her second husband Steven Prosser who was finishing his Naval career and working part time as a bartender and night manager at the officer’s club on base which she frequented for libations and Karaoke with her friends. She also found time to obtain her second master’s degree in Asian Studies and to learn to speak, write and read the Japanese language fluently. After Steve’s retirement in 1998 from the Navy the couple returned to the states and were married on February 12th, 1999, in Benton, Illinois. After just one year teaching in Benton while Steve pursued his passion in the antique business, the travel bug bit again and it was back to Yokosuka, Japan and ultimately Okinawa, Japan. In 2010 the couple purchased an old family property in Northview, Virginia where Vickie’s immediate family had spent almost every summer with grandparents in the children’s adolescent years. They moved in after much renovation in 2013 and resided in that fine community and made lifelong friends until Vickie’s diagnosis in 2021 when a move to Steve’s birthplace in the Kansas City, Missouri area for medical purposes became necessary. Vickie loved her family, friends, travel (especially Japan), food, teaching, dogs, the Kansas City Chiefs, playing games and playing the piano.
She’s preceded in death by her mother, father and brothers-in-law Tommy York and David Michael Prosser as well as their beloved fur baby Sugar Prosser.
She leaves behind her husband Steven W. Prosser of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, her daughter Sarah T. Raley and husband Brian of Maumelle, Arkansas. Stepdaughters Jennifer L. Prosser, Jeanette M. Razo and Stepson Jeremy W. Prosser all of the San Diego, California area. Brother Michael Ogburn and wife Tamara of San Clemente, California. Brother Greg Ogburn and wife Cindy of Charlotte, North Carolina and sister Gail York of Atlanta, Georgia. She also leaves behind one aunt, two other sisters in law, nine grandchildren, one great granddaughter and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Of course, Vickie also leaves behind hundreds of dear friends worldwide. Vickie enjoyed life to its absolute fullest, saw most of the world and leaves the world a much better place for having been a part of it.