Vickie Ann Ruess of North Cape May died at home after a short illness on Wednesday, December 27, 2023.
Born in 1949 in Teaneck, New Jersey, Vickie grew up in Harrington Park. As the result of a blind date in 1966, she met Ed who would become her husband of fifty-four years.
After Ed's return from service in Viet Nam, they married in 1970. They raised their daughters Jenny and Carrie in the mountains of Sparta and the beaches of Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
In 2017, Vickie and Ed purchased a beach house in North Cape May and made it their full-time residence. A lover of everything beach, Vickie loved a perfect (and not so perfect) day on the sand, collecting shells and beach glass, riding her beach cruiser, and watching the sunset with Ed over Delaware Bay from the bench on Rosyln and Beach Avenue.
Vickie loved the way her gardens exploded in the summer, the yard and borders full of marigolds, zinnias, cosmos – and the seeds she would save to pass on to others for the following spring planting. Always with a book (or two) in hand, she imparted her passion for reading to her girls.
In addition to her unwaveringly devoted husband, Edward, and her loving daughters Jennifer Ann Ruess of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, and Carrie Ann Ruess (Hillier) of Barrington, RI, she is survived by her son-in-law, Derek, and her adoring grandchildren, Lauren Anne and fiancé Nicholas, Stella Grace and Peyton Carl.
Vickie – Bee - Nana was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Emily. Vickie's memory will live on through her extended family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched with her love and spiciness, a flavor that could be savored in every sip of her unforgettable Bloody Marys.
The internment of her ashes and a gathering to toast her life will be held at a later date, preferably in the summertime around her "half-birthday" because she absolutely detested the winter.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her memory be made to any organization of their choice.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Vickie
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Evoy Funeral Home