Victoria (Vicki) Ellen Conklin decided to go home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Nov. 13, 2018 with everyone she loved by her side. Although she is gone and nothing will ever be able to fill that void, we all know that she is back to her old self again. She will forever be remembered for her ability to make people smile, or the occasional blush, with her sense of humor and her silly dances that made her grandchildren giggle.
Vicki was born to Harvey Hail and Carol LaVonne Hursh on Sept. 14, 1955. As was her style, she made her grand entrance around the cliffs of Walker Lake. She joined her sisters, Kathy Camp and Judy Razon in their home in Hawthorne. Vicki graduated from Mineral County High School where she loved to sing in the choir and play basketball. She also took and passed a chemistry class at Western Nevada College, which she was very proud of.
She married her first husband, Mike Moyle, while she was a junior in high school. Together, they brought their daughter, Brandi, into this world. After many years together, they divorced. Undeterred by these events, Vicki and Brandi set out to make lemonade out of lemons.
Vicki met Steve Conklin while they were both working as guards at the local depot. They were married on March 29, 1980. They soon welcomed their daughter, Melissa, into this world. Four years later, they were given twin daughters Victoria (Tori) and Alexandra.
After tragically losing their daughter Alexandra, Vicki turned to God for the strength she needed to move forward. She taught Sunday School to the children in the community and was an active member in the choir. She praised the Lord through song and prayer and never shied away from spreading the gospel to believers and non-beliers alike. She believed that everyone deserved God’s grace and blessing.
Vicki loved to spend her summers camping with her husband and children at Lundy Lake and taking care of her fur babies, from her duck, dogs, cats, and birds, to her children’s fish and hamsters. She was a leader for her daughters Girl Scout and Brownie Troops. She took pride in her cooking and taught her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren the secrets to her apricot jam, empanadas, fried chicken, crab salad and fudge. She was everyone’s Mom or Grandma, so you could never refuse her offer to feed you.
Vicki was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Carol, as well as her beautiful daughter, Alexandra, whom we are confident she is holding in her arms right now. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Steven, who wouldn’t trade one single day of their lives together. Also mourning her loss are her sisters: Kathy Camp and Judy (Carl) Razon; her daughters: Brandi Leach, Melissa (Mark) Tommila and Victoria (Aaron) Franklin; her grandchildren: Kyndra (Leland) Graham, Haylee Leach, Kaden Sunderland, Seth, Collin and Finley Tommila and Lexi and Riley Franklin; her great-grandchildren: Novalee Schrepfer, Lavelle Graham and their growing baby sister. Vicki also had many nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved with all her heart.
Vicki did not wish to have a funeral. She wanted us all to celebrate her life with a party. In honoring her wishes, we will be having a Celebration of Life for her on Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00 p.m. at her home at 675 B St. in Hawthorne. Mom loved a good potluck, so please bring your favorite dish and join us in celebrating the life of the wonderful woman that never met a stranger that wasn’t soon her friend.