Ardith L. “Ardie” (Hardlannert) Vickery
August 6, 1921 – April 28, 2020
Ardith “Ardie” Louise (Hardlannert) Vickery was born August 6, 1921. She grew up in the Elmwood Park neighborhood, attended Washington Elementary School, and graduated from Benson High School in 1939. After two years at Omaha University (currently University of Nebraska at Omaha) Ardie transferred to Iowa University in Iowa City where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
On January 7th, 1947, Ardie married Dr. Robert D. Vickery. They lived a block away from her parents for several years before building a home “way out in the country” near 99th and Center in 1960. She later lived many years in the Regency neighborhood before moving to Sterling Ridge in 2017. Ardie loved her final home at Heritage Sterling Ridge, the many friends she made there, and the kind people who cared for her.
Ardie was an active member of the Omaha Doctor’s Wives Club, the Pi Beta Phi alums, the D.U. Chapter of P.E.O, Who’s Who International, and the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Altar Guild. For many years she served on the board of the Hattie B. Monroe Foundation and delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly and housebound. Until the last couple of years, Ardie continued to enjoy her book club, bridge groups, and church activities. She was still playing golf into her early 90’s.
Ardie lived in gratitude, approached life and all it brought her with a stoic, pragmatic, generous, forgiving and accepting heart. She had “big love” for her friends, and most especially for her family. She had warm relationships with each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they adored her. Her mantra was “I can’t complain,” and she didn’t. A friend once told her daughter, “You got your mom at The Good Mom Shop,” and that was the truth. She also loved Santa Claus, and of course, Jesus.
Ardie spent her last month at her daughter’s home where she died peacefully in her sleep April 28th. She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Elmer Hardlannert; her husband, Robert Vickery; and her lifetime sister-friend, Norma Jean Griffith. She is survived by her children, Robert “David” Vickery Jr. (Paige) of Laguna Nigel, California, and Alison Rider of Omaha; 5 grandsons: Jason Vickery (Susi) of Temecula, CA, and Joshua Vickery, Aaron Rider (Melissa), Adrian Rider (Sarah) and Andy Rider (Rachel) all of Omaha; 2 granddaughters, Courtney Vickery (Steve Massa) of San Clemente, CA, and Megan Rider of Seattle WA; and 13 great-grandchildren.
We are all so sorry we can not properly celebrate her life with each other and with the multitudes whose lives she touched. But she would have loved the simplicity and quietness of this gathering and for the peaceful passage she had leaving us for her next adventure.