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Vicki Voyles

(Obituary at bottom) 
 
My life, since high school, has been a series of blessings; being in the  right place at the right time, a little hutzpah and just dumb luck.  The  first blessing was meeting my husband, Buck Fry, at Florida State.  We were  married three days after graduation.  His careers in the Air Force and the  FBI took us to Columbus, Mississippi, Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico,  Mobile, Alabama, and Baltimore, Maryland.  
 
While at Columbus and Ramey, I used my Special Education degree, produced a daughter, Kimberly and pursued a Masters Degree.  In Baltimore, and bored as a stay at home mom, I did window displays for a local Stretch and Sew franchise store.  Why?  A friend told her boss that is what I do.  My boss sent me to Stretch and Sew head quarters in Eugene, Oregon and I was trained as a buyer. 
 
In 1977, we decided it was time to head back to Sarasota.  We had bounced around now for twelve years.  We bought a small gift store on St Armands Circle and ran it successfully by the seat of our linen pants.  That store eventually grew to three. I joined a National group of linen retailers and found myself representing our group on a committee established to help steer the creation of the new textile wing of the Atlanta Merchandise Mart.
 
Back in Sarasota, the City established a self taxing district for St.Armands.  I was named Secretary of the Business Improvement District, an arm of the city government and represented the business owners.  I also served on various boards of the Landowners, Merchants and Residents Association of St. Armand's Key.
 
During this time, Buck was at my side in the store till about 1983 at which time I had to fire him because of too much hanky-panky in the stock room.  He managed to wangle a job as Director of the Police Academy.
 
We were always active in our church, First Presbyterian, teaching the youth group for over 25 years.  One year in particular when anyone asked us how many kids we had, we'd say 42, because that was the size of the class that year and they were always at our house.
 
We met our second "daughter" when her boyfriend brought her to youth group. She ended up living with us and we adopted her in every way but legally.  She became a big sister for our daughter, Kim, and to this day we consider her our own.
 
We have always enjoyed boating either in our own boats or on cruise ships. We have given our grandchildren the travel bug by taking them on trips rather than giving them gifts of another nature.  Their memories will include Disney Cruises, Costa Rica, (I recommend the canopy tour by way of the zip line) and Mexico.
 
Our lives lately have been centered around travel and our beautiful grandchildren, Nathan, Josh, Isabella, Vincent and Hope.
 
Vicki Voyles Fry
 

Published in Herald Tribune from April 22 to  April 23, 2011
 
Fry, Vicki Voyles
July 14,  1943 - April 17, 2011
 
Vicki Voyles Fry, 67, of Sarasota died April 17,  2011. Vicki was born in Muncie, Ind. on July 14th, 1943. Vicki moved to  Sarasota in 1955 with her parents, Grover and Martha Voyles and her brother,  Jeff.

She graduated from Sarasota High School in 1961. She went on to Florida State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Special Education and  was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and met her soul mate, Buck Fry. They  married on April 25, 1965.

Vicki became the first special education teacher  in Columbus, Miss. in 1965. She later taught special education at Ramey Air  Force Base in   Aguadilla, Puerto Rico from 1968 until 1970, where she also earned  her Master's Degree in Educational Administration.

She moved to Baltimore in  1972, where she discovered her love for art and decorating. She developed window  and store displays for a local Stretch-and-Sew fabric company where her talents  soon provided her with an opportunity to become a Buyer and Marketing  Specialist.
 
In 1977, Buck and Vicki moved to Sarasota where they bought a  store on St. Armand's Circle which they named "A Little Something". That  business evolved into "A Little Something for Bed, Bath and Table" which  eventually became "The Square on the Circle". Vicki was instrumental in founding  the St Armand's Circle Business Improvement District, where she served as one of  its Directors. This was the first B.I.D., not only in Sarasota, but in the state of Florida. Vicki was a member of the St. Armand's Residents Association Board  of Directors and helped start the St. Armand's Landowner's Merchants' and  Residents' Association. She was recently recognized by the City Commission  of Sarasota with a Proclamation for her community involvement. The Proclamation  declared April 4th, 2011 as "Vicki Fry Day".

In addition to her active  involvement on St. Armand's, Vicki was also a devoted member of First  Presbyterian Church of Sarasota for over 3 decades where she was an Elder, the  Chairman of the Preschool Board for the last 11 years, served on the Committee  to develop a contemporary worship  service, and a youth leader for over 20 years.

As a committed member of the  Bird Key Yacht Club, Vicki served as both Social Chairman and Chairman of House  and Grounds. As an avid planner, Vicki worked on the S.H.S. 50th Reunion  Committee to plan the upcoming reunion at the Yacht Club this May.

She showed  us all that life is not about weathering the storms, but learning to dance in  the rain! Her way of "dancing" was to be with family, whether gathered around  the table for Mexican Dominoes or traveling with her husband. Vicki believed in  creating memories for her family with vacations to exciting destinations. Trips  that her five grandchildren will hold in their hearts for the rest of their  lives.

Vicki is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Buck Fry;  daughters, Elaine and Kimberly; five wonderful grandchildren, Nathan, Josh,  Isabella, Vincent, and Hope and her brother Jeff Voyles.

There will be a  celebration of her life on Wednesday, April 27th at 10:30a.m. at First  Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak Street. At Vicki's request, colorful attire is  required, no black allowed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to  Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota, 1751 Mound St., Sarasota, Fl 34236
 
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