(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
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
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
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
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
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
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