Vickie Lee Pehrson Bott was born on May 24, 1951 in Logan, Utah to Karl Alexander Pehrson and May Anderson Pehrson of Millville, Utah. She was the fourth daughter, followed by two sons. She loved playing being a mom even at a very young age. She also loved school and learning to read. Vickie worked hard in her youth picking beans, beets, and berries. That work ethic stuck with her throughout life.
At the young age of 16, she started dating Randy LaMar Bott. They served together at the MillBurger at the Cache County Fair. During their break, they went to see the animals together, where they held hands for the first time - they’ve been doing that ever since. Two and a half years later, Randy proposed to Vickie on Christmas Day, 1968. They were sealed for eternity on September 19, 1969 in the Logan Utah Temple.
Their first home was in Logan, Utah. They were blessed to become parents to Jennie Lynn and Jami Rae during this special time. Vickie loved being a mother at last. From those very early days, she loved decorating and beautifying her home.
In 1975, they moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where Melinda Kay (Mindy) and Ryan LaMar were born. Vickie loved making friends throughout her entire life, and North Carolina provided so many special friends. She loved serving in the Junior Sunday School and Relief Society. Her famous fried chicken got its start in Raleigh.
1980 brought Randy and Vickie back to Utah, this time to their roots in Millville. They were blessed with the births of Tyler Joshua and Landon Karl. Their family was then complete. Vickie continued to love serving and blessing lives. She thrived during this time with her creativity. She loved oil painting, designing and creating the city produce displays at the county fair, organizing Relief Society, Primary, and Young Women events and camps, planning wedding receptions, and countless parties. She helped write several plays, roadshows, and poems. She loved to do crafts, decorate their home, and care for friends, family and ward members. When it was time to remodel their home, Vickie would sit on the front lawn and draw out the plans as she looked at the house. Randy would then take the drawings and bring them to life. Even at eight months pregnant, she had a hammer in her hand helping him build the deck. Though she gave a valiant effort at resisting, she often overcame fears to create memories. She towed the beloved “Schooner,” a 12-foot fire engine red sled on steel runners, behind the truck on icy roads. She was well-aware of the imminent danger she was providing to the giggling riders behind.
Vickie and Randy were called to preside over the California Fresno Mission in 1990. Mom loved every single one of the missionaries as if they were her own children. . . all 600. She loved talking with them and seeing them grow. She loved hugging them and even backed a few of them up against a wall to remind them to be kind. Though five feet tall, she was a giant when it came to sharing the gospel and influencing those around her.
In 1993, they finished their mission and moved to Orem, Utah. She loved meeting more people and making more friends. She loved her neighbors and was known for delivering Chicken Soup or a Shepherd’s Pie to anyone in need. During this time, they traveled to countless places around the world, and served missions in Hawaii and Australia. She loved to share the Gospel. It didn’t matter where she went as long as she was with Randy. One of her favorite places was always the cabin, her home away from home. She enjoyed her time serving in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. She also became a mother-in-law and a grandmother. She loved her grandchildren so much and thoroughly enjoyed giving them cookies, candy, cookie dough or cheese puffs, especially right before bed, and then happily sent them home on a sugar high for their parents to deal with. She enjoyed planting flowers with them and having family get-togethers. During their time in the house in Orem, she made sure there was a “cousin cabin” and had great joy in turning another room into a giant stage for the grandchildren. She loved to watch and hear them sing, dance, play and laugh together.
In 2021, Vickie and Randy made one more move to Nibley, Utah. They immediately went to work making new friends in the neighborhood and in their ward. As her health declined, she lamented that her body and mind could not keep up with the desires of her heart to continue to serve as much as and in the way she wanted. Just an hour before her stroke, Vickie and Randy delivered 6 more Shepherd Pies. During her final days she was thrilled to be able to talk with, see or hear music from each of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and countless loving family members and friends. The way Vickie lived the first two great commandments to love God and her neighbors will not be forgotten. As you remember her smile, she would want you to feel a warm hug from her as well. Vickie passed peacefully away on March 15, 2023 surrounded by people she loved on both sides of the veil.
As a family, we are deeply grateful for all of the love and tender care given by Vickie’s doctors, nurses, hospice, and the countless friends and family that have been so supportive during this time. We have felt your love for Vickie and for all of us.
Vickie is survived by her husband, Randy LaMar Bott; her six children: Jennie (Matt Johnson, Cedar Hills, Utah), Jami (John Brady, Madison, Alabama), Melinda (David Rowe, Cedar Hills, Utah), Ryan (Shanna, Nibley, Utah), Tyler (Rachael, Smithfield, Utah), and Landon (Lindsey, Santaquin, Utah); her grandchildren: Jaclyn Nicholson, Ashley Andersen, Claire Mortensen, Christine Johnson, Matt Rowe, Maddie Bott, Laura Brady, Mike Rowe, Raydn Bott, Heather Brady, Porter Johnson, Brian Rowe, Chris Rowe, Taycie Bott, Cambry Bott, and Brinley Bott; her great-grandchildren Jane Nicholson and Graham Andersen; her siblings: Patsy Garrett, Connie Thomson, LaMont Pehrson and Rex Pehrson; her in-laws, nieces and nephews on both sides of the family whom she loved so much. She was preceded in death by her parents Karl and May Pehrson, her sister Glenda Roundy, and many other beloved family members including her dear mother-in-law Dorella Braegger Bott Harris and her sister in-law Jeannine McGlauflin.
A viewing will be held at White Pine Funeral Services on Friday, March 24, 2023 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at 753 S. 100 E. Providence, Utah. A viewing will be held at the Nibley West Stake Center, 1584 W. 3200 S. Nibley, Utah, prior to the funeral on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am. The funeral will start at 11:00 am. Interment at Logan Cemetery.
Those who would like to attend virtually may use the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81308556487
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Missionary Fund: https://donate.churchofjesuschrist.org/donations/church/missionary-fund.html?cde2=807-Missionary-home&cid=Missionary-home-donate-button&