Heaven now has a new choir master-
Vicki Rae (Manning) Geis passed away Friday, December 18, 2009 at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA.
She was born on April 11, 1953, the middle of three daughters gifted to Donald Ray and Lyla M. (Harris) Manning in Grangeville, Idaho.
Vicki spent most of her life on the Camas Prairie that she loved. She worked as a professional secretary for the State of Idaho, serving several different agencies and office locations. She was also a licensed log-scaler in the forest industries. She loved animals and always had a special pet in her life. She loved gazing at the stars, studying the clouds and curling up in a patch of sunshine with a good book at Rawhide Flats.
She was an avid reader; enjoyed beading and making her own jewelry; crocheting and serving her church and community. The love of her life, though, was music. From the age 4, she was singing and playing the piano. She later added the guitar and pipe organ. She even traveled to Zimbabwe, Africa in 1994 on a musical mission to share her voice and love of the Lord to help open and support the music department for Africa University.
She married John X. Geis on April 11th, 1983 on her 30th birthday in Reno, NV. They built their dream home on the canyon fringes of Cottonwood Creek. He was her knight in shining armor- and they shared a life of friendship, love and stability.
She is survived by her parents, Don & Lyla Manning of Lewiston, ID; sisters Shari Smith of Spokane, WA and Lori Manning of Clarkston, WA; husband John X. Geis of Grangeville; daughters & husbands, Dioncia (VonBargen) & Ron Miles of Everett, WA, Kelly Jo (Geis) & Lloyd Land of Clarkston, WA, and Jonna Jean (Geis) & Jim Rossiter of Lewiston, ID. The apples of her eye were her six grandchildren, Onika & Gabrielle Miles, Nick & Alexis Land, and Amy & Xavier Rossiter.
Her adult life was plagued with chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia illnesses that often clouded her everyday life. She often was heard to say that her daughter Dioncia was her rare gift from God and closest friend. Their close relationship was often admired by onlookers. Her dedication to family, friends, church, and community will be missed.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, on Main Street, in Grangeville. Inurnment will follow the services at Prairie View Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.
Memorials may be made to Africa University c/o the United Methodist Church in Grangeville.