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In Loving Memory

Vicki Dolores Swearingen Howison

October 23, 1944 – August 10, 2020

Vicki Dolores Howison passed away on Monday, August 10, 2020.  She was born on October 23, 1944 to Rosemary and William Swearingen in Washington D.C.  Vicki grew up spending time with each of her parents after they divorced in their new respective homes. William and Lorene Swearingen lived with their son John in Corpus Christi while Rosemary and Elmo Watson resided with their many children in Houston, Texas. 

It was in Corpus Christi, Texas where Vicki would attend Calallen High School and meet her future husband David Howison.  David and Vicki were married at an early age and in 1962 moved to Houston, Texas starting a family. Their sons, David and Jeffery, were still young when they moved to Friendswood, Texas in 1971.  Vicki was the Team Mom type and was always involved, dedicating her focus to taking care of her sons.  She attended all of the football and baseball games, swim meets, theater events, never missing a one, while making lifelong friends who were doing the same.  

She provided this love and support all while having several different careers.  Over the years Vicki worked at Friendswood Junior High, Enron, and El Paso Energy, before retiring from Enterprise Products in 2017. She was always very active at work organizing many charity events over the years and made many close friends she still has to this day.  Later in life she was active in the Friendswood Animal Advocates and spent much time doting over her own beloved fur babies.

Once her own children were grown Vicki (aka Granny) found new joy in her precocious grandchildren Trenton, Jamie and Kelsei Howison and later still in her great-granddaughter Kylee Howison. They were her pride and joy as evidenced by the multitude of photographs that decorate the walls of Vicki's home.  She would look forward to every event and be the first one in attendance. She treasured every moment spent with her family.

If Vicki was not at home or with family, you would often find her spending time with high school friends from Calallen or traveling with her life long, dear friend Charlotte Lawrence.  Over the last several years Vicki and Charlotte ventured to Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah, Washington DC, Big Bend, Guadalupe River Resort, Rocksprings Texas and Galveston for Beach House time.  They were busy ladies that took a lot of selfies and made wonderful memories. Spending time with Charlotte introduced Vicki to new friends in Ingleside On the Bay where Charlotte resides.  Meeting these new friends allowed Vicki the opportunity to house sit and take care of the beloved hound dog Ellie Mae for weeks at a time by the beautiful bay water.  These experiences provided much enrichment to her final years. Special thanks to Charlotte and the IOB group for their friendship and acceptance in welcoming Vicki into their circle.

A special acknowledgment to John Swearingen, her brother, who lived with her and provided her with unwavering love and support.  Vicki is leaving a void in so many lives.  Her passion for life, her strength, her vitality, and her unconditional love will be missed. 

Due to current times services have yet to be determined.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Friendswood Animal Advocates at P O Box 722, Friendswood, Texas  77549.

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6 thoughts on “Vicki Dolores Swearingen Howison”

  1. Gregory Pedroza

    It was a pleasure spending this past Thanksgiving together, it was one of the best I have had.Im grateful for the conversation and the chance to meet you Mrs. Howison.

    My sincerest condolences to David and Family,you are in our prayers ,now,and always will be.
    Sincerely,
    Gregory Pedroza

  2. Everyone in IOB that met Vicki fell in love with her perpetually up-beat and happy presence. She was invited to every activity and we tried to keep her here in our little paradise as much as she would let us! But – we knew how much she loved her family, home and fur-kids back in Friendswood. She and I had the love of dogs in common and enjoyed many evenings in the pool, sipping wine and playing with all of our dogs who really loved being around her. If she was sitting on our couch there were three dogs for sure sitting in her lap! We already miss her so much. So hard to believe she won't be coming back for a visit but I am know Angels are rejoicing in her arrival and she has a beautiful place of peaceful rest.

  3. Deirdre Carey Brown

    My warmest condolences to Vicki's family and friends. She seemed indomitable and to hear of her passing was with great sorrow. I met Vicki in 2009 through her neighbor Vera Smart and we became fast friends. I admired her energy and passion. I was thankful to have met her, have her support, be her friend and witness her advocacy not just with Friendswood Animal Advocates but also for her neighborhood. As you grieve, know that we are remembering and honoring her.

  4. Karen Van Auken

    Vicki was a lovely , vibrant lady and a faithful friend of Friendswood Animal Advocates. She will be missed by many.

  5. Julie and I were terribly shocked by the sudden loss of our dear friend Vicki. She was so vivacious, alive and always wonderful to see her beautiful smile. She loved Ellie and all creatures really and everyone was a friend to her. I can say that every time we talked she was so positive and joyful. We weathered Hurricane Hanna together and laughed and joked at the waves and wind as we studied its path across the Gulf. She loved IOB and talked about someday living here. Her last days were filled with photos of friends, sunsets, seagulls and fish swimming below the porch where she sipped her morning tea. To her family and friends, we are so sorry and pray for your healing. We love you Vicki.

  6. Greetings; learning of my special colleague's passing as brought many memories of our years at Enterprise Products, which had me smiling and chuckling. She was a model of an exceptional Administrator, thorough to details, keen steward on the Department's office supplies budget (no hoarding of pens, binder etc.) was just a few skills that made her an true asset to the company. She may not been aware but several of us agreed she was always dressed in sophistication – even at the bowling events. I enjoyed seeing pictures or hearing of her family travels she so proudly shared. I would say to Vicki, I now know a true "Southern Bell" all is missing is your gloves and a parasol. I can image she taught her sons and grandchildren to be kindhearted and give a great first impression. Her commitment to the four-legged pets is worthy of applause. I'm delighted to have been with her to know a bit of her history and taste some of her tasty cooking. I pray we all will have solace from the memories of her – they will bring about smiles.

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