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Vickie was born January 10, 1938, and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 30, 2023.
A Celebration of her Life will be held at Fairfield Covenant Church January 5, 2024, at 10:30am with interment to follow at Fairfield Cemetery.
She was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Sterling Colorado into a Swedish heritage. Vickie's father
Bernard Franson made the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the ship Oceania and into Ellis Island at 19 years old settling in the Fairfield Community in Haxtun Colorado. He married Mable "Linnea" Sandquist in 1936. Linnea passed away when she was just two years old. Her father adoringly raised her along with the help of her grandparents; John and Hedie Sandquist. Many housekeepers
came and went until she was seven years old when her father Bernard married Mae Skipworth. Vickie felt very blessed and had high hopes for many brothers and sisters, but she remained an only child.
Vickie attended Fairfield Grade School then proceeded to Haxtun High School where she graduated
valedictorian, at the top of her class in 1955. When Vickie was a sophomore in high school, a Sadie Hawkins dance was highly anticipated and excitement was in the air; Vickie had her eye on the neighbor boy, Harold Hadeen. She had the courage to ask him to escort her and he immediately said, "Yes!"
Vickie headed to college at Swedish Covenant Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL graduating in
Vickie and Harold joined their hands in holy matrimony on October 25, 1958 at the Fairfield Covenant
Church. She remembers receiving her diamond in the last 9 months of her nurses training, only to find out that Harold would still be at sea in the Navy when their wedding date was planned. Fortunately, they were able to change the dates on the invitations and all ended well for 65 years.
Then off to San Diego, California for 9 months while Harold finished active duty in the Navy. Vickie worked at a little osteopathic hospital close to their apartment in 0B and Med/Surg. It was like an extended honeymoon, work and sightseeing intermingled. Following that began the rest of their life on the farm and in the community that Harold and Vickie were raised in.
Harold and Vickie set out to establish their first home at the Franson homestead. Painting the inside and out her favorite color, mint green. She painted not just the house, but the barn, and all the outbuildings. Harold and Vickie raised their three children; Ruth Ann, Mary Lynn and Steven at this farm
surrounded by a good church family, good school, and great friends. Then in 1972 they moved to a larger home 5 miles southeast. Vickie again set to work painting the house and outbuildings the mint green with siding bought to match.
Vickie worked as a Registered Nurse at the Haxtun Hospital District for 40 years; she covered 0B, OR, Med/Surg., ER and ICU. After working 12-hour shifts, she felt like the longer shifts were for the younger nurses, but she continued teaching CNA and prenatal classes to the community. Vickie brought health
and wellness to Haxtun with 9 News Health Fair for many years. Vickie received many awards and
honors during her tenure including a Nightingale Award. She was blessed to have been the Registered Nurse on duty to deliver all her grandchildren at Haxtun Hospital, except for one that was born in
Missouri, but Vickie was present in Missouri for this birth as well.
In 1997 Vickie found her dream home in the town of Haxtun and she and Harold retired in their newly painted mint green home, inside and out.
Vickie and Harold loved to travel. Together they visited Sweden, Israel, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and all but 9 states. They especially enjoyed taking their 5th wheel camper to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Vickie grew up and attended Fairfield Covenant Church since birth. Having the heart of a servant and was very hard working and active, passionate, and creative. She served faithfully as a board member on many boards including the ladies aid, the Haxtun School board and the Haxtun Hospital board; member of the Gideon women auxiliary, bringing her faith with her to all her endeavors. Vickie was a Prayer Warrior, praying for many as she was caregiving at church, home or on the job. Vickie taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday school and many Bible Studies. Twenty-five years of assisting the Haxtun
Community with various projects and participating in the Haxtun Corn Festival as Grand Marshall in
Vickie had many talents; she was an active farm wife who enjoyed gardening, canning and sewing for
her family. Her family would say her cooking skills were the best. She could bake and cook all day. Making and decorating themed birthday cakes for all her children and grandchildren. As a young girl she was taught to speak fluently in Swedish. All her children and grandchildren would remember her "Rita
Rita Runkin" song that she would sing in Swedish.
Her legacy as a RN lives on in her two granddaughters, Chelsea Koberstein and Kimber Mason filling her heart with love. She was very blessed by all her children and grandchildren and their vast accomplishments. She would ask each one many questions, thoroughly enjoying and hearing about each detail of their lives.
In June of 2022 in declining health, Vickie and Harold chose to move to The Carriage House, assisted living in Holyoke Colorado. For the next 18 months, she enjoyed many activities and friendships with
the residents and staff, receiving excellent care. This allowed Vickie and Harold to remain independent and flourish in their surroundings. Just before their arrival a surprise awaited her...a living room wall painted mint green just for her.
Vickie never knew a stranger, making friends easily. She had a big heart and was always eager to help.
If you knew her, you were called her friend.
Vickie is survived by her husband Harold of 65 years, their children; Ruth Ann Engel (Robin), Mary Lynn
Ditter (Greg), Steven Hadeen (Christine). Nine grandchildren; Dominick Collier (Christina), Chelsea
Koberstein (Corey), Shane Ditter (Leslie), Tara Fisher (Matt), Micah Ditter and fiancé Samantha
Hernandez, Kimber Mason (Trent), Elizabeth Carper (Doug), MegAnn Mari (Blake), Kristopher Hadeen and fiancé Rebecca Brom. Fifteen great grandchildren; McKenna, Daisy, Abigail, Ava, Farrah, Genevieve, Brady (Nina), Jesse, Desirae, Kolt, Alexis, Maddison, Logan, Krista and Halley. Sister-in-law, Ruby
Colclasure. Nieces, Diane Hadeen and Lori Favero (Rob), Nephews; Ron Colclasure (Cheryl) and Wayne Hadeen. Their dear exchange student from Sweden Mikael Kautsky (Chris) and family, Lydia, Myles and
Vickie is preceded in death by her parents Linnea, Bernard and Mae Franson. Her in-laws Herman and
Hazel Hadeen. Brother in laws, Doyle Hadeen, Ron Hadeen, John Colclasure and sister-in-law, Bernice
Memorials can be made to Fairfield Covenant Church, at 17610 County Road 40, Haxtun, Colorado