Anne Victoria "Vicki" Washburn

Anne Victoria "Vicki" Washburn of South Burlington completed her journey through this life on April 24, 2016 surrounded by family and friends at the UVM Medical Center after a brief struggle with cardiovascular disease. She was 69. Vicki was born and raised in Manistique, a small city on the northern shores of Lake Michigan on Michigan's Upper Peninsula on September 26, 1946. She was the daughter of the late Franklin C. Creeden and Leocadia 'Sis' Creeden (Olesak).

She graduated from Manistique High School and earned a Bachelor Degree from Michigan State University. She relocated to the Washington D.C. area with her husband at the time, and began her first career of raising her children. In 1976, the family relocated to South Burlington, VT. Once the children were raised, she began her second career at the Internal Revenue Office in Taxpayer Service in Burlington in 1987, where several of her colleagues became her dearest lifelong friends. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting and maintaining stubborn devotion to all of those fortunate enough to have been close to her. She loved all wildlife, but was particularly drawn to the free spirited lifestyle enjoyed by birds.

Vicki is survived by her children; Paul Washburn and his companion Kelly Shepard of South Burlington; and Jessica Washburn, her companion Kyle Ellingson, and beloved grandsons Chancelor and Braddock Olsen of Polson, MT, as well as her ex-husband James Washburn of Shelburne. She also leaves sisters Maureen Leech and her husband Jerry Leech of Manistique Michigan, Rosemary Cox and her husband Terry Cox of Chelan, WA, Mary Creeden and her husband Bruce Peterson of Circle Pines, MN and her brother Andrew Creeden and his companion Kathy Kloss of Republic, MI, 6 nieces and 4 nephews.

Celebrations of her life will be held on Friday, April 29th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, 472 Meadowland Dr., Suite 7, South Burlington, Vermont and at a date to be determined over the summer in Manistique, MI.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Rd, Huntington, VT 05462 or http://www.birdsofvermont.org/do nate.php.