Mary Jane (Dotson) Vickery

September 6, 1929 ~ June 7, 2019 (age 89)


On Friday, June 7th, 2019, Mary Jane Vickery, beloved Mother and Wife, passed away peacefully at the age of 89 in North Pole. Mary Jane was born as Mary Jane Dotson in Mapleton, IA, on September 6th, 1929. At the age of 19, Mary Jane joined the Army and worked in the Army Hospital making sure everything ran smoothly for patients and doctor’s alike in Tokyo, Japan. While she was enlisted, she met her soon to be husband, best friend and partner, James, who was in the Army as well. On December 6th, 1951 in Tokyo, Japan, James and Mary Jane were married.


Eventually they made their way to North Pole, Alaska, and made their home here for the next 60 years. She was both a fantastic gardener and baker, the vegetables out of her garden were unbelievable and every Christmas her homemade treats were amazing, with lots of businesses benefiting from her generosity. Mary Jane also loved to have her friends over to play canasta together.


Mary Jane is preceded in death by her husband James, and survived by her sons Doug Vickery of North Pole and David Vickery of New Jersey. Per her wishes there will be no services.


The family would like to thank Fairbanks Hospice for all their love and support during her last days.  But a special thanks goes to Eagle’s Wings Assisted Living in North Pole for giving Mary Jane the best care possible over the last year.  We can not thank you enough for all the attention you gave Mary Jane!


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