June V. ‘Vickie’ Whitnack
      On Sept. 10, 2010, “My Beautiful
Lady,” wife, loving grandmother and
great grandmother, passed on into
her heavenly reward at the Ridgecrest
Healthcare Center. She was 79.
     A memorial service will be held  
Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. at First
Baptist Church. Pastor Jim Lamb will
     Vickie was born to Carl Victor and
Margaret Johnson in Lawson, Colo.,
on May 31, 1931. She had been a
resident of Ridgecrest since 1980
and previously lived in Palmdale. She
was a very loving and supportive
partner to her husband Fred in his
activities with the Chin Lake Fire
Department during the 1980s and
most especially with the Ridgecrest
Elks Lodge No. 1913 and the
California-Hawaii Elks Association.
     While living in Palmdale she had
been president of the Emblem Club
(a national organization affiliated with
the Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks), and upon her move to
Ridgecrest and marriage to Fred, she
became very actively involved with the
local Emblem Club No. 248, moving
through the offices and up to
president of this club. When a local
club of Elks Ladies was formed, she
at once became involved with them
and became president as well. She
was asked to put together a crew to
run the kitchen during Elks Bingo on
Thursdays and was very successful
for many years in providing food for
the many hungry Elks and Bingo  
players, raising a lot of funds for their projects to assist the Elks and their charities. For many years she
prepared and edited the local Elks’ monthly bulletin along with her close friend Cheryl Preul.
     When a fall broke a knee and Vickie had to have it replaced, her activity was slowed down, and yet
she continued to support her husband and the lodge with whatever she could o to help. As time and a
couple of strokes took their toll, she just kept going. She traveled all over the country with her husband
visiting relatives, grandkids and great ones, attending conventions, etc. She never wanted to give up and
just sit back until the last few months. She loved people, and everyone she met came to love and
respect her. As her health declined she fought the good battle, until our Lord called her home and ended
her pain. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, and remembered for her beauty of body and
spirit and her unfailing love and support of her husband, extended family and friends.
     She is survived by her loving husband Fred, of Ridgecrest; sister Anna Kay Hedge and husband
Delmer of Perryville, Mo.; son Ricky Medkief of Houston, Texas; daughter Dorinda Medkief of Largo, Fla.;
stepson Gregory L. Smith and wife Laura of Mackay, Idaho; brother-in-law Gary Whitnack and wife Cheryl
of Red Bluff; sisters-in-law Jerry Sue Lewis and wife Paul of Ridgecrest,  Deborah Weakland of San
Jose and Rana Fyffe and husband David of Orangevale; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren
and 22 nieces and nephews.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Gertrude Lingo and Lenore Dickinson, and son
John Medkief.

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