LEWISTOWN - Alice Marie Vogt, 65, of Vinton, Va., lost her courageous five and a half year battle with ovarian cancer on March 22, 2014.
Alice was born the daughter of Marie and Pastor Kenneth M. Dickey. She was predeceased by her father who passed away in 1995. Her mother lives in Orange Park, Fla.
She is survived by: her husband of 17 years, L. Owen Vogt Jr; her brother, Kenneth (Judy) Dickey, of Kentucky; a sister, Virginia Wells, of Pennsylvania; two stepsons, Lieutenant Colonel Tobias O. (Annelie) Vogt, of Fort Washington, Md., and Major Zachary (Kimberly) R. Vogt, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two grandchildren, Ryan Vogt and Caroline Vogt.
Alice was an accomplished and well respected clinical nurse specialist in the field of psychiatry. She began her nursing career as a diploma graduate in 1970 from the Beebe School of Nursing in Lewes, Del. She then received her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. In 1979, she reached her goal of obtaining her Masters of Science in nursing, with a focus in psychiatry as a clinical nurse specialist and began seeing her own patients in the clinic setting. She also started Sun Home Health in Lewistown.
In 1997, Alice met the love of her life when her future father-in-law arranged a date with his son, Owen Vogt. Roanoke, Va., became their home when in 1999, Owen was transferred due to his job with the railroad. Alice was quick to find roots in the Virginia area as a clinical nurse specialist, obtaining employment with Carilion in 1999. She remained in this position until December, 2010, when she retired.
Alice was full of life and unstoppable. She was involved in many diversified activities including quilting camp and quilting groups. One of her proudest projects to date was an ovarian cancer quilt for which the pattern has been published. Her quilt was titled, "Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer." The quilt was completed today, by her special friend, Cindy Smith.
Alice was the subject of a 2012 article in Our Health magazine. Alice, a self-identified "optimist," spent her time working on her quilt and speaking through the Ovarian Cancer Support Group. Alice became involved in many clinical trials for ovarian cancer treatment in an effort to benefit future ovarian cancer patients. With the help and guidance of Dr. Janet Osborne and her medical team, including the staff of 10 south at CRMH, Alice launched an assault on the disease and despite many difficult days, never gave up. She was passionate on breaking the silence on ovarian cancer.
Alice and Owen were members of the Roanoke chapter of the Harley Owner's Group. When asked if she rode a Harley, she quickly would reply, "No, I have a driver." Alice and Owen have spent many days, nights, hours and minutes with the friends in this group.
Alice was also a well-known "Martha Stewart II." She served many unique meals with love in her home and she loved the company of friends.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church, Vinton, Va., with the Rev. B. Failes officiating.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel.
There will be a subsequent funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Ellen Chapel Church, Lewistown, with the Rev. Mark Hill officiating.
Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m Friday, March 28, 2014, at Barr Funeral Home Inc., 120 Logan St., Lewistown.
Interment will be in Mount Rock Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Alice's name to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 901 E. St., NW, Suite 405, Washington, D.C. 20004, Thrasher Memorial Methodist Church, 707 E. Washington Ave., Vinton, VA 24179 or Angels of Assisi, 415 Campbell Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016.