Madeline Alice Vavricka passed away 03/25/2021 after a short battle with pneumonia and eventually kidney failure and other complications. Madeline was born in England on 06/06/1942 to George and Alice (Green) Holt. She moved to America to be near her sister, Eileen and her husband. She lived in Oklahoma until the mid 1970’s and then moved to Napa, CA. Once settled, she started working at Krug Winery until she found a job working for Dr. Darter and Dr. Wood in St. Helena, where she worked for 32 years as a medical receptionist. She took pride in her work. She met her husband, Richard “Dick” Vavricka through a friend and went horseback riding. Dick didn’t have a horse, but his friend Harvey had a mule, so off they went. That ride changed their life forever and they ended up getting married on 02/19/1980 in Reno, NV with the Reverend Dr. Love officiating.
Madeline’s hobbies included quilting and her quilt guild, reading, watching any English related TV shows or movies and horseback riding. She belonged to the Saddle Jackets in Napa. She was one of the founding members of Skyline Park, along with Dick and worked endlessly to make the park what it is today, spending countless hours making the trails and the trailer park. She loved riding her horse there. For about 10 years, Madeline and Dick belonged to the Buzz Steppers Square Dancers. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Discovery Shop and the Lincoln Theater, there she was able to enjoy many performances. One of Madeline’s favorite things to look forward to, was having her first Early Girl tomatoes from Dick’s garden every year. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, her brother, Geoffrey and brother in Law, Darrell Vavricka. She’s survived by her husband Dick, sister’s Eileen Silvia of TX, Michelle (Clive) Allen and Caroline (Steve) Harris of England, sister in-law Bonnie (Jim) Dimatteo of MO and Suzi Walther of MN. She had many nieces and nephews. Memorials in Madeline’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital
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