Victoria J. Fleischer passed away peacefully on May 31, 2023 at her home in Missoula at the age of 76. Vicki was born on August 28, 1946 in Nashville, Tennessee as the daughter of the late George Null and Grace Tiller Null. She was raised and educated in Nashville, including graduating from Vanderbilt University. While working at Yellowstone Park, she found her true loves in life - Montana, animals, and history. Vicki eventually made her way to become a true Montanan, first in Uptown Butte where she worked as banker and where she also married John Alley. John and Vicki later divorced but remained lifelong friends. Vicki eventually moved to Missoula and continued her career in banking where she retired from US Bank. In Missoula, Vicki met and married Joel Fleischer and lived a wonderful life which included travel, pets, and good conversation over some Scotch Whiskey, until his passing in November of 2014.
Vicki was a tough, but giving and generous soul who contributed to many charitable causes in the Butte and Missoula area. In her final months, she proved her life's motto she attributed to her favorite signer Freddie Mercury - "you can say what you want, but just don't make me boring" - as she battled physical illness caused by a lifetime of fighting diabetes and wanted to live her final days on her terms. In her own words, she wished to be remembered as: The Chief Aviation Officer of the Pink Flamingo Society; a Bear lover (real, Teddy and otherwise); a Holland America Line Three Star Mariner; a Latin Scholar; a Vanderbilt Graduate; a Goreyphile (in honor of the author Edward Gorey); a Anglophile that enjoyed the pomp and circumstance of the British royalty; an animal lover and pet parent; a Yellowstone Savage; a Cemetery explorer; a Friend to the Highgate Cemetery; a Friend to the Humane Society of Western Montana; a Friend to Montana PBS; a friend to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula; a Friend to the Missoula Symphony; a prose communicator and practitioner of cursive handwriting, a connoisseur of the outrageous music of Queen; a Champion equestrian with the Middle Tennessee Pony Club; an avid traveler near and far, and; a friend to those who needed good conversation.
Vicki is survived by many friends, former bank customers and charitable organizations that made her life worth living, and her beloved cat Scooter. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Grace Null, her husband Joel, and many beloved pets. A special thank you to all those who reached out and cared for Vicki during the past few months, especially to Marta Pierpoint at the Human Society of Western Montana, the amazing staff at Pintler Wealth Management, Linda and Frank Gregory, Peggy and Larry Kupper, and to Bonnie Malcolm and Denise Sherman and their wonderful staff of caregivers at Case Management Caregiving in Missoula who all learned that Vickie was anything but boring!
Garden City Funeral Home is assisting with fulfilling her wishes to have Vicki's remains cremated and her ashes spread with her favorite English Lavender. In lieu of a funeral service, Vicki asked that her friends hug their loved ones, especially their pets, and make a donation in honor of her beloved cat Scooter to the Humane Society of Western Montana, PO Box 1059, Missoula, MT 59806.
"Tally-Ho" for now Vicki!