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Betty B. Vice

Obituary for Betty B. Vice

January 3, 1926 - March 21, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 94


It is with enormous sorrow that we must share the news of Betty Vice's passing yesterday. Betty's health had declined over the past year, particularly since the loss of her beloved fur-baby Sassy, and sadly she took a turn for the worse in the last few weeks.

Gone too soon and leaving behind her a memorable presence and our great respect for her energy, colorful spirit and fierce devotion to her husband, Betty was always a force with which to be reckoned. During her days at Kelly Air Force base where she first met Dr. Vice, Betty was one of their first women engine managers and worked in logistics as well, ultimately moving to the top in civil service ranking. Betty and Tom's niece, Sherri Cox, told us "Even the general knew she was the general out at Kelly!"

Betty's penchant and talent for all-things beautiful led her after leaving Kelley to take on a new career in interior design, ultimately starting her own business, New Horizon Designs, and commandeering numerous projects for area hotels, restaurants and other settings. In the early 1990s she began managing and handling all the administrative activities for Dr. Vice's veterinary clinic, then-named Broadway Animal Hospital. Cheryl related, "My Uncle said he didn't need a general, but what could he do, he also lived with her!"

Her flair for design was replicated in her and Dr. Vice's own home that included numerous items from their travels across the country and around the world, especially to Asia. And for anyone who knew Betty and Tom, it was clear that they shared a love of joyful, bright colors that was often reflected in their attire as well – we also think it represented the life they shared. And as with everything they did, they always complemented one another beautifully. Well, except maybe for Betty's love of high heels that over the years sometimes got her in a bit of trouble. After a bad fall years ago while attending a design show in Dallas, Dr. Vice told us that all Betty wanted was to get through the recovery and physical therapy so she could wear her beloved stilettos again!

Betty's absence will be keenly felt by so many friends and family to whom we offer our deepest condolences. If there is any comfort to be had now, we feel certain that she is with her beloved Tom again. So when you look up in the sky tonight, and hopefully it will be a clear night, keep an eye out for two very bright stars – we know Dr. Vice's star was already there and if Betty has anything to say about it, all the other stars moved over to make room for her to be right there beside him.

Please do not send flowers.

For those who would like to honor Betty as well as Dr. Vice, memorial gifts may be made to the Dr. Thomas E. Vice Fund that supports the animal services programs administered by the San Antonio Area Foundation:

At this time due to the events happening in our nation and our world, there will be no funeral service. We will keep you updated as soon as a memorial is scheduled.

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