Virginia M. Vendrell

Virginia M. Vendrell

Virginia Monica Vendrell died peacefully at home on June 12, 2020 from cancer.
Vicky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 1949. Her mother and father left Argentina in 1952, bringing Vicky and her sister and brother to the Atlanta area, where they grew up.
Vicky met her future husband, Haywood May, at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina in 1971, and they remained in the area after graduation. Vicky and Haywood took a summer off from work in 1979 and sailed their small boat to Maine, stopping in Southwest Harbor. They were so captivated by Maine in general and MDI specifically that they never left, living in Southwest Harbor and Bernard.
Vicky loved travel and outdoor activities. She and Haywood took numerous sailing trips; they also travelled by land, and they visited Argentina several times. Vicky particularly enjoyed long-distance bicycling as well. She crossed the country several times over a period of 20 years with a women’s tour group, and she rode many shorter trips in the US and Canada with her friend Felice Janes and other biking buddies.
She worked in banking, becoming Treasurer of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, and later Treasurer of Bar Harbor Savings and Loan. She regularly volunteered in her community, working with groups such as the Southwest Harbor Library and Bar Harbor YMCA.
In addition to her husband, Vicky is survived by a brother, Alex Vendrell (wife Jean) of Lucedale, MS; a sister, Silvina Holland (husband Jerry) of Thomaston, GA; a niece, Lidia Oglesby (husband Chris) of Thomaston, GA; and a nephew, Jamie Holland (wife Angela). After her parents’ deaths, Vicky continued to be in touch with and devoted to her siblings and their children and grandchildren.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Southwest Harbor Library, P O Box 157, Southwest Harbor 04679 or Westside Food Pantry, P O Box 767, Southwest Harbor 04679
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21 Condolences

  • Nicole Herz Posted June 22, 2020 4:00 pm

    Dear Haywood, I am so sad and so sorry to hear about Vicky. I worked with her at the Savings and Loan, hanging the art shows. Her enthusiasm and energy for the artists was always wonderful. I also knew her from FIore and she always had which joy for the flavors that she loved.
    My deepest sympathies to you. Sincerely, Nicole Herz

  • Cheryl Cummings Posted June 23, 2020 7:29 am

    Dear Haywood, I am so sad to hear about Vicky. She was a wonderful woman. My deepest sympathy to you.

  • Mary Blake Posted June 23, 2020 8:59 am

    I had the privilege of riding with Vicki on several cross-country bike rides. What wonderful memories I’ll have forever. She saw beauty in a way that made me pause longer than I otherwise would have and her encouragement on the long days, always with a smile, lighten my spirits. She was always non-judgmental, generous, and encouraging to others. The world lost a beautiful soul. I’ll miss her.

  • Wayne & Janet Patton Posted June 23, 2020 10:50 am

    So sorry to hear about Vicky. She was always smiling..brightening peoples day! Thinking of you

  • Bill Weir Posted June 23, 2020 10:58 am

    All of us at Bar Harbor Savings and Loan are saddened by Vicky’s passing . She was a great co worker and a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed by many people in our community.

  • Barbara Hepburn Posted June 23, 2020 11:17 am

    Dear Haywood, I am so sorry to hear about Vicky. She was a great woman and friend. My sympathies to you and her family. Sincerely, Barbara Hepburn

  • Keri Hayes Posted June 23, 2020 6:20 pm

    I’m so sad to learn of Vicky’s passing. Every time I crossed paths with Vicky, often on the carriage paths, her smile and great humor brightened my day. I was often in awe of her energy when I would pass her on her bike or on cross country skis. She was a great friend to Acadia Community Theater over the years. Her spirit will be missed by so many.

  • Kim Harty Posted June 24, 2020 7:19 am

    Vicky was one of the special ones. She was a longtime volunteer and teacher at the MDI YMCA. It was always about helping others. Always a smile.

  • Doris Williams Posted June 24, 2020 9:27 am

    I am so sorry about Vicky. I learned a lot from working with her and counted her as a friend.

  • David Cohen Posted June 24, 2020 2:01 pm

    So sorry to hear of Vicky’s passing. She was a wonderful person, so full of life. I know she will be missed by all who knew her. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends. My thoughts are with you.

  • ann geary Posted June 24, 2020 7:26 pm

    Sorry to hear that Vicky passed away.

  • Chandra Cousins-Raymond Posted June 25, 2020 9:53 pm

    So sorry to hear about Vicky. She was full of energy and enthusiasm. She always complemented our garden on the way by our house on Crockett Point, talked about our calico cat, and asked about our son. Her friendly nature was contagious! She will be missed.

  • Jackie Marchand Posted July 1, 2020 3:19 pm

    I was fortunate to have met Vicky when I first purchased WomanTours. She taught me a lot every time we cycled together. She helped me see the beauty, kindness and humor of life. I hope she realized how thankful I was for the many of words of wisdom she generously shared with me over the years. The world lost her way too soon.

  • Marilyn deHaan Posted July 6, 2020 6:42 pm

    Vicky was my favorite riding partner during several cross-country tours we did together. She was so appreciative of the countryside we rode through, she made me see it through her eyes. We have lost a bright spirit.

  • Sid Moffatt Posted July 20, 2020 6:39 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! I enjoyed bike guiding with her. What an amazing wonderful woman! She will be missed

  • marilyn hutchinson Posted July 21, 2020 6:29 pm

    Many riders who knew her were touched by her kindsness and gentleness. We are organizing a scholarship for a WT tour for a cancer survivors. If you would like to provide a donation please send any amount to Woman Tours. For every $1500 we raise, , a cancer survivor will ride in Vicky’s honor. Pleases note ” Vicky” in the memo. Marilyn Hutchinson and KJ Johnson

  • Patricia Morrison Posted July 21, 2020 10:48 pm

    I rode with Vicky from OR to Yellowstone, and we became “sisters”, at least that’s what we called each other. We laughed, shared quiet times, laughed, rode together, though she loved to climb and I couldn’t keep up. Did I mention we laughed. Vicky gave me a pair of socks on our last day together with a fun note saying she knew I liked them and they wanted to come home with me. She will forever have a special place in my heart. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to ride with her, she was a special one.

  • Kyra Stephanoff Posted July 24, 2020 9:47 am

    I too rode with Vicky on the Women’s bicycle tour from OR to Yellowstone. When Vicky and I discovered that we shared the same wedding date, September 23, 1989, she called us soulmates. We compared notes about how hurricane Hugo messed up some of our wedding plans, and laughed over them and many other life complications; we clicked. Vicky believed that we must have known each other in a previous life which was so sweet of her to say, and touched me very much. I was looking forward so much to seeing Vicky again. She mentioned that she had a health issue but I did not know how serious it was. I will miss Vicky and will never forget the brief time that I spent with my “soulmate.”

  • Joyce Byrne Posted July 25, 2020 3:50 pm

    I am yet another person who rode with Vicky with the company WomanTours. I first met her when we rode the Pacific Coast from WA to S California. I had a minor dietary requirement and in her position as sous chef on that tour, she went out of her way to make sure I got enough of the right food. She was incredibly kind, sweet and thoughtful. I was so pleased to see her again on the OR to Yellowstone ride, Again she was sous chef, and what a hard worker she was! She was always so positive, so upbeat, and fun! And a strong rider too – I can see her in my mind’s eye riding along with Mary Blake. She used to call me “Jasmine” and I would call her “Victoria”. Sweet dreams Victoria, you will be sadly missed. A special one indeed xx

  • Jane Sandow Jones Posted July 27, 2020 9:49 am

    I first met Vicky in second grade in Decatur, Ga. And we were close friends through high school. I have fond memories of a beautiful, intelligent, creative, athletic girl full of energy and fun. Vicky was a special person and I will cherish those memories now all the more!

  • Kathy Holland Trice Posted January 12, 2021 5:07 pm

    Vicky was my best friend from childhood, beginning in second grade. We loved to giggle and do cartwheels in our front yards, ride bikes up and down the streets of our suburban neighborhood, and build forts near the railroad tracks behind Vicky’s house. We considered ourselves tomboys and were proud of it. We stayed in touch through the years with letters and eventually emails. I have lived in Texas for 41 years but I always knew that I had a sweet friend way up in Maine. Vicky emailed me last year with the news of her illness. She said she wanted to thank me for my friendship. I was humbled by the kind things she said about me and my family and, in fact , I was at a loss for words. I want Haywood, Alex and Silvina to know that Vicky was a very important person in my life and I will never forget her. Even now, when I hear that a snowstorm is heading toward Maine I think of her and hope she is OK. I know that she is “OK” now. She lived life well. May her memory stay with us all.

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