Vicki Parriman, 48, a security officer at the Ackland Art Museum, died January 14, 2016, following a sudden illness in December 2015.
Although she had only joined the Ackland Art Museum’s security team in September 2015, Vicki had already left an indelible mark on Museum visitors and staff with her cheerful and warm “Welcome, welcome, welcome!” to all who entered the Museum. She connected with Ackland visitors and staff and always had a positive attitude.
While relatively new to the Ackland, Parriman was no stranger to UNC-Chapel Hill, having worked for many years at Campus Health Services. A Winston-Salem native and a 1990 NC Central University graduate, Vicki was known for her generosity and active involvement with Durham’s Imani Metropolitan Community Church and many community organizations supporting the homeless, veterans, and those affected by AIDS.
Just prior to her illness, Vicki was instrumental in the Ackland Art Museum’s participation in a “Toys for Tots” toy drive. An avid cyclist, she also raised thousands of dollars participating in bike rides for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a cause especially close to her heart as she was a 20-year MS survivor.
A memorial service for Vicki was held in Durham on January 30, 2016.
Vicki leaves behind her partner, Natalie Rich; her brother, Charles; and three nieces and a nephew.
Those who wish to remember Vicki are may give a gift to Imani Metropolitan Community Church, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or a charity of one’s choice.