Vickie Lea Whalen Brence, 58, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her death.

Vickie was born in Mexico, Missouri on August 8, 1960 to M. Eugene and Elizabeth (Betty Smith) Whalen, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Community R-VI High School in 1978 and furthered her education at Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg, graduating in 1981. On December 26, 1981 Vickie married John E. Brence, a graduate of theUnited States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Together they made their home in many locations overseas and across the United States. Vickie was a supportive military wife and loving mother to her two sons.

After John’s retirement, Colorado was home to Vickie and John. Vickie worked in Testing at Front Range Community College at the Westminster Campus. Most recently Vickie worked as a Para Professional in the Colorado Springs Public School system. She especially enjoyed working with preschool children with special needs and was an advocate for them. Vickie was a member of St. Gabriel The Archangel Catholic Church of Colorado Springs where she served faithfully to help those in need in the community. Vickie loved the mountains and enjoyed hiking on nature trails with her cousin, Sherry (Mackey) Spotts,who also lives in Colorado Springs. She also enjoyed her dogs Seamus and Bailey.

Survivors include her husband John, son Nicholas and wife and children, son Andrew Richard (Emina) Brence, and parents-in-law Richard and Delores Brence. Three sisters survive; Karen (Paul) Bertels of Laddonia, Linda (Brian) Johnson of Mooresville, North Carolina, and Brenda (Steve) Howard of Pocatello, Idaho. Also surviving are aunts Jean Mackey, Emma Jaccarino, and Mary Anne Whalen, all of Mexico. Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive.

The family has entrusted All Veterans Funeral & Cremation of Colorado Springs with final arrangements. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 14 at the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery. Memorials in Vickie’s name may be sent to the American Cancer Society.