For more than five decades, Vaudene “Viky” Rose Fable Pedigo served the Williamsburg area as a teacher and librarian.
She was found in the halls of Matthew Whaley Elementary School, The College of William & Mary and Rawls Byrd Elementary School where she touched thousands of lives. Her career began in 1959 and she continued working until the summer of 2015.
Ms. Pedigo, of Williamsburg, died peacefully Sept. 6, 2015, at the age of 80. A celebration of life, open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Williamsburg Woodlands Cascades.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Butler University and a master’s degree from Emory University, according to her obituary. Ms. Pedigo taught at Matthew Whaley Elementary when she first moved to Williamsburg, then became one of the first “Rawls Byrders,” which her obituary states was a “veritable hall of fame of the best and brightest educators of the day.”
Ms. Pedigo was drawn to school positions by her “evident love for kids,” said Stonehouse Elementary Principal Melissa White, who worked with Ms. Pedigo at Rawls Byrd for three years.
“She loved to instill a love for reading, especially in young children,” Ms. White said.
Ms. Pedigo also shared her love of reading and love of children outside elementary schools. According to her obituary, Ms. Pedigo taught children’s literature courses at William & Mary as well as “led efforts to improve minority achievement in education” by helping students receive their GED and teaching English as a Second Language.
Her final years were spent in the Rawls Byrd Elementary library, and Ms. Pedigo “felt her greatest career achievement was inspiring children to love books,” her obituary noted.
Ms. Pedigo often put in hours on the weekends and during the summer, Ms. White said. This was worked into her active schedule, one that included going to the theater and to concerts. She attended many events and often needed to fit in an event between two others. Ms. White joked that Ms. Pedigo had a more active social life when she was in her 70s than Ms. White did in her 30s.
“She said, ‘The secret to staying young was to never go home and stay social,’” Ms. White said. “I honestly don’t think she would have ever retired if it were up to her.”
Ms. White remembers Ms. Pedigo as having a “bigger than life personality,” someone who was truly able to do what she loved for a living.
She is survived by her son, Lance Pedigo, of Williamsburg; and brothers, Larry Fable, of Somers, New York and Robert Fable, of Oceanside, California.
Donations may be sent to the Viky Pedigo Endowment Fund at the Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg, VA 23185.
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Amanda Thames is the obituary writer for WYDaily. Reach her at 757-565-1079 ext. 222 or email@example.com.