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Victoria Elizabeth Christopherson

1945 ~ 2022 (age 77)


Victoria Elizabeth Christopherson passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Sunday, July 10, 2022, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, along with other complications, on June 28.

Vicki was born Victoria Elizabeth Davison in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 1945, the day after VE Day in Europe, to Perry Woodruff Davison (then a Navy officer working in intelligence) and Elizabeth (Agnes) Knotts Davison, formerly of Denton, Caroline County, Maryland.

The family moved frequently in Vicki’s youth, following Perry’s work opportunities. This included a two-year period in Frankfurt, Germany, where she attended 5th and 6th grades. It was here that she started her serious interest in both ballet and music, particularly the German zither.

Vicki attended high school at Saint Xavier’s Academy in Pennsylvania, the Stoneleigh-Prospect Hill School in western Massachusetts, and Las Vegas High School. She attended college at Nevada Southern University (now UNLV); University of California at Berkeley; then Portland State University (where she met her first husband, William Trew Jordan) before completing her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Vicki and William’s son, Brennan Trew Jordan, was born in 1968.

In 1980, after she and William parted ways, Vicki moved to a family farm near Williston, Caroline County, where she met Dean Lewis Christopherson. They were married on December 27, 1986 and continued to live in Williston. They purchased the house at 4 W. Railroad Avenue in Ridgely in early 1988, where they lived until moving to Deerfield Farm on Shore Highway, several miles southeast of Andersontown, Caroline County, in 1999.

Vicki’s dance career was cut short as a teenager by high arches, but she continued to play the zither, guitar, and recorder until arthritis in her hands impeded her playing too much. However, her enduring contribution to not only Caroline County but the United States as a whole was in art and her contributions to the doll world.

Accomplished at both drawing and watercolor, Vicki took over directing the Denton “Wednesday Morning Artists” from Betty Wise. Her paper doll designs were published in several national magazines, and also internationally. Her watercolor landscapes were exhibited throughout the Eastern Shore.

Under the trade name “Shoebuckle Lane” Vicki and Dean produced a series of finely-detailed shelf houses, featuring prominent and historic buildings in Caroline County and also a number for the Smyrna, Delaware, Historical Society, through her cousin Bronwyn Zolper.

Vicki’s interest in doll collecting started in childhood with some unique dolls she brought back with her from Germany, along with dolls inherited from her grandmother and great aunt. As an adult she became a widely respected collector, researcher, and creator. She was an active member of a number of doll clubs in the Washington-Baltimore area, and even Garrett County in tar western Maryland. Vicki faithfully attended the annual national convention of the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) as far away as Dallas, Texas and her former home of Las Vegas, Nevada, and frequently contributed to meeting preparations. She invariably won prizes, many times using dolls collected from second-hand stores on the Delmarva Peninsula, carefully refurbished and preserved, competing against many better-funded collectors.

For many years the UFDC convention also had competitions for hand-made dolls, following a given theme. Following her mother’s example, Vicki often placed well with dolls she hand-carved from wood with hand-sewn garments.

Vicki was looking forward to attending this year’s UFDC convention in St. Louis in August when shortness of breath brought her to Johns Hopkins and her unfortunate final diagnosis. Victoria is survived by her husband of over 36 years, Dean Christopherson; her son, Brennan T. Jordan, PhD, Professor of Geology at the University of South Dakota; her brother Ellis H. Davison, II, retired Coast Guard Officer and lawyer of Williston, Caroline County; her nieces Sarah Davison-Duffy of Freeport, New York and Elizabeth Davison of Alexandria, Virginia; great-nephews Ethan and Alex Duffy of Freeport, New York; cousins JOK Walsh of Denton and Bronwyn Zolper of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; and also step-grandchildren Caleb Dylan Jephson of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Justine Noelle Jephson of Portland Oregon along with step great grandchildren through Brennan’s wife Jeanne.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 noon Friday, July 15, 2022, at Moore Funeral Home, P.A. located at 12 South Second Street in Denton. The interment will be private. A reception will follow at the Museum of Rural Life in Denton. The family requests for all to please wear masks for the safety and health of all. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests planting a tree or daffodils into your garden in remembrance.

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July 15, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Funeral Service
July 15, 2022

12:00 PM
Moore Funeral Home, P.A.
12 S. Second Street
Denton, MD 21629

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