Mary Victoria “Vicki” Morison Houser, of Bristol, TN, passed away at her home of 72 years on March 5, 2022, at the age of 81.  Vicki was born on December 24, 1940, to parents Absalom Kyle Morison and Mary Virginia Trivette Morison in Abingdon, VA, older sister to Annis Kyle and Amelia Richmond.  The family moved to Bristol, TN when Vicki was 10, and she spent most of the remainder of her life in the area.  She graduated from Bristol Tennessee High School, received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Emory and Henry, and received her master’s degree in education from East Tennessee State University. 

Vicki dedicated her life to education and met her late husband James Houser as a fellow teacher at Sullivan East High.  Vicki and Jim were both tireless educators and taught at many high schools and colleges in the area over their careers.  Vicki spent the last 20 years of her career at Northeast State Community College where she enjoyed many friendships with her fellow faculty.

She was a deeply caring person who loved providing for others, both at home and in her classroom. She is best remembered for her sense of humor, and always had a joke at the ready to make her friends laugh. At home, she enjoyed cooking for family and friends and gardening with her husband Jim.  She and Jim spent countless hours on South Holston Lake, where she enjoyed taking her friends, children, and granddaughter Holly. She was a devoted, loving mother to children Molly and Ray, and instilled them with the ability to treat the world with kindness and compassion.

Vicki was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years James Houser, son Raymond Houser, and sister Annis Kyle Morison. She is survived by her sister Amelia, daughter Molly, and granddaughter Holly, as well as many cousins.  She was cared for at Bristol Regional Medical Center and by Ballad Health Hospice prior to her passing.  We would like to deeply thank the staff at both facilities for the excellent, compassionate care that allowed her to return to her home for her final days, as was her wish.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the family at  A celebration of her life will be held for friends and family later this spring. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bristol Public Library Foundation, to support access to the literature that she devoted her life to teaching. 

Online condolences may be registered at Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.