Victoria ‘Vicki’ Hanner Askew, also known as Vicki, was the mother of Vince McMahon. Vicki, the lone child of Orpheus William Hanner and Victoria Kennedy Hanner’s four children, was born on July 11, 1920, in Florence, South Carolina. When Vicki was a little child, her family relocated to East Sanford, North Carolina, where she spent her formative years.
Vicki had two kids, Rod and Vince, who were both married to their high school sweethearts and were a blessing to her. Before retiring from the Florida-based Chamber of Commerce, she had a successful career in the civil service as a secretary and administrative assistant. In 2018, as she recalled enduring the Great Depression, McMahon’s mother opened up about her difficult upbringing.
Vicki said, “My mother had to go to work to support me and my three brothers. She started by selling Avon. During the Great Depression, I remember drawing my foot on a pasteboard and putting it in my shoe (the sole had holes and no one could afford new shoes).”
Vicki’s life revolved heavily around tennis. She began hitting balls at a run-down court and developed a lifelong addiction. She refused to play in the ‘Senior League’ and played just until she was 94 years old. Vicki participated in various church choruses and had a lovely soprano voice.
Vince McMahon once spoke of his beloved mother and his stepfather, who abused him relentlessly. According to Vince, his mother remarried when he was six years old. Vince mentioned that he used to despise his stepfather, Leo Lupton who had anger issues. “Leo used to get angry for tiny reasons and used to ‘beat the s**t’ of me, ” said Vince McMahon.
This strained Vince’s relationship with his mother, and he never considered acknowledging her in public. It was primarily caused by a poor childhood. McMahon’s mother lived with her cherished caregiver, Verdell Berry, in The Woodlands, where she last resided. However, McMahon always loved his birth father.
Vince McMahon refused to acknowledge his mother’s death in public
Vicki Askew, the mother of Vince McMahon, died on January 20, 2022, at the age of 101. Although this was a tragic loss, Mr. McMahon continued to be very active throughout the difficult time of losing his mother.
At the Royal Rumble, McMahon was backstage. He reportedly made a number of minute adjustments to the event during the day. Due to his personal loss, he didn’t actually miss any television broadcasts or pay-per-view events.
Vince McMahon’s mother passed, but he didn’t miss television or pay-per-view tapings. We were told he kept the news within a very tight circle.
We were told “It was also kept in very tight circles until the news broke” and he “didn’t talk about it with a lot of people.”
— Steve Carrier (@steve_carrier) January 30, 2022
A long-serving member of the creative team revealed that McMahon kept his mother’s death very confidential. Until the story spread, it was likewise maintained in extremely small circles. Additionally, Vince McMahon didn’t talk about it with a lot of people.
People questioned Vince McMahon’s behavior, wondering if he was more focused on his mother’s passing than on his pay-per-view. Even though Vince McMahon’s mother has left the world, her memories will still be there in her family. She passed away after enjoying time with his son and grandkids.