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|Dolores Rose Hicklin|
Paradise Valley, AZ
published on March 8, 2015
(DEE) J. ROSE HICKLIN
After a brief but courageous battle with cancer, Dolores
Hicklin went to be with our Lord on March 5th, 2015 in Paradise Valley, AZ at
the age of 80. She leaves behind her husband of 57 years, Robert Hicklin; daughters
Debbi Wood, Glendale, AZ, Terri (T) O'Reilly, Scottsdale, AZ, and Robyn Olabi,
Scottsdale, AZ and her son Bart Hicklin, Des Moines, IA.
Dee was born on
November 10, 1934 in Osceola, IA, to father Harold Crabb and mother Dorothy. Grandparents,
many Aunts, Uncles and cousins lived in this rural Iowa community. Large family
gatherings and always with enough food to feed the neighbors was the order of
the day. She had a loving family with her two brothers Darrell and Stanley.
met Bob Hicklin when they were grade school classmates and enjoyed a great friendship
that developed into love and were married on March 5, 1958. Bob and Dee lived
in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, IA where they raised their four children. Needlepointing
and Antiques were her passion. She owned a Needlepoint shop in Des Moines called
"The Needle and I" and was an enthusiastic member of the Iowa chapter
of Questers International. Dee was also active in fund raising for the restoration
of "Terrace Hill" (The Iowa Governor's Mansion) Dee was a tour guide
on many occasions at Terrace Hill.
After 55 winters in Des Moines, Dee
and Bob moved to the Valley of the Sun in Scottsdale, AZ. There were always activities,
travel and events with family and friends. We enjoyed exploring and traveling
in the great Southwest and especially the perfect climate, even the hot summers
The next 25 years were the golden ones, but while numerous,
they still ended too quickly.
Dee loved life and was a shining star to
all who knew her. She had a wonderful smile and loved to meet and befriend new
people. She had friends all over the country and enjoyed keeping up with their
lives and family. That great smile is now going to be in Heaven.
highlight was her 60th High School reunion at North High School in Des Moines,
IA. She was most happy visiting, catching up with all of her classmates and telling
stories of the 1950s.
Dee is survived by her husband, children and eight
(8) grandchildren, Debrina Foret, Santa Ana, CA, Hallie O'Reilly, Winthrop, WA,
Aubrianna Wood, Huntington Beach, CA, Michael O'Reilly, Bozeman, MT, Bart Hicklin
Jr., San Diego, CA (Ensign USN now deployed on the USS Sampson) James Thomas,
Glendale, AZ, Enzo Olabi, Phoenix, AZ, Abie Olabi, Scottsdale, AZ and her great
grandson Airo O'Reilly, Bozeman, MT as well as her mother Dorothy Rose, brother
Stanley Crabb, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by father
Harold and brother Darrell Crabb.
A Memorial Service will be held at Chaparral
Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd. Sunday March 15th, 2015 at 2:00 PM, with
interment in the memorial garden. A reception at the church will follow; all are
welcome. The family would especially like to thank the staff of Hospice of the
Valley for their excellent work and loving care and for their constant, attentive
treatment. Thanks to Dr. Larry Hostettler for his prayers, communions given and
support to the family during the final few months. In lieu of flowers, please
send a donation to Dee and her family's favorite charity El Zaribah Shriners Transportation
Fund, 552 N. 40th St. Phoenix, AZ 85008 (for transportation of children to Shrine
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heritagefuneralchapels.com.
Dee's 60th North High Reunion in 2013: http://www.ndmhs.com/pages/yearclass1953(2013.60).html