Mary Emma Hickey born January 6th, 1921 in Streator, Illinois to Opal Land and John Flood. She passed away at Shand's Lake Shore Hospital in Lake City Florida October 18 after a brief illness. She married George Ristau who was killed in WWII. She married William Hickey in 1948. After his death in 1974 she moved to Florida. She retired from the City of Hollywood Florida Park and Recreation as a secretary.
She was a graduate of Broward Community College at the age of 65. She was a person of many talents welding in the shipyard, an accountant and secretary for the Hodcarrier union and the first woman to do construction turning signs on the highway. A lifelong Democrat, a Die Hard Cubbie fan, a Gator, always active even riding donkeys to support her kid's school functions, a 4-H volunteer, member of the Moose, alumni of Ottawa Township High School, a palm reader who made believers of her doctors and friends and family. She was preceded in death by two sisters: Lucille Blumberg and Virginia Bokus and a brother James Brand. Her infant twin brother died at birth..
She is survived by son, John(Joyce) Ristau, Sebring Fl. daughter, Georgia(Fred) Nehrkorn Tequesta Fl,daughter, Colleen Farmer Rock Falls Il, son, William Hickey Lake City Fl. Her daughters. Kathleen Kelly and Mary Hickey preceded her in death.
She had 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
At her request there will be no viewing or funeral and a wish that everyone donate to the charity of their choice.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of
ICS Cremation and
Funeral Home, Lake City, FL