Mary Ann Hickie

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Mary Ann Hickie

Mary Ann Hickie was an inspirational and compassionate mother, nana, sister and friend to a great many who knew her and loved her. She left our world in peace on October 29th, 2021 at her home supported by her closest family.

Mary Ann grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas with her five younger siblings, balancing childhood with helping her mother care for her sisters and brothers. Upon graduating high school, she answered the call of service and received a Nursing Degree from the Newman Hospital of Nursing School in Emporia, Kansas in 1974.

She pursued nursing and healthcare passionately for decades, spending most of her years in Phoenix, Arizona where she also raised her only child, Christopher. Mary served thousands of patients in many capacities throughout her career which included neurology and obstetrics nursing. She then moved into nursing leadership roles where she led numerous projects for several insurance payers and clinical quality improvement initiatives. Her efforts are recognized not only for improving patient care for so many individuals, but for also mentoring her peers to advance in the healthcare profession.

Mary Ann enjoyed traveling with her family and close friends spanning many years, visiting nearly every state in the USA and other countries abroad and was especially fond of her multiple trips to Hawaii. In her later years, she eventually returned to her hometown of Leavenworth and was able to enjoy retirement for a short period before her final journey where her granddaughter, Amber Linn, was truly the light of her life.

She thrived on helping others no matter the need, listening to others in any way she could. Mary Ann fostered so many lifelong friendships and maintained communication with them to ensure they didn't lose touch and was loved and respected greatly for the help and mentorship she provided during these bonds of friendship. She gave generously to many charitable causes over her lifetime, including her church and public television.

Mary Ann is survived by her son, Christopher Hickie (Lori), granddaughter Amber Linn Hickie, and four siblings, Sandra Butler (Kevin), Tom Smotherman, David Smotherman (Theresa), and Vada Smotherman. She always loved us first, and we get to love her last.

A special and sincere thank you to Mary's sister Sandra Butler, and to Kansas Palliative & Hospice Care - especially nurse Megan and nursing assistant Ulysses who all helped provide Mary kind and everlasting comfort in her final weeks and days.

A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10am on Friday, November 5th at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lansing, Kansas and the family welcomes you to attend. In lieu of sending flowers or plants, Mary Ann's wish is that donations be made in her memory to the Emporia State University, Department of Nursing, 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801 for the Nursing Scholarship Fund.

Posted online on November 02, 2021

Published in Leavenworth Times

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Mary Ann Hickie

Belden Larkin Funeral Home

Mary Ann Hickie

Mary Ann Hickie was an inspirational and compassionate mother, nana, sister and friend to a great many who knew her and loved her. She left our world in peace on October 29th, 2021 at her home supported by her closest family.

Mary Ann grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas with her five younger siblings, balancing childhood with helping her mother care for her sisters and brothers. Upon graduating high school, she answered the call of service and received a Nursing Degree from the Newman Hospital of Nursing School in Emporia, Kansas in 1974.

She pursued nursing and healthcare passionately for decades, spending most of her years in Phoenix, Arizona where she also raised her only child, Christopher. Mary served thousands of patients in many capacities throughout her career which included neurology and obstetrics nursing. She then moved into nursing leadership roles where she led numerous projects for several insurance payers and clinical quality improvement initiatives. Her efforts are recognized not only for improving patient care for so many individuals, but for also mentoring her peers to advance in the healthcare profession.

Mary Ann enjoyed traveling with her family and close friends spanning many years, visiting nearly every state in the USA and other countries abroad and was especially fond of her multiple trips to Hawaii. In her later years, she eventually returned to her hometown of Leavenworth and was able to enjoy retirement for a short period before her final journey where her granddaughter, Amber Linn, was truly the light of her life.

She thrived on helping others no matter the need, listening to others in any way she could. Mary Ann fostered so many lifelong friendships and maintained communication with them to ensure they didn't lose touch and was loved and respected greatly for the help and mentorship she provided during these bonds of friendship. She gave generously to many charitable causes over her lifetime, including her church and public television.

Mary Ann is survived by her son, Christopher Hickie (Lori), granddaughter Amber Linn Hickie, and four siblings, Sandra Butler (Kevin), Tom Smotherman, David Smotherman (Theresa), and Vada Smotherman. She always loved us first, and we get to love her last.

A special and sincere thank you to Mary's sister Sandra Butler, and to Kansas Palliative & Hospice Care - especially nurse Megan and nursing assistant Ulysses who all helped provide Mary kind and everlasting comfort in her final weeks and days.

A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10am on Friday, November 5th at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lansing, Kansas and the family welcomes you to attend. In lieu of sending flowers or plants, Mary Ann's wish is that donations be made in her memory to the Emporia State University, Department of Nursing, 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801 for the Nursing Scholarship Fund.

Posted online on November 02, 2021

Published in Leavenworth Times