Mary Marthens Hickman Obituary

Mary M. Hickman

Christian and teacher

Mary Marthens Hickman, 98, of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, formerly of 243 West Greene Street, Waynesburg, died at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2000, in Greene County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg, following a brief illness.

She was born February 15, 1902, in Springdale, a daughter of John Kirk and Emma Wynona Shipley Marthens. She was born in the parsonage of the Methodist church of Springdale.

Mrs. Hickman spent her early life in Springdale and moved with her husband to Turtle Creek. In May of 1929, they moved to Waynesburg to live with Mr. Hickman's uncle, John Hickman, for whom Mrs. Hickman later became caregiver.

She was a dedicated Christian and active member of First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg for more than 70 years. She taught Sunday school and sang in the choir and was a former superintendent of the church. She supported missionary causes locally and at the national level.

Mrs. Hickman graduated from Slippery Rock University by taking summer classes and extension courses.

At the age of 18, she began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Allegheny County. She continued teaching in Allegheny County for nine years and returned to teaching after her children were grown. For 19 years, she taught in Greene County, including three years in Bobtown and 16 at East Ward School in Waynesburg. Following her 1967 retirement, Mrs. Hickman tutored students in reading and phonics.

On December 25, 1926, she married Clarence Gilman "Shorty" Hickman, who died August 14, 1970.

Surviving are a daughter, Joy Upham of Conway, Ark.; a son, Floyd Hickman of Ocala, Fla.; four grandsons, Bruce and Steve Upham, Major Mark Hickman and Alan Hickman; five great-grandchildren; six nieces; 12 nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Deceased are two sisters, Margaret S. and Elizabeth S. Marthens; and four brothers, Arthur S., Richard S., Paul S. and Kirk S. Marthens.

HICKMAN - Friends of Mary Marthens Hickman of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, formerly of 243 West Greene Street, Waynesburg, who died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, in First Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg, with Dr. David Barrett officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township. The family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, College and Richhill Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, or the Salvation Army.

Greene County Observer-Reporter, April 27, 2000 (Greene County, PA)

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