Muriel Cilley Hickey

HICKEY, Muriel Cilley, age 89, went to what she called "My Just Reward" on February 22, 2014. Muriel was born in Corning, NY, the youngest of five children born to Leon E. and Leonette Pettibone Cilley. She graduated in 1943 from Northside High School and married John "Jack" Hickey. Muriel traveled with Jack during his military pilot training. During his last training at Tampa's Drew Field, Muriel fell in love with the area while she was residing in Hyde Park. In 1951, Muriel, Jack, and their three children moved from New York to the Forest Hills area of Tampa. Muriel was an active volunteer with many organizations, including Boy Scouts, Forest Hills Junior Women's Club, St. Clement's Episcopal Church, and her children's schools. Muriel and Jack divorced in 1967, but remained friends. Muriel held administrative positions at Florida's Vocational Rehabilitation Dept., Myers Dental Lab, Del Monte Foods, and Tampa General Hospital. Retiring in 1993, she followed her passion to travel, and treasured exploring and observing the people and cultures of Russia, China, India, Nepal, western Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. She especially enjoyed exploring the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of England, and sailing on a banana freighter to Guatemala. But she always was content to return to her restored carriage house in Old Hyde Park where she lived for a quarter-century. Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother Ruth, her sister Shirley Hawk, her brothers Alan, Franklin, and Roger, an Episcopal bishop, her only grandchild Andrew Jason Schiro, and her ex-husband John Hickey. Muriel is survived by her son Michael (Patricia) of Santa Rosa CA, daughter Janis Schiro (Michael) of Ruskin FL, and daughter Nancy Hughes (Peter) of Tampa. Muriel's family is particularly thankful for the kindness and care of the staff at Cypress Creek Assisted Living Residence in Sun City Center, and to LifePath Hospice's Purple Team. Following family tradition, Muriel's ashes will be spread in the same location as other close family members. A free spirit, who lived life to the fullest, Muriel was very outspoken about social justice issues, endangered animals, and protecting our environment. Her favorite quote (source unknown) was "Why do we kill people, who kill people, to show that killing people is wrong?" This free spirit will be greatly missed by her loving family and her many loved friends.


Published in TBO.com on Mar. 2, 2014