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Margery D. Hickman

AGE: 93 • Berlin

Margery DeChant Hickman, 93, of Berlin, MD, and formerly of Millville, DE and Philadelphia, PA passed away on June 6, 2017 at Coastal Hospice of the Lake.

Margery is survived by her three children Bruce, Katharine (Taf), Nancy; grandson Adam, grandson Matthew, with his wife London; and two great-grandchildren, Austin and Evan.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Thomas W. Hickman; brother, Edward S. DeChant; daughter-in-law Denise and granddaughter Annie.

Margery grew up in Philadelphia. She met her future husband, Tom, while they were both students at West Chester State Teachers College. When Tom enlisted to fight in WW II, Margery waited for him, finished her degree, and landed a prestigious teaching position in the kindergarten of the Temple University Demonstration School. When Tom returned from combat, they were wed immediately, August 14, 1945. They were married for 69 years.

A few years later they moved to rural Millville, DE. They bought an abandoned, overgrown farm along Whites Creek and over many years, and with the help of family and friends, they built a house and a working farm. There they raised ponies, sheep, hogs, chickens, the occasional heifer, and their lucky children. For many years the conditions were rustic, with no plumbing, electricity, or phone.

Neither Tom nor Marge knew much about farming, but they made it work through a combination of ingenuity, good advice from neighboring farmers, hard work, determination, and a lack of other options. Marge was the resident "veterinarian," and the problem-solver. As Tom said late in his life, "Your mother was the brains; we'd have never made it without her." Which everyone had always known.

Marge taught kindergarten and fourth grade at Lord Baltimore School in Ocean View for many years. When she retired, she was delighted to have time for her knitting and needlework. Marge was a master knitter, having been taught by her own mother, and she was rarely without a project. She began a second career working in a needlework shop and teaching knitting.

Marge will be remembered for her many years of teaching and for the beautiful needle art she created. She will especially be remembered for her gracious strength, her good natured approach to life's realities, and her ready sense of humor, all of which, remarkably, remained vibrant through the last several years of physical decline and challenge.

Friends are invited to a Memorial Service for Margery on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Rd., Ocean View, DE 19970. The service will begin at 11 AM, with visitation from 10 AM to 11 AM, and a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: (Memorial Donations, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148) or Coastal Hospice (PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21822-1733).

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com
Published in The News Journal from June 10 to June 12, 2017
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