Marcelle Francis (Reid) Hickman
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Marcelle Francis (Reid) Hickman

October 13, 1920 ~ April 27, 2020

Known affectionately as Grandma H, Mrs. H, Aunt Johnnie or Mom, Marcelle Francis (Reid) Hickman's love transformed the hearts of everyone she encountered. Marcelle passed away on Monday April 27, 2020 at the age of 99. Her life was a great blessing to those who met her. Marcelle's spirit lives on in her immense love that touched so many.

Marcelle was born on October 13, 1920 in San Francisco, CA to Harold and Antoinette Reid and was younger sister to Antoinette (Josie) Reid Winder. At 8 years old, her family moved to Seattle, WA when Harold became a Superintendent with the Port of Seattle. They settled in the Queen Anne neighborhood where Marcelle would live for the rest of her life. She graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1938 and went on to attend the University of Washington School of Nursing.

In 1940, Marcelle's mother passed away at the age of 41. She then chose not to pursue a career in medicine and was employed as a retail clerk at drug stores on Queen Anne Hill for over forty years. Her personable nature and contagious smile led many regular customers to frequently pop-in for a visit with Marcelle. She always gave people her full attention, and when she looked at you with those bright blues you knew she truly cared for you.

On September 4, 1944, Marcelle married Benjamin Harry Hickman at St. Anne Catholic Church. They had two sons, Richard (Rick) Louis Hickman, born July 4, 1946 and John Reid Hickman, born February 20, 1952. Marcelle was the first to tell you that she may not have known much about academia, but she had her PhD in motherhood. Marcelle filled her home on 408 Lynn St. with laughter and love for over fifty years. She hosted many gatherings of family and friends. In 1991, one year after her husband Ben died, she moved just a few blocks away from 408 Lynn St. into a condo on Newton St.

Marcelle was a parishioner at St. Anne Catholic Church since 1930. She was an active volunteer and participant at the parish and school for almost 90 years. Her faith was the cornerstone of her life and her actions embodied her values. She helped organize parish events and she greatly enjoyed being a reading volunteer with the students at the school. For many years, Marcelle attended daily Mass. She had a special devotion to Mary and St. Francis, her middle name's namesake. She frequently prayed the rosary and you could count on the prayers of Mrs. H to have a straight line to heaven. She used to say, "What do you need me to pray for? I'll get on my knees!"

Marcelle moved to Bayview Retirement Community in 2008. While there, her light shone brightly for both the residents and staff. There's nothing she took more pleasure from than sneaking bite sized chocolates into the apron pockets of the servers in the dining hall. She would strike up a conversation with anyone who was sitting alone at a meal, whether she knew them or not, just to keep them company. Marcelle was one of a kind.

Preceded in death by her mother, father, husband and sister.

Marcelle is survived by son Rick, his wife Antonia, her son John, his wife Carolyn (Blume), her niece Storey Ann Winder and her son Tevvis, and her beloved grandchildren: Reid, wife Brynn (MacCoy), Kelly, Sara Stewart, husband Kyle and great grandson Oscar. She is also survived by her most special friends, Roberta Lindahl and Maralyn and Jack Blume.

Our family and Marcelle are grateful for the compassionate care from all the doctors, healthcare workers and the Bayview staff who helped Marcelle over the years. Her grandchildren are especially thankful for John and Carolyn's selfless love, care and comfort they gave their beautiful Grandma H.

On May 4, 2020 our immediate family celebrated a Memorial of Marcelle's life. We are grateful for Deacon Terry Marcell's kindness and his caring visits to Marcelle at Bayview. A funeral service in honor of Marcelle's life will be held at a later date.

Marcelle had one thing she wanted us to remember when she died. She asked us to remember her for loving us as we have loved her. In the words of Marcelle, Mom, Aunt Johnnie, Ms. H and Grandma H: we love you W.A.M.H (with all my heart).

We miss you.

Forever with us in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following organizations Marcelle supported:

1. Seattle Children's Hospital

2. St. Anne Council of Vincent

de Paul

Hoffner Fisher & Harvey

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Published in The Seattle Times on May 10, 2020.
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8 entries
June 8, 2020
I so enjoyed knowing Marcelle. She always had a lovely and subtle elegant demeanor and obvious caring and joy for family and friends that added lightness to the room. I was blessed to know her.
Joanne Gormley
June 2, 2020
Please share my condolences with Rick, John and their families.
I am sad to think that your mother is no longer with all of us in person who knew and loved her.
If there is a larger service for her and the possibility of being included will you ask Harveys to send an email as they suggested.
Thank you.
Yvonne Tardif
May 14, 2020
Marcelle befriended my mother shortly after she moved to Bayview almost three years ago. What a wonderful lady! She was so kind and welcoming to my mom, always. Even as my mom's memory began to fade, Marcelle was a patient friend.

I remember Marcelle as always impeccably dressed and lovely. I enjoyed her sense of humor, the twinkle in her eyes. The last time I spoke to Marcelle she very proudly told me about the birth of Oscar and shared the origin of his name.

Marcelle was just a remarkable person and I am so glad to have known her.
Lisa Elliott
May 12, 2020
I met Marcelle at Bayview and while I was younger we shared many stories about upper and lower Queen Anne neighborhoods. I attended Sacred Heart grade school and she had lived nearby.
Marcelle was always smiling and to me quite an elegant woman..
I had much pleasure in looking for a new headband or pin of a dragonfly, which she enjoyed. Usually blue in color to match her beautiful blue eyes. So pretty and so nice to all. I miss her and will keep her in my prayers.
Peace to her family.
Marilyn Treanor
May 11, 2020
I always looked forward to the days when Mrs. Hickman would come to my third grade class to listen to the children read. She was so kind and gentle and happy to see all the children.
Mary Jenkins
Mary Jenkins
May 11, 2020
Marcelle was my mothers (Ellen McNamee) best friend. They met at St.Anne and had lots of adventures together. Mary Lou Nelson was part of the trio. I saw Marcelle in February at
Bayview . She looked fabulous. She told me how much she loved my mother and how much she liked looking at pictures of all of the ladies. What a wonderful lady she was!
Mary Ellen McNamee
May 10, 2020
Who knew when we moved into our first home together at 412 Lynn Street that it came with the World's Best Neighbor? It certainly did not take long there for us to discover that wondrous benefit of our life on Queen Anne. "Johnnie" enriched our lives with kindness, warmth and generosity, both when Ben was still alive and afterward. There was nothing she wouldn't do to make us feel more welcome or appreciated. Even better was how she happily assumed the role of adapted grandmother for our two young children, Thatcher and Samantha, since they had no grandmother living within 1,000 miles. We moved from Queen Anne in the mid-1990's but I still had treasured encounters with Johnnie at the Queen Anne Thriftway over the years, often with her good friend Roberta Lindahl, and the passing years never dimmed Johnnie's enthusiasm, concern and grace. That was also much in evidence in our annual exchange of Christmas holiday cards long after we were no longer neighbors (although wishing we still were). Each year, I would be apprehensive about sending my card to her on Queen Anne, afraid that I had missed note of her passing since the last Christmas. That Johnnie lived until 2020 before dying at the age of 99 brought sadness today about the loss of such a treasured friend, but also gratitude that she had enriched so many lives from almost a century. I offer my most sincere condolences to her family, especially John and Carolyn who also became friends during our years on Queen Anne. But, most of all, I want to salute one very special life well-lived. A bittersweet adieu, Best Neighbor Ever.
John Marshall
May 10, 2020
Hi John,
Sorry to learn about your mother's passing. Had hoped to see you this July at the reunion but apparently it's now been cancelled. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. All the Best. Peace, Gil Podolinsky
GIL Podolinsky
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