Mignonette (Mig) Williams Hicklin died peacefully at her home on March 1, 2021 following a brief illness. She was 12 days shy of her 101st birthday. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on March 13, 1920, the daughter of Marion Seward Williams and William Hanyon Williams. Her family subsequently moved to Jacksonville, FL. As a teenager she met and after both graduated from college on the same day, she married her childhood sweetheart, William (Bill) James Hicklin, Jr. on Sep 13, 1941. They were happily married for 53 years, until his death in 1993.
Bill and Mig were members of America's Greatest Generation, with the two of them serving our country during all of WW-II, Bill on active duty as an officer in the then U.S. Army Air Corps, starting just 7 days after their marriage. During their first two years of marriage, they moved fifteen times as the concept of airborne assault troops was being created with Bill's engineering assistance. Thereafter she served as one of the many thousands of worried wives left behind for those next two years, while he served in the European Theatre, 434th Troop Carrier Group's airborne assault forces, training with the 101st Airborne troops in England, to the Normandy invasion (for which he earned a Bronze Star) until the fall of Berlin. After returning home in the early summer of 1945, and after just 30 days of family leave, Major Bill Hicklin returned to Alliance Nebraska to help prepare for the airborne invasion of Japan, when the war so suddenly ended. He was soon discharged and they both were able to return to Jacksonville to re-start their civilian family life.
Mig was an only child who wished for a larger family. Mig and Bill were blessed with three children, Barbara H. Harrell, William James Hicklin, III, and Marian (Bunny) H. Johnson, eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
Mig was a fun loving, hands-on mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had special relationships with each and every one of her grand and great-grandchildren; they were all devoted to her. She loved planning family reunions and memorable trips with her daughters. She was optimistic, resilient and independent her entire life. Her legacy is the love and affection of all who knew her, especially her close knit family. For her family, she was a shining example of how to do it right.
Mig was predeceased by her husband, William J. Hicklin, Jr., her father William H. Williams and her mother, Marion Seward Williams as well as a grandson, James C. Hicklin. She is survived by daughters Barbara H. Harrell (William), Marian (Bunny) H. Johnson (Pope) and son William (Bill) J. Hicklin III (Carolyn), Grandchildren Cord (Karin) Hicklin, Will Jr, Chris (Sarane), Martin (Ann), Harrell, James (Trisha), Duncan (Stephanie) Johnson and Mary (BJ) Shepherd, and seventeen world-class great grandchildren: Trey, Alex and Carmen Harrell; James and Drew Harrell; Caroline Harrell; Benjamin, Christopher and Isabella Hicklin; Kate Hicklin; Pope and Cary Johnson; Tiller and Mack Johnson; Eliza Jane, Josie and Virginia Shepherd.
The family wants to recognize Dr. Louis Akra and his caring staff for their decades of devoted attention to Mig's remarkably independent living and longevity, and devoted care givers who recently served Mig with extraordinary tender, loving care. They include Sylvia and Visiting Angels Flor Salinas and Shanta Spears; they all became like family. Due to COVID-19 concerns, a family- only burial service at Oaklawn Cemetery on March 6, 2021 with Father Donavan Cain, Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in her name to the church or a charity of your choice
Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 904-737-7171. Please sign the guestbook at www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com
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Published by Florida Times-Union from Mar. 4 to Mar. 7, 2021.