A. Marie Hickman, 91, Belmond, went home to be with her Lord on Aug. 13, 2019 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Services were held Aug. 17 at the Belmond United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Belmond Cemetery.
Adrianna Marie was born at Ocheyedan to Ike and Jennie (Monster) Zevenbergen on April 12, 1928. Later the family moved to a farm near Ashton. She attended country school through 3rd grade, then public school at Ashton. In the 6th grade she began playing high school basketball and she earned her first high school letter. She really enjoyed traveling all over northwest Iowa to play basketball at different schools. She sang second soprano in the chorus, and was the salutatorian of her graduating class.
Marie enjoyed working with her dad on the farm. She learned to milk cows, feed hogs and do other necessities. This was the beginning of her lifelong love of animals that included many cats and dogs, and frequently caring for her “grand-dogs”.
Marie started college at Morningside in Sioux City, then she transferred to Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis where she studied English and met Paul Hickman. She always cherished the fact that Billy Graham was the college president during her time there. While in school, Marie and Paul were married on August 24, 1949. At the end of their junior year Paul was called back into military service. They spent a year at Camp McCoy, WI, then Paul finished college. Upon graduation he began working for J. C. Penney. After a year Paul decided to go into teaching. He taught one year in Madrid, and then in Belmond, where he taught for 33 years.
Marie was always interested in mission work. She spent hours at her sewing machine making baby blankets and kimonos. She also tore and rolled bandages,which were sent to Africa. She taught Sunday School for 55 years and was involved in youth ministry, ladies ministry, and Christian Women’s Club. She was a charter member of the Belmond Evangelical Free Church. She was a long-time member of the Belmond-Klemme Booster Klub and could be seen at many school activities over the years.
When Marie was 70, she began managing the concession stands for all six high school sports. She really enjoyed the work and became known as the Popcorn Queen. She was 80 when she finally had to give it up.
She was always focused on faith, family and friends. She truly enjoyed having the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren spend time with her. She loved the Cubs and the Hawkeyes. She was a great cheerleader and always offered encouragement to others.
Above all else, she wanted her life to be an example of Christ’s love and care. She always felt that God was with her.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Paulette (John) Andrews of Belmond, David (Joan) Hickman of Mason City, Scott (Angie) Hickman of Belmond, and Roxanne (Dennis) Schlader of Iowa City; grandchildren Wendy (Nick) Nielsen of Cedar Rapids, Krisha Andrews of Honolulu, HI, Kristin (Chris) Fox of Norwalk, Matt Hickman (Sarah Schlax) of North Liberty, Jeffrey Hickman of Belmond, Jessica (Zac) Smith of Manly, Cody Schlader of Iowa City, and Ciarah (Michael) Maize of Greensboro, NC; great-grandchildren Roman and Connor Nielsen, Anna, Easton, Carter and Zander Fox, Hailey and Ayden Hickman, and McKinley and Kambri Smith; and her brother Lee (Kay) Zevenbergen of Knoxville, TN.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband Paul (Oct. 7, 2005); sister Deana Kruger; niece Louise Kruger; and grandson Dennis Andrews (July 1997).