Naomi Violet Hickman

December 23, 1919November 1, 2019

Naomi Violet Hickman, known to family & friends as “Dit”, born on December 23, 1919 in Collingswood, NJ. She was the only daughter born to Harry & Violet Shuts. She is preceded in death by her four brothers, Gretna, Calvin, Harold & Bill Shuts.

She married the love of her life, Joseph Franklin Hickman on September 13, 1941 and they were married for almost 51 years before he passed away in 1992. She is survived by her three daughters, Judith Ann O’Connor, Patricia Ann Hoffmeyer and Jo-Ann Newbill along with son in-laws, Edward O’Connor, Curt Hoffmeyer & John Newbill (deceased), nine grandchildren, 22½ great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

She grew up in Collingswood, NJ and after marriage, when dad came home from the war, they lived in Haddenfield, NJ until they moved to Cape May, NJ in 1947. She worked alongside dad in his photo shop at 3 different locations. In 1956 they decided to pack up and move to Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she worked at several different kinds of jobs through the years. They moved several times to some very interesting places like Birch State Park where dad was a Park Ranger and at the winter home of the NY Yankee’s where he was Head Grounds Keeper for the stadium.

After dad retired they did a lot of traveling in their motor home, which Mom loved. In 1992 dad passed away suddenly so she moved to Largo, FL close to Judy & Ed where she lived on her own until 2008 when she decided she didn’t want to live alone any more. Jo-Ann and John invited her to live with them in Titusville, FL which she accepted. She lived there until January 2019 when we had to move her to assisted living where she passed peacefully in her sleep on November 1, 2019.

She was a sweet loving daughter, sister, wife and most of all “Mother”, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother to her family. We will all miss her sweet smile, her caring ways and most of all her love every day.

RIP Mom, we love you and you are now in the arms of your sweetheart, Daddy.

Arrangements were held under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home 7950 131st St. N., Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.


  • Judith Ann O'Connor, Daughter
  • Patricia Ann Hoffmeyer, Daughter
  • Jo-Ann Newbill, Daughter
  • Edward O'Connor, Son-in-law
  • Curt Hoffmeyer, Son-in-law
  • John Newbill, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Mrs. Hickman also leaves 9 grandchildren, 22 1/2 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren to cherish her memory.

  • Hospice of St. Francis


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 9, 2019


Naomi Violet Hickman

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Pamela Troschinetz

November 13, 2019

My favorite memory was arriving at Dit & Frank's for the weekend and there was a huge pot of chili on the stove and you took care of yourself. Lots of good memories.

Enjoy dancing again with Frank.

Grecia Montes England

November 11, 2019

I remember the first time I met her, she looked so full of joy and independent. She was always doing her puzzles. I remember taking our son Leonard (her great great grandchild) and seeing her smile and laugh with him! Was an awesome moment!! So glad she got the opportunity to met him!! I know she is not longer with us but her stories and memories we had with her will always keep her alive!!! We love you Big Nanny!!! And I’m going to miss you! Her joy and independence will always stay in our memory!!

Debi Doherty (Weisel)

November 9, 2019

Hi Aunt Dit,
I remember you were my mom’s best friend. The two of you would talk about everything, good and not so good. You always went down to the beach with us, using your special suntan lotion, baby oil & iodine. You had a better tan than all of us put together. Birch State Park was the place we would park and walk thru the tunnel to the beach. We all ran down to the water to cool off our feet from walking on the hot sand. Sometimes we had fun in the woods with your 3 girls, while you grownups did your own thing. You always seemed so happy to me, laughing and talking, just being yourself. One of the many funny stories about you was when ever one of your children got hurt and bled, you could only throw your hands up and say “ oh my god, oh my god”! I remember we all laughed about that for years! You were such a good sport about it, too, you laughed just as hard as everyone else. Rest In Peace , Aunt Dit with Uncle Frank.

Diane Lamb

November 9, 2019

I know today was very hard for all of you. Your mother will be greatly missed, I remember all the weekends we spent inCape May so many wonderful memories. Know that our love and prayers will be sent to all of you. I am glad I got to see her 2 years ago when we went to Disney. she is up there with my Mom and Dad .

Leslie & Mike Israel

November 8, 2019

Judy and all of the Hickman Family
So sorry for your loss. It is hard pick
out a favorite memory as your Mom
was a very special person she was always
so sweet and kind to me as a Mom would be
to her own. I keep thinking of her as
Hello Dolly and the Mummers now that she
is with Joe strutting together.
Praying that the memories you will share
will help you thru your sorrow

Ruth Colegate

November 8, 2019

Dear Judy, Ed & family, I have fond memories of meeting your dear Mum in Florida with Esther, two very special ladies. You are all in our thoughts at this very difficult and sad time. Ruth, Luke & Matthew xxx

Robin Testone

November 7, 2019

I was so sad to learn of Aunt Dit's passing. I have so many memories of both Uncle Frank and Aunt Dit that I share with my own children so that they will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May her memory be a blessing.

Linda and John

November 7, 2019

Dear Patty, Curt and Family,

Please know that we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are so incredibly sorry for your loss and share in your sadness. May you find comfort and peace in the days ahead as her memory lives on in your hearts.

Love, Linda & John

Tanya Graham

November 7, 2019

Sending our thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. Love Sandra, Tanya and Laura x

Michael Salone

November 7, 2019

My memories of Dit are always happy ones starting as a young boy in the Mummers. She and Joe were always lauging and dancing together at the parades, dances and practices. Joe was always striving to be a role model for me without a dad and Dit made sure Jessie got recognition raising me as a single mom. I am happy she lived such a long and happy life and that you girls and the rest of the family had so much time together. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

Love and condolences,