Shirley Jewel Hickman

March 10, 1926April 14, 2018

Shirley J. Hickman, 92, of Terre Haute, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Meadows Manor North, with her family by her side. She was born on March 10, 1926, in Horton, Kansas to Leonard and Esther “Essie” (Bushey) Shear.

Shirley graduated high school in 1944 at Hiawatha, Kansas and attended junior college in Highland, Kansas. Shirley received her Elementary teaching certificate from Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas and went on to teach in a one room country school house. Later in life, she worked as the office manager for G.C. Murphy Store and was a cashier for the Hamilton Center until her retirement.

In her spare time, Shirley enjoyed reading, sewing, and crocheting. She loved nature and was a wild bird enthusiast. She also liked to take care of her flowers and tending to her small garden every year.

Shirley was a member of North Terre Haute Christian Church and was the director and coordinator of the Primetime Senior Group.

Shirley is survived by her son, Paul Joseph Piper of Terre Haute; a sister, Patty Bruning of Hiawatha, KS; two grandchildren, Paul R. Piper and his wife Lea of Marshall, IL, Jennifer Morris and her husband Jason of Brazil; and five great-grandchildren who were her pride and joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred Hickman; and a sister, Ruth Ann Shear.

Shirley’s family would like to thank the compassionate staff at Meadows Manor North and Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Donations may be made to either organization in lieu of flowers.

Visitation will be held from noon until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home with Pastor Larry Lilly officiating. Shirley will be laid to rest next to her husband in Vermillion Cemetery in Vermillion, IL. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


  • Visitation Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 21, 2018

Shirley Jewel Hickman

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Emily Pfeffer

April 18, 2018

I have many memories of visiting my great-aunt Shirley. This photo was taken summer of 2015 when my grandma Patty visited her sister in Terre Haute. Shirley had a wonderful spirit and reminded me of great grandma Essie Shear. She will be missed!

chelsie davis

April 16, 2018

i had the pleasure of helping care for shirley for the short time i worked at meadows manor. i just absolutely adored her. her talks with me about my daughter that passed away or how so incrediblely happy she was the day her family sent her flowers.. we talked about those flowers the whole time she had them. she loved talking about her grandchildren they seemed to be the light of her life. shirley was just an amazing lady and im so blessed to have been able to meet her.

condolences for her family ❤