Evelyn Mae Arnold Hickman

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Mrs. Evelyn Mae Arnold Hickman, 86, of Columbia, Missouri, died on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019, at Lenoir Woods Retirement Community, in Columbia, Missouri, where she had been living for the last several years.

Born May 30, 1933, near Cedar, Mahaska County, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Herbert and Opal Fern (Chadwick) Arnold. She graduated from Hedrick High School in 1951, in the days of women's 6-on-6 basketball, playing forward with a terrific hook shot! She went to Iowa State Teachers College to attain her teaching degree, going on to teach elementary school. On a summer break excursion to Florida with friends, she agreed to a blind date with a young pilot stationed near Moultrie, Georgia, who turned out to be the love of her life. She and Robert Louis Hickman were married in 1955, in Dover, Delaware. Through their years together, she went from being an Air Force wife to a supportive student wife at the University of Minnesota to an Army wife and enjoyed the adventure of it all. She loved telling stories of the people they'd met and the places they'd traveled in the world. Upon retirement, they continued to live in Frederick, Maryland, where she remained after her husband's death in 2005, moving later to Missouri to be near her daughter. But she always considered herself an Iowa girl.

She is survived by her only child, Theresa Renee Hickman Mandy and her husband David, grandchildren Jillian Michelle Mandy and Trevor James Mandy, all of Columbia, Missouri; and a sister, Estella Rae Arnold, of Ottumwa, Iowa.

A private family service will be held at the time of her inurnment when she joins her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.

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