Barbara Pauline Brown Hickman, 79, of Wichita Falls, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Feb. 17, 2017.
She was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on March 21, 1937 to Paul and Zola Brown. She grew up in San Diego, California where she graduated from Kearny High School. After graduation she worked for the San Diego Police Department. It was during that time that she met her husband, a Navy sailor from Locker, of all places, Tommy Hickman. They married Aug. 31, 1956, in San Diego. There they had their first two daughters, Tia and Veda. They then moved to Brownwood, where their third daughter Nelda and two sons, Ronald and Tom Tom were born.
She raised her family in Brownwood. There she joined a service sorority, The Delta Theta chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and began her second career of volunteering and making lifelong friends. She loved to play bridge, well any card game, and was hard to beat. Even though she said she didn't like to cook, there was always lots of good food around, not only for her family, but all her kid’s friends knew where to come for some of their favorites. You could also count on her to put a party together in nothing flat.
In 1991, she and Tommy packed up and moved to Wichita Falls where they were closer to most of the grandkids and became known to all as Memommie and Papah to a new generation of kids. She loved going to all the football, volleyball, basketball and baseball games that all the grandkids played in and she really missed it when they were done. She continued her sorority work with the Epsilon Eta chapter of ESA and was an active member. She has been delivering Meals on Wheels weekly with her friends for years. She also worked with her son-in-law, Steve Turner, until she retired in 2013.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Tommy, her parents, Paul and Zola Brown and her brother, Ronald Dean Brown.
She is survived by her five children: Tia and Steve Turner of Wichita Falls, Veda Hickman of Round Rock, Nelda and Dean Price of Wichita Falls, Ronald and Alicia Hickman of Argyle, and Tom and Marsha Hickman of Georgetown. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Lauren (Turner) Kimberlin, Tayler (Turner) Mathiesen, Taran (Turner) Jersvig, Stephen Turner, Chelsy (Stegall) Houy, Trevor Stegall, Casey Stegall, James Hickman, Jenna Hickman, Hayden Hickman and McKenzie Hickman. She has 12 great-grandchildren, 4 and under. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Annette and Guy Leverette, Necy and Kenneth Wilburn, Donny and Sonny Lee and David and Michelle Kelly and their families.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or Hospice of Wichita Falls.