1923-2012

Mary “Mae” Bridget Hickey, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at Eventide Nursing Home in Denison.

Mass of the Christian burial was Wednesday, Aug. 29, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail. Father Paul Kelly served as celebrant, burial at St. Ann Catholic Cemetery in Vail.

Organist Irene Feilmeier provided accompaniment for the St. Ann Family Choir. Serving as eucharistic ministers were Mark and Betty Schwery, and lector was John Walsh. Casket bearers were Thomas McCullough, William G. Adams, Dean Nelson, John Linberg, John Walsh and Joe Kral.

Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.

She was born in Manilla, Iowa, May 2, 1923, a daughter of Andrew and Mary Powers Hickey. She was baptized on May 13, 1923, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manilla. In 1930 she moved with her family to the Vail area and received her first communion at St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail. Mae received her education in St. Ann Catholic School in Vail graduating with the Class of 1941.

Following graduation Mae worked at the Vail Telephone office. She attended St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll. Upon earning her LPN degree, Mae worked at the Family Health Center in Carroll, and then Dr. Flood’s office in Denison, where she retired.

Mae was instrumental in helping Russell raise Pat, Matt and Shelly. After her retirement, she kept up her LPN license in order to help those who were sick and in need of medical care.

In 1997 Mae was named Vail Citizen of the Year. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail and a charter member of the Legion Auxiliary.

Mae is survived by many nieces and nephews; one sister-in-law, Marybelle; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Michael and Mary Margaret; five brothers, Cyril and his wife, LaVerne, Frances, Leroy, Clifford and Russell; and one sister, Alice, and her husband, Robert.