Florence Vera Hickman of Newburyport, Mass., formerly of Saugus, Mass., and Brooks, died peacefully April 5, 2018, at Brigham Manor in Newburyport.

She was the wife of the late Ian E. B. Hickman, who died Dec. 20, 2003.

Florence was born in Belfast on May 13, 1922, and was the daughter of the late Frank L. and Rachel M. (Boardman) McAvey.

After graduating from Crosby High School, Florence moved to Boston where she enjoyed living and working. She met and married Ian Hickman in 1948. They moved to Saugus where they built their home and raised their family. There, Florence enjoyed cooking fresh family meals and sewing original clothing and quilts. She loved to work in the garden and pick fresh bouquets as well as teach her children about the great outdoors and the creatures that inhabit it. The household included many pets — the beloved collie “Snoopy,” various cats, chameleons, turtles, parakeets and large aquariums of fish. Many baby squirrels were nursed back to health after falling out of trees.

When their children had grown, Florence enjoyed a bright retail career in women’s fashion. Upon Ian’s retirement from jet engine testing at G.E. in Lynn, Mass., they moved to their summer home in Brooks. There they continued restoring and renovating their home, dining out, and traveling throughout the world.

Florence will always be remembered for her ready smile, warm embrace, kindness and caring towards others.

Florence was predeceased by her husband and is survived by her beloved and devoted daughter Deborah H. Dame of Amesbury, Mass.; her grandson Devon C. Dame of Austin, Texas; and Devon’s father Stephen R. Dame of Jensen Beach, Fla. Also Florence and Ian’s son Ian B. Hickman and his wife Elizabeth of Saugus, Mass., and their four children, Ian, David and Derick Hickman and Diana Hickman Herald. As well, Linda Rubino, daughter of Ian E. B. Hickman and her sons John, Matt and Nicky and their families, all of Staten Island, N.Y.

At Florence’s request, no services or memorials will be held. Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950, is assisting Mrs. Hickman’s family with her funeral arrangements.

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