Lauretta G. “Laura” Hickman, 94, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota formerly of Loup City, Ord and North Loup areas passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lake, Minnesota.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday October 28, 2017, at the Christian Church in Ord, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Lauretta Gertrude was born April 10, 1923, at Canute, Oklahoma to Miles and Frances (Stamm) Tuck. She lived in the Canute area until her mother died when she was 13, then the family moved to Santa Ana, California, where she raised her younger brother and sister.
In 1942, she worked for a theater in Orange CA and on Valentine’s Day met Joe Hickman, who was in the army. On April 28, 1944, Laura was united in marriage to her sweetheart, Joe Hickman at Orange,
California. She followed him to Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia until his discharge, and then they moved to Nebraska living at Mullen, Grand Island, and Comstock prior to purchasing a farm northeast of Loup City, where they lived 37 years, before moving into North Loup. In 2002 they moved to Grandview Independent Living in Ord. They have made their home in Detroit Lakes, Minn., since Sept 2011. Joe entered eternity on September 26, 2017. After being together over 73 years Laura passed into eternity 25 days later.
Laura worked as a telephone operator, at a theater, a candy factory, at the Sherman County Times, but mostly worked on the farm. She took care of the family’s many chickens; gathering, cleaning and casing
thousands of dozens of eggs as well as feeding and watering the chickens. She also raised a big garden every year. Laura taught Sunday School, VBS; and was active in the Ruth Circle at the Ord Christian Church; she was involved in Extension Club and 4-H leader, and she frequently hosted visiting Nebraska Christian College groups; missionaries and friends of her children while they were growing up and going to college. She was a wonderful loving hostess and made delicious meals and desserts.
Survivors include two daughters, Marlys (Larry) Anderson of Norfolk and Marian (Dave) Spanjers of Audubon, Minn.; two sons, Jerry (Jenel) Hickman of Loup City and Gary (Shari) Hickman of St. Libory; six grandchildren, Cindy (Rick) Kissack, Susan Nathan-Moore (Justin), Stacie (Mike) Haiar, John, Mark (Kristen) and Eric (Crystal) Spanjers; great-grandchildren, Coleen (Chris) Weber, Trey and Zachary Kissack, Aiden Nathan, Kaleb Haiar, Ila and Odin Spanjers, and Wilhelmina, Louise and Eric Thomas Spanjers; and a brother, Vernon (Ina) Tuck.
She is preceded in death by her parents Miles and Frances; her husband, Joe; brothers, Eugene (Marie) Everett (Louise, Pat); sisters, Elsie (John) Langley, Lee (Sam) Cattilini; and son-in- law Jerry Nathan.