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Visiting hours will be held Thursday morning from 9-10:30 AM at the Carroll-Thomas Funeral Home 22 Oak Street Hyde Park followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Precious Blood Church Hyde Park at 11:00 AM. Interment at St Joseph's Cemetery West Roxbury, relatives and friends invited. Please in lieu of flowers all donations in Ellen's memory can be made to South Shore Foster Closet, 9 Page Ave, Kingston, MA, 02364
Ellen M. Hickey, a beacon of love and kindness, passed away at the age of 93 on February 2, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Born on October 9, 1930, in Boston, MA, Ellen was a cherished daughter of the city and went on to fill the lives of all who knew her with joy and compassion.
A proud alumna of St. Gregory's in Dorchester, Ellen's dedication to her education was a prelude to the commitment she would demonstrate in every aspect of her life. Her love story with the late John P. Hickey Sr. was one for the ages, and together they built a family foundation strong enough to last through generations.
Ellen's legacy of love is carried on by her devoted children, Annmarie Mockus and her husband Tom of Southwest Harbor, Maine, and John P. Hickey Jr. and his wife Cindy of Mansfield. She was a revered figure in the lives of her grandchildren – Erin Webber and her husband Tom, Daniel Hanlon Jr. and his wife Joanne, Sheila Hanlon, Meghan Hanlon, Ian Hickey, and Ava Hickey. As a great-grandmother, she bestowed her kindness and spirit upon Matthew, Cameron, Emma, Cole, Madison, Paisley, Ryan, and Sophia, who will forever hold her in their hearts.
Though preceded in death by her beloved sister Margaret Regan and brother Richard Regan, Ellen's memory is honored by the many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends she leaves behind. Her friendship with Betty McLaughlin, a bond that lasted 65 years, speaks volumes of the loyalty and depth of connection Ellen fostered with those around her.
Ellen's zest for life was evident in her varied interests. She found solace and joy in the tranquility of her garden, the stroke of her paintbrush, and the beauty of the birds she so loved to watch. Her passion for family was unmatched, as taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was not just her favorite pastime but her calling. The family trips to Maine were not only a testament to her love for travel but also her unwavering commitment to family bonding.
The words that best describe Ellen are loving, kind, and spirited. Her presence was a comfort and her spirit a guiding light. She approached life with a heart full of generosity and a soul rich with empathy. Ellen's laughter was infectious, her advice was treasured, and her ability to love unconditionally was her greatest gift to the world.
Ellen's life was a masterpiece of warmth and unwavering dedication to her family and friends. Her influence will continue to live on in the stories shared, the gardens blooming, and the paintings that capture the beauty she saw in the world.
As we bid farewell to Ellen M. Hickey, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and a heart that generously loved. Her spirit will forever be woven into the fabric of the lives she touched, and her memory will continue to inspire kindness and love in all who were privileged to know her. Ellen's journey on earth has concluded, but the impact of her love endures, as vibrant and nurturing as the gardens she tended with such care.