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Wilma Ann Hickson
May 12, 2018

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Wilma Ann Hickson, 73, of Peyton, Colorado, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, CO; she was surrounded by her family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama, with Father Michael Mescher as celebrant. Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery in rural Tama County. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama, with a Vigil Service following at 7:00 PM.Wilma was born on October 1, 1944, in rural Vining, Iowa, the daughter of William John and Mayme Blanche (Roubinek) Riha. She grew up on the family farm near Elberon, and remained a farm girl at heart throughout her life.She graduated from Toledo High School in 1962.Wilma was united in marriage to the blue-eyed love of her life, James W. Hickson, on August 25, 1988 in Marshalltown, Iowa. She moved with him to Dallas TX in 1988, and they moved again, to Peyton, Colorado, in 2012.Her family and friends knew her for her "smiling eyes"; she was a wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Wilma cherished spending time with family and friends; they were the most important part of her life. She devoted her life to helping others. Wilma had several collections, including apples, Pepsi memorabilia, moose, goldfinch statuettes, and Snow Village; she always kept things very organized. Her true passion was photography (especially pictures of nature and hot air balloons), and creating photo albums for her loved ones. She loved traveling by car, driving thousands of miles per year (taking lots of pictures along the way) to visit family and friends, as Jim can attest to. She was a formidable dominos and Scrabble player; beating her was never easy, and always a cause for celebration. Jim converted her into being an avid hockey fan. Wilma was a proud season-ticket holder for Air Force Academy Hockey, attending games together with Jim, and she also followed the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche; she adopted the Denver Broncos as her football team. She rarely raised her voice, unless it was during games.Wilma is lovingly survived by her husband, Jim Hickson, of Peyton, CO; three children, Suzanne Schwartz of Conrad, IA, Kristine (John) Kelleher of Peyton, CO, and Brian (Jami) Schwartz of Rockwall, TX; two step children, Chris (Jill) Hickson of Kenosha, WI, and Kimberly (David) Spaw, of Houston, TX; six grandchildren, Chad, Lauren, Bria, Michael, Hannah, and Rylee; two great grand children, Graham, Analise; one sister, Pauline Sienknecht of Clutier, IA; and numerous friends from all over.Her parents, as well as her two brothers, Clement and Stanley Riha, brother-in-law, Ralph Sienknecht, and sister-in-law, Evelyn Riha preceded her in death.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, to further breast cancer research.

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