Mary L. Hickman

Mary L. Hickman, 85, of Bloomington, IL, formerly of East Peoria, IL, passed away at 8:08 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

She was born on February 15, 1937, in Sullivan, IL, the daughter of the late Dewey and Pauline Randol Van Gundy. She married Clarence A. Hickman Jr. on December 29, 1956, in Peoria. He passed away on July 28, 2019. One sister, two brothers, and one grandson also preceded her in death.

Surviving are four children, Julianne (John) Jenkins of East Peoria, Debra (Bradford) Paul of Simpsonville, SC, Pauline (Jerry) Siadek of Bloomington, IL, and John (Deborah) Hickman of Alma, GA. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.  

Mary worked for the State of Illinois for IDES many years, retiring as a supervisor. Mary loved to cook, read, and especially spending time with her family.

A funeral was held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington. Her niece, Shelly Hancock, officiated. Cremation was accorded, and a private burial of her remains was in Prospect Cemetery in rural Dunlap. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. To share a memory or send a condolence to her family, visit