1949 – 2019
Putnam – Cheryl A. Hicking, 69, of 65 Ballou St., passed away peacefully Tuesday January 22, 2019 after an afternoon surrounded by family and close friends. Born in Peoria, IL, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Agnes (Ryman) Hoevet. Spending the early part of her life living in Tampa, FL, she then married her former husband, Richard W. Hicking, moved to Connecticut and raised her family.
Cheryl was above all a Mom. She had part time jobs as the children grew, as a receptionist of the East Woodstock Congregational Church, bank teller for a local bank and was leader of the kids Boy Scout/Girl Scout clubs. A weekend camping with Mr. & Mrs. H was common for many of her children’s friends. After her children had grown, Cheryl worked for Labonte & Merrick Appliance store in Putnam, CT., secretary for the Marions in Thompson, CT, at the local sewing shop (more for the opportunity to be around her passion for a quality scrap of 100% cotton fabric for “the perfect quilt” she was going to sew) and most recently the Hallmark Store in Putnam. She enjoyed visiting with all the customers and co-workers she quickly was happy to call her friends. She was an avid gardener, having shared a plot at the Putnam Community Garden with her friend Terry who she enjoyed spending time with at the garden or just daily life chats. Cheryl felt most comfortable at her sewing/crafting table. She enjoyed quilting, painting, making jewelry, homemade soaps, scrubs, lotions, baking from scratch then decorating the delightful dessert as it was a piece of art. There was not a bought Halloween costume or purchased birthday cake in the Hicking household. She enjoyed watching the birds and always researching nature, trees and especially gardening blogs and articles. She was full of all areas of valuable information and was always happy to share. She was a very talented, intelligent woman.
Cheryl is survived by her children, Randall W. Hicking of Putnam and Michelle L. Hicking and companion, Jody P. Reynolds of Dayville; and her brother, Gregory Hoevet of FL. Cheryl is predeceased by her brother, the late Steven Hoevet.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Cheryl’s family at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the East Woodstock Congregational Church, 220 Woodstock Road, East Woodstock, CT. Burial will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA. https://www.aspca.org/ways-to-give. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.