Jean Hickman, 72, of Cole Camp, died Monday, October 27, 2014, at University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia.  She was born on February 23, 1942, in Jamesport, Missouri, a daughter of Jack and Dorothy (Elliott) Poage.

In 1960, she graduated from Chillicothe High School and also graduated from Kansas City Business College.  On May 20, 1962, at the First Baptist Church in Chillicothe, she was united in marriage to James R. Hickman.

In the past, Jean had worked for AT & T and in medical records departments for hospitals in Chillicothe, Brookfield, and Sedalia. In 1977, she and her family moved to Cole Camp, where she was a member of First United Methodist Church.  From 1979 - 1993, she was a co-owner of Posie Peddler Flower Shop and attended FTD Floral School to become a certified florist.

She was an avid genealogist and was a past member of the Osage Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandsons, working with flowers, scrap booking, baking and cooking, and creating elaborate meals for her family on special occasions and holidays.  She made every holiday a huge event.  Jean's knowledge, her love for family, and her fighting spirit will always be remembered and greatly missed.  Her greatest love in life was her family.

She is survived by:
her husband, Jim Hickman of the home;
her daughter, JaEllen Hickman of Sedalia;
her son, Jeff Hickman and his wife Gayla of Cole Camp;
two brothers, Donald Poage of Cole Camp and Jack Poage of Four Seasons, MO; and
two grandsons, Jacob Hickman and Tyler Hickman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Dorothy Poage, and an infant daughter, Christina Renee Hickman.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, Cole Camp, with Pastor Michael Cassidy officiating.  Burial will be in Cole Camp Cemetery, rural Cole Camp.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to First United Methodist Church in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Hickman, Tyler Hickman, David Poage, Lee Asher, Wayne Seifert, and Bob Elliott.  Honorary pallbearers will be Sharon and Milton Harms, Don Holtzen, Janie Miller, Susan Burel, Carol Elliott, Theda Ryther, and Dr. William Woolery.