Emily Sue Hickey

Sep 22nd, 1944 - Aug 10th, 2020
Emily Sue Hickey

Emily Sue Hickey, 75, of Marion, Illinois, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 2:53 pm at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Emily was born September 22, 1944 in Cairo, Georgia the daughter of Graton “Cosmo” and Blanche Elizabeth (King) Gillespie.

Emily’s working career included bookkeeping for John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville, Georgia, and the Richmond County Board of Education in Augusta, Georgia. After moving to Illinois, she worked for WPS and as a secretary for Heartland Regional Medical Center.  Emily was of the Nazarene faith and she enjoyed reading.  She was the youngest of 14 children, was often quiet and soft spoken, and loved talking with her sister.

Survivors include her three daughters:

Sheri Haskins (Roy) of Ochlocknee, Georgia

Sharon Hickey of Coolidge, Georgia

Cindy Throgmorton (Matt) of Marion, Illinois

Eight grandchildren – Amber Hymer (Kenny) of Pavo, Georgia
Lonnie Chaney (David) of Coolidge, Georgia
Amber Wool (Jesse) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kara Haskins of Ochlocknee, Georgia
Shelby Beckett of Coolidge, Georgia
Saleen Beckett of Coolidge, Georgia
Bethany Throgmorton of Marion, Illinois
Brylee Throgmorton of Marion, Illinois

Seven great grandchildren

Brother – Hilton Gillespie (Chris)

Sister – Loette Buerger

Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

Preceded by her Parents and her other siblings

In accordance with her wishes, Emily will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

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7 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Cheryl Blumenstock Milburn

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 12, 2020

    So very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May God grant you peace as only He can. What a great day it will be on that glad Reunion Day when we see our loved ones again. Praying for your family.

  • Guest: Alta Gillespie Ploeger

    From: Columbus, Georgia

    Date: August 12, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Emily’s passing. Remembering her with love.

  • Guest: Tommie Indence

    From: Thomasville, Georgia

    Date: August 12, 2020

    Sheri, Sharon and Cindy,

    I am sorry to learn that your mother has died. I have fond memories of knowing her and Loette when we all lived in Grady County while growing up. I also have fond memories of knowing you three when we all lived outside of Ochlocknee. I thought so highly of your Grandmother, Mrs. Hickey. She was one of the most caring people I’ve ever known.

    Sending love to you all in your grief.

    Tommie Indence

  • Guest: Carol Lee Heard

    From: Bainbridge, Georgia

    Date: August 12, 2020

    Praying for you Sharon and your sweet family… love you 🙏🌸❤️

  • Guest: Doris C Poppell

    From: Whigham, Georgia

    Date: August 13, 2020

    Blessings and comfort to our Gillespie family. God is gathering His children home. My Mom, Emily Gillespie Collins, was so happy to have another Emily in the family, along with the name Sue from our Aunt, Sue Brown Gillespie.

  • Guest: Paulette Woods

    From: Bethany, Illinois

    Date: August 13, 2020

    We were the kids at the Cairo Nazarene church. She was the little sister to Loretta and Louise. God bless her family, I know she was dear! Paulette Barnes Woods

  • Guest: Judy J Peterson

    From: Beech Island, South Carolina

    Date: August 15, 2020

    Sheri, Sharon, Cindy, and families,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I have so many fond memories of her – at work (RCBOE), socializing, and our annual fall trips to the mountains. She could always make me laugh.

    All of you are in my thoughts (as your Mother has been for years) and prayers. May God bless you with His peace and comfort.

    Love in Christ,