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Dawn Linora Hickey

Sep. 27, 1967 - Oct. 8, 2018

Date of Service: Oct. 20, 2018

HEYBURN – Dawn Linora Hickey, a 51-year-old resident of Heyburn, passed away suddenly at her residence, the evening of Monday, October 8, 2018, from suspected heart-failure conditions.

Dawn entered this world on September 27, 1967, in Pontiac, Michigan, the daughter of Calvin John Hickey and Sylvia Lillian Nora Turner Hickey as the fifth of six children. She was a beautiful girl with long chestnut-brown hair to her waist, and pretty brown eyes. Dawn did not speak until she was three-and-a-half-years old, but later in adulthood impressed many with her great vocabulary. When she started school we began to realize the extent of her learning and mental disabilities. Her teachers said she would never be able to read, but later in her adolescence she proved them wrong and became a very good reader. She was proud to tell everyone she was a Waterford Wildcat, a special needs school at which she received the equivalent of a high school diploma. At the age of 14, she began having extreme bipolar and schizophrenic episodes. Dawn’s younger sister, Kelly, spent hours being a companion and helper to Dawn; doing her hair and makeup and making sure she was dressed in style! Our mother loved Dawn and tirelessly, yet gladly sacrificed everything to meet her every need, sometimes to the point of exhaustion.

When Dawn was 19 they moved from their home of twenty-five years in Union Lake, Michigan, to Liberty Lake, Washington. When Dawn was 20 she was so psychotic that our parents reluctantly had to put her into a supported living home, close by. She went home every weekend, and holiday. Our Mother passed away from cancer in 2002, when Dawn was 33 years old.

In 2003, she moved to Angel’s Haven Supported Living in Burley, Idaho to be with her best friend, Paul Kloepfer, and family. Angel’s Haven was operated by Linda Brennan. Our family will be ever grateful to Linda for the love and care she gave Dawn for nine years. Dawn’s sister, Nadine, then became her guardian for fifteen years until her passing.

In 2012, Dawn moved into MDC’s yellow “Sunshine House” managed by Beth Bristol. Dawn and Beth had a fun relationship where they loved to banter back and forth with teasing. We will always be grateful to “Beth Bristol”, as Dawn always referred to her, for her sincere kindness, compassion, and love. We also want to thank all of Dawn’s many caretakers and roommates for loving and caring for Dawn like their own family.

Dawn was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved to buy and proudly wear designer CTR (Choose The Right) rings! She had just bought a new one on her 51st birthday, September 27th. She loved her three big sets of scriptures that she had in a backpack which weighed about 30 lbs. She would have brought them with her everywhere if she was allowed to. Dawn made new friends everywhere she went! All the store clerks in Burley and Twin Falls knew her by name and loved her. She was often told that she should work for the CIA as she would get right in a stranger’s face and ask them a bunch of personal questions, and people would answer whatever she asked. No matter how many times we tried to explain that it did not matter where, or if, people went to church, that would always be the first question out of her mouth. When people would say that they didn’t go to church, Dawn would ask why, and most of them would explain, then Dawn would encourage them to start going. It was always embarrassing, but at the same time touching, to see how Dawn could soften hearts.

Dawn loved going out to eat and shopping! Her sister, Nadine, took her out for lunch and shopping almost every Thursday for fifteen years. She was also included in most all the Kloepfer get-togethers, birthdays, and Sunday meals. She looked forward to going to the cabin in Island Park once a year and the Hickey reunion at Bear Lake every summer. Dawn and Nadine had three great trips, where Dawn was miraculously stable. In October 2015, they flew back to their hometown in Union Lake, Michigan to visit family and friends they hadn’t seen for 17 years, and enjoy the amazing fall colors of Michigan. They drove to the Upper Peninsula to visit their brother, Mike, and his family, and a had a wonderful time. In 2016, they flew to Disneyland and Universal Studios, and they only got separated once! In 2017, they took a road trip to Leavenworth, Spokane, Liberty Lake, and Moses Lake, Washington. They were planning a trip back to Michigan this Fall, but unfortunately Dawn wasn’t stable enough to go, so they had to postpone it.

Dawn loved all her siblings and extended family. She often said how much she missed our mom and dad, and that she looked forward to being in heaven with them. We take comfort in knowing that she is now there with them.

Dawn is survived by her brother, Michael (Jan) Hickey of Manistique, Michigan; sister, Nadine (Karl Kloepfer) of Rupert, Idaho; brother, Paul Hickey of South Jordan, Utah; brother, John (Emily) Hickey of Mapleton, Utah; sister, Kelly Hickey of Pleasant Grove, Utah; and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces whom Dawn adored and who loved Dawn.
We are grateful that Dawn is free from her physical and mental struggles, but we will all miss her terribly. We know Dawn would want us to tell you thank you, she loves you, and to leave you with one of Dawn’s favorite expressions, “May all your dreams come true!”

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Heyburn 1st Ward, 530 Villa Dr., in Heyburn, with Bishop Corwin Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Paul Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church preceding the funeral.