Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are they that moum: for they shall be comforted." (KJV)
Shirley June Rama was born June 6, 1922, in Merna, to Clarence Eugene Rama and Wilma Loy (Taylor) Rama. She attended country school and graduated from Merna High School in 1939.
From Merna, she moved to Denver, Colo., and attended business school and after graduating, worked at Remington Arms and Gates Rubber Company in Denver. lt was in Denver she met and married James Higginbotham in 1945. They lived for a short time in Biloxi, Miss., and after Jim's discharge from the Army Air Corps, they made their home on the family farm north of Callaway. Two children were born to this union. Jim died in a car accident in 1964.
In 1967, Shirley married Leo Hickman in Merna. They made their home on the Hickman family farm near Victoria Springs. Shirley and Leo had a very happy marriage, were devoted to each other and rarely spent time apart. They had many enjoyable evenings going dancing with their friends at the Elks Club. Shirley and Leo did have the opportunity to do considerable traveling across the U.S. and to Europe and Hawaii to visit Leo's children and their families.
After Leo's death in 1986, Shirley moved to Broken Bow where she lived until her death.
Shirley was a member of the Merna Methodist Church. She was a beautiful seamstress and sewed for virtually every member of the family, including sport coats for the men! She crocheted afghans for all of her children and grandchildren. After moving to Broken Bow, she enjoyed meeting with her friends for coffee to discuss the topics of the day.
Even though she had many interests in her life, the most important thing to her was her children and grandchildren. You could always count on her to lend a sympathetic ear and helping hand to anyone in the family and to share in their joys.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Earl, and twin brother Morris; husband, Leo; grandson, Ron Horn; two step-children, Winnie Ann Desmond and Joey Wiederholt.
Survivors include son, Dennis Higginbotham and wife Letitia of Broken Bow; daughter Cheryl Bowles and husband Bob of Broken Bow; grandchildren, Lisa Horn of Ithaca, NY, Tara Glendy and husband David of Broken Bow, Amy Evans and husband John of Broken Bow, Justin Bowles of Seattle, Wash., and Annie Angelo and husband Marc of Portland, Ore. Shirley is survived by 10 great-grandchildren, Jessy Yarrington, Tyler Yarrington, Clayton Glendy, Nicole Evans, Nathan Evans, Sarah Evans, Brody Evans, Madailine Bowles, Zoe Bowles and Ryder Angelo, and nieces and nephews, Dave Rama, Bob Rama, Judy Geiser and Alexi Teraji.
Shirley is survived by eight step-children and their spouses, Don and Pat Hickman of Louisville, Bill and Joan Hickman of Alpharetta, Ga., Raymond Hickman of Seqim, Wash., Bernadine and Rudy Zimbra of Hawaii, Richard and Teresa Hickman of Papillion, Daniel Hickman of Hawaii, Mike and Ann Hickman of Merna, Kathy and Fred Govier of Mercer lsland, Wash., and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Feb. 18, 2012, at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Interment was in the Merna Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Feb. 23, 2012