Arleeda Hickey was born April 6, 1925, to Lester Bombard and Margarite Jarvis Bombard in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Arleeda was a wife, mother, teacher, and caregiver. She graduated from Keeseville High School and earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Ithaca College. She taught physical education and coached the cheerleaders in several New York high schools. Arleeda retired from AuSable Valley High School in Clintonville.
In 1946, Arleeda married Maurice H. Hickey, her husband of over 50 years. Together they raised four children. She was a behind the scenes supporter for the successful coaching career of her husband, Maurice. She coached cheerleaders, drove teams and in the early days even washed uniforms. She was an avid sports fan who faithfully followed the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. She loved tennis and attained her goal of being on the court at 90.
In 1972, she moved to Keeseville, N.Y., to care for her father after the death of her mother. Upon her father's death, Arleeda cared for her sister, Theresa Bombard, until her death. She was predeceased by her daughter, Linda Fish in 1992, her sister Theresa Bombard in 2002 and husband Maurice in 2003. Arleeda lived independently in Hawthorne, Leesburg, Fla.
Arleeda was loved and will be dearly missed by her son, Maurice (Jane), daughters Kathy Shea (Francis) and Tammy Higgins (John), seven grandchildren: Erika Gay (Mike), Karena Forte, Jackie Wilhelm (Mark), Bevin Saul (John), Maurice Hickey, Michael Hickey, Erin Higgins, and eight great-grandchildren: Cora Gay, Sylvia Gay, Demetria Fish, Leandra Forte, Nicolett Forte, Andrew Wilhelm, Alexandria Wilhelm, and Jordan Saul. She will be missed by extended family members and special friends who treated her like family.
Although she was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and her teaching career was in New York, she began making Florida her home in 1976. She loved living in Hawthorne at Leesburg and socializing with her many friends.
A wake will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 14th, at Page-Theus Funeral Home, http://www.pagetheusfuneralhome.com/. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 15th, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Leesburg where Arleeda was a long-time communicant. She will be laid to rest with her husband at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or a charity of your choice.
Published on January 11, 2018