Anne Shirley Hickey

  • Born: July 25, 1931
  • Died: January 12, 2020
  • Location: Hooksett, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Anne Shirley (Francis) Hickey, 88, of Hooksett, NH died January 12, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Providence, RI on July 25, 1931, she was the daughter of Anthony R. and Alice Mary (Grady) Francis. She attended Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, Bayview Academy, Class of 1949 and was chosen to give the dedication address of the new school building. She married Peter R. Hickey of Boston, MA and moved to NH from 1959 to 1999.
Prior to retirement, she had worked as a secretary for Digital Corp for many years.
She then spent her retirement life with her daughter's family in Hooksett, NH.
She had many passions. One was a sportswriter for the Nashua Youth Hockey Association. She assisted in planning a hockey tournament between the US and Canada and organized numerous fundraisers including the first open air rock concert with Aerosmith in Holman Stadium. She started the fund to raise money for the bust of President JFK that now sits on the steps of Nashua City Hall. During this time in her life, she began a deep spiritual journey. She was a part of the Charismatic movement and joined Fr. Ralph D'Orio's healing ministry and sung in his choir. She also became a 3rd Order Carmelite member. During these years, she met many famous Religious and political people, always allowing the Holy Spirit to guide her in her journey. She was deeply devoted to her faith and promoting the cause of Fr. Salanus Casey for 27 years. Anne was always looking for new ways to share her faith with everyone. She had a quick Irish wit and always had a good story that would uplift anyone who needed to hear the Word of God. In her spare time she spent many hours in her flower gardens.
She was a devoted friend of the Sisters of the Precious Blood Monastery and the Presentation of Mary Sisters. She would make many visits to the Sisters to pray for family and friends. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Marie Parish in Manchester. Many people knew her by her license plate "Glory Be".
She was predeceased by two sisters, Irene Mathews of Johnston, RI and Alice Aldcroft of Pawtucket, RI. She was also predeceased by her former husband, Peter R. Hickey.
Family members include her daughters, Donna Figgins of Manchester, Teresa Flynn and husband James of Hooksett, James Hickey and Kevin Michael Hickey, both of Hudson, NH; three grandchildren, Jessica, Kelly and Erin; four great-grandchildren, Cole, Chance, Cayle, and Adeline; several nephews, nieces and cousins.
In her own words "I have lived a very full and busy life. I am sure God has it all written down somewhere. I tried my best always to follow his Will for me. May God Bless and keep your Faith, Always." --Anne S. Hickey "Glory Be"
Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North St, Manchester, NH will be Sunday, January 19th from 1 to 4 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 20th at 10 am in St. Marie Church, Notre Dame Ave, Manchester. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Monastery of the Precious Blood, 700 Bridge St, Manchester, NH 03104.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

So many wonderful things to say about Mrs. Hickey. She was like a mother to so many. I will always remember her with a smile on her face. She had a family of 6 but cooked for a family of 10! All were always welcomed. She had artistic capabilities from drawing to seamstress. Her collections of beautiful glassware was beyond compare. The beauty that she brought to the world will be missed. The blessings that she gave to me will be everlasting. Much love to my family.

Posted by Joanne McVey - MANCHESTER, NH - Family Friend   January 24, 2020

A mother's love never ends. She is now looking down on you with all her love.

Posted by Tess & Bill Kopka - Nashua, NH   January 23, 2020


After years of trying to locate Shirley in Nashua, I was so sorry this wk to find this obit. She was a dear friend for many yrs and I so regret we lost contact after my retirement to AZ. She was always full of life and her energy will forever burn in our memories but Heaven will be richer for her presence. May our loving God bless each of her children, Shirley is a great loss to us all but is surely Heaven's great blessing.
Judy McKenna

Posted by Judy McKenna    January 19, 2020

My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for your great loss of your beautiful mother. She was an inspiration to her family and friends. You have many sweet memories of her that you will cherish forever.

Posted by Karen Wisnosky - Hudson, NH   January 17, 2020

Donna and Jimmy,
Cousin Luke called last night with the news of my Cousin Shirley's passing.
I can only offer my best wishes for you and your families. Shirley and I always had a special relationship with her being the oldest girl in the Francis family and I the oldest boy.
She actually lived with my family just prior to her marriage. In many ways she often seemed more like a sister to me than a cousin.
Due to my wife's illness and handicap we cannot travel but will be with you in spirit.

Cousin Joe and Tina
Naples, Florida

Posted by Joseph Francis - Naples, FL   January 17, 2020

to all of Shirley's family, We offer our deepest sympathy and our prayers for your dear mother.
She was a very good friend of the Srs. of the Presentation of Mary. We will never forget her, and
all she did for us in Hudson. Sr. Bernadette is in England till Feb. and sends her prayers and
love to all. sr. Jackie

Posted by sr. Jackie lLevreault - Hudson, NH - Friend   January 17, 2020

Donna and Jimmy, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Maggie (Torosian) Titus

Posted by Maggie Titus - Nashua, NH - Family   January 17, 2020

We are all so sad to hear Cousin Shirley has passed away. She was a wonderful woman and loved by so many. The Heeter Family from Arizona would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Donna and Terry and the entire family. You all are so blessed to have had her in your lives. May we all live in Christ the way she did. She is in Heaven with all her loved ones.

Posted by Connie Jones - Peoria, AZ - Family   January 16, 2020

Shirley, you will be missed terribly. I could always confide in you and tell you my problems, you always uplifted me. I loved to go to horror movies with you and shopping for deals always. You will always be in my heart and mind.

Posted by Karen Chausse - Clearwater, FL - Family   January 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful person. She did so love God and now she is with him

Posted by barbara Fraley - Prescott, AZ - Family   January 15, 2020

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