Evelyn (Evey) Arlene Folwell Hickerson
born in Kuna, April 28, 1930 - left Boise for Heaven, May 31, 2018
The third of four children and the only daughter born to Harry Nile and Ethel Nora (Burgess) Folwell, has completed her life's work on earth and gone to be with Jesus and the many loved ones eagerly awaiting her arrival in heaven. She was 88 years old. Moving from their farm near Mora, Idaho, during her very first year of life, Evelyn began her lifelong residency on N. 28th St. in Boise's North End until her last nearly five years spent at Valley View Senior Living Community.
During her growing up years, a neighbor invited them to their church and Evelyn has been a member of Boise Friends since she was eight years old. She and her family were very active participants in many areas with that fellowship of believers throughout her life, including involvement with VBS, Sunday School, C.E., Women's Missionary treasurer and its other functions, various musical groups, Recording Clerk of Boise Monthly Meeting, Church Statistician, Social Committee work, Kitchen coordinator, housing Quiz Teams, BFC Representative to the Yearly Meeting, helping on building and maintenance projects, embracing Quaker Hill Camp in McCall (participating as a young girl and lastly at our 2017 family reunion there), and just lending a helping hand anywhere needed. The church building at 12th & Eastman was erected in 1921 and rebuilt in 1970 on Goddard Rd. She last worshiped there on Mother's Day this year.
Evelyn attended school at Lowell Elementary, Boise Jr. High (North), and Boise Senior High School (as did all six of her kids and a couple of grandkids), graduating in 1948. She will miss celebrating their 70 year class reunion this summer, and Evey so enjoyed getting together with them regularly for lunches in between planning for those reunions too. She took typing and shorthand classes which helped with the secretarial job she landed after graduation, the Recording Clerk position at church, and in keeping her diary entries more private. Besides school and church activities, there was fun with friends and family at the canal, at the movies, having wiener roasts and picnics, sewing for herself, caring for her little brother, Ronnie (13 years her junior), or making 10 cents per hour babysitting and doing housework for others.
The Folwells and Hickersons lived just a few blocks apart, and Evelyn's two older brothers, Les and Del, were pals of Charlie Ray. Although she idolized her big brothers, not too much attention was paid to Evelyn until the boys/men returned from the war. However, she had grown up quite a bit in Charlie's eyes during his three year absence. Who grabbed who's attention first is debated (as were many things throughout their relationship)! Nonetheless, at 18 years of age she became Mrs. Charlie R. Hickerson on July 23, 1948, at that little Quaker church on 12th and Eastman. (They celebrated their 50th anniversary with a renewal of their vows at that same spot on July 23, 1998). In 1949, they began building their home at 2011 N. 28th St., where they raised two daughters and four sons. They loved to camp and travel, especially to see family and friends. Once retired, they expanded their travels to Navy reunions, cruise vacations, and several Hawaii trips. After nearly 66 years of marriage, she lost Charlie on June 15, 2014, and has, herself, seemed lost without him ever since.
Evelyn was a dedicated full-time mom, helping and encouraging her children in all facets of their lives. She baked fun birthday cakes, and later, mouthwatering roast beef dinners; there were regular backyard barbecues and spontaneous meals since it was always someone's birthday or some holiday to be celebrated, or, for no reason at all! (anyone might be there because all were invited); she took us to swim lessons at Lowell Pool; fixed peanut butter sandwiches and Kool-Aid for us and the neighborhood kids to eat outside in the summer; brought a station wagon-load of kids to VBS every year (no seat belt law back then so we could really pack them in); Den Mother for her little pack of Cub Scouts; Room Mother for all the school holidays; active in PTA; faithful attender of football, baseball, soccer, tennis matches, concerts and school programs; gracious hostess to neighbors, family, and strangers alike. Along with her husband, this genuine interest and involvement continued throughout their lives and was experienced by nieces, nephews, grandkids, great-grandkids, siblings, in-laws, and friends, many of whom have shared beautiful tributes for them these past few days.
Evelyn's immediate offspring number 41, with a little great-granddaughter becoming number 42 any day now. Her six children are: Charlene Olson (Steve) of Boise, Susan Shepherdson (Mark) of Boise, Steven Hickerson (Lisa) of Utah, Dennis Hickerson (Joyce) of Boise, Mikel Hickerson of Boise, Jeffry Hickerson (Amy) of Boise; her twelve grandkids: Tyler Olson (Luybov), Kaycee Turner (Daniel), Justin Shepherdson (Joni), Jason Shepherdson (Nikole), Nathan and Megan Hickerson, Cade Hickerson, Mathew, Michelle, and Mary Hickerson, Blake Hickerson (Beverly), Dallan Hickerson; two step-grandkids: Cheyenne Pearson (Zac) and Dalton Turner; four step-great-grandkids: Yulianna and Dominic, Winter and Knight; six great-grandkids (so far at this writing): Jayden, Julia, Elijah, Adelina, Beckett, Tanner.
When you lose your one and only mom who has been an integral part of your entire life, a very large hole remains which can only be filled by sweet memories. But, as you can guess, we have so many of those. Hope you'll all be at the BIG Heavenly Reunion one day.
The family suggests that memorial gifts be given in Evelyn’s name to Quaker Hill Camp and Conference Center, P.O. Box 1181, McCall, ID 83638
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 8, 2018 at Boise Friends Church, 7751 W. Goddard Rd. in Boise.