Beloved Mom Remembered in Humorous Obituary Penned by Children

Beloved Mom Remembered in Humorous Obituary Penned by Children
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Jack Phillips

Sybil Marie Hicks from Ontario passed on Feb. 2 at the age of 82, and her obituary is going viral.

She worked with two of her children to pen the obituary.

“It hurts me to admit it… but I, Mrs. Ron Hicks from Baysville, have passed away,” the obituary in the Hamilton Spectator said.

“I passed peacefully with my eldest daughter, Brenda, by my side February 2, 2019 at 8:20 a.m.,” it added. “I leave behind my loving husband, Ron Hicks, whom I often affectionately referred to as a 'Horse's [expletive].'”

She also said she left behind “children whom I tolerated over the years; Bob (with Carol) my oldest son and also my favorite. Brian (with Ginette) who was the Oreo cookie favorite, Brenda AKA ‘Hazel’ who would run to clean the bathrooms when she heard company was coming.”

It continued: “I graduated from Waterdown High School with honors while wearing my shiny bright saddle shoes. I later graduated from Hamilton General Hospital School Nursing class of 1957B — Best Class EVER!”

And she quipped: “I finally have the smoking hot body I have always wanted… having been cremated.”

She concluded with, “For those of you who are wondering who assisted me in writing this… it wasn't my husband, it wasn't my oldest, nor was it my youngest ... Thank you all for sharing my life with me. I am off to swim to the buoy and back. Love, Sybil.”

CTV News reported that she battled Alzheimer's disease for 18 years.

“She was a beautiful woman with a riotous sense of humor,” Barbara, her daughter, told CTV.

“What’s written is exactly what she would have said,” Brian, her son, added to the news outlet. “We didn’t expect the type of social media attention. It wasn’t our intention at all.”

Her family said they're thankful for the outpouring of love for her mother.

“Eighteen years ago my mother wouldn’t have known what the internet was,” Brian added.

A few years ago, an obituary that was written by another Canadian woman's son also went viral.

Mary "Pat" Stocks "left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to her daughter and sons who have no idea what to do with it," and, "She leaves behind a very dysfunctional family that she was very proud of," it said, according to AJC.

The obituary said that the "hell of a lot of stuff"  included two old TVs, a used toaster, and an Oldsmobile complete with a spoiler because "she loved putting the pedal to the metal."

"If you're looking for 2 extremely large TV's from the 90s, a large ceramic stork (we think) umbrella/cane stand, a toaster oven (slightly used) or even a 2001 Oldsmobile with a spoiler (she loved putting the pedal to the metal), with only 71,000 kilometers and 1,000 tools that we aren't sure what they're used for. You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine. This is not an ad for a pawn shop, but an obituary for a great Woman, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother born on May 12, 1921," it said, the CBC reported.
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