February 21, 1947 – March 10, 2014
Karla Jean Hickman was born February 21, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa and went to be with Jesus and her beloved parents, Bill and Virginia, on March 10, 2014.
Karla grew up in Indianola, Iowa. She studied music at the University of Northern Iowa. Her love of music led her to become talented with guitar, piano and singing. She sang in the choir at First United Methodist Church where she was a member and often gave solo performances. Karla worked at Banker’s Trust, Principal Financial, Allied and eventually began her own health and life insurance brokerage agency, Millennium Brokerage.
For many years, one of her favorite things to do was meet with sisters for lunch, movies and shopping on Friday afternoons. She was the best sister anyone could ever hope for. She loved animals and over the years had many cats and dogs. She donated much to animal rescues all over the USA. She loved feeding and watching the birds. This led to her having whole families of deer that would venture clear up onto her front porch for food during the winter. They also ate up her bushes. But she loved them all.
Karla is survived by her sisters, Jaci Wheeler and Jori Metcalf, and a brother-in-law, Larry Metcalf; four nephews, Chad Wheeler, Ryan Wheeler, Jason Metcalf, and Jarod Metcalf; great nephews and nieces, Chase (Chad’s), Hannah, Hailey (Ryan’s), Paige, Tyler, Mason (Jason’s), Jordan, Dylan (Jarod’s); as well as her aunts, Margaret Disbennet and Norma Hooper, and an uncle, Larry Hickman, and many cousins.
Karla was preceded in death by her parents, William (Bill) and Virginia Hickman, and grandparents.
Service will be held at 2:00 at Memorial Services of Iowa, in Ankeny, Friday, March 14, 2014. Visitation will be at 1:00 prior to the service. Interment will follow the service. The family invites friends to gather for refreshments immediately following.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL).Information provided by: Memorial Services of Iowa 4208 North Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.0592 www.memorialservicesofiowa.com