This obituary has gone viral because it’s as sassy as the woman it was about
When Sybil Marie Hicks died, her children wanted to write an obituary that would reflect the humorous sassy woman their mum had been. They wrote it in the first person, giving rise to a widespread misunderstanding that she’d written it herself, but it’s such a good tribute that we can’t help but think it’s a shame she’s not around to enjoy it.
Here’s the full text:
HICKS, Sybil Marie (nee Lyons)
It hurts me to admit it… but I, Mrs. Ron Hicks from Baysville, have passed away. I passed peacefully with my eldest daughter, Brenda, by my side February 2, 2019 at 8:20 a.m. I leave behind my loving husband, Ron Hicks, whom I often affectionately referred to as a “Horse’s Ass”.
I also left behind my children whom I tolerated over the years; Bob (with Carol) my oldest son and also my favourite. Brian (with Ginette) who was the Oreo cookie favourite, Brenda AKA “Hazel” who would run to clean the bathrooms when she heard company was coming. Barbara (with Gordon) the ever Miss Perfect and finally Baby Bruce who wouldn’t eat homemade turkey soup because he didn’t want to be alert looking for bones while he ate.
I will miss seeing my sweetest grandchildren; Caitlin, Megan, Joel, Issac, Mason, Rachel, Annie, Emma, Harrison, Clark, Choe, Orion, Griffin …grow up to be the incredible people they are meant to be.
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!
In 1972 Ron and I loaded the car with the 5- B’s and headed north to run a school bus company for over 20 years in Baysville, Ontario. I was an active horticulturalist, a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Lion’s Club in Baysville.
I finally have the smoking hot body I have always wanted… having been cremated.
Please come say goodbye and celebrate my wonderful life with my husband and his special friend Dorothy who is now lovingly taking care of my horse’s ass.
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”
When journalist, Jim Poling, shared the obituary, admiration for her style came pouring in.
Sybil Marie Hicks passed away this week at the age of 82.
And man, did she go out swinging. pic.twitter.com/oB1SRy3eJ8
— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) February 6, 2019
Going out with style. https://t.co/foQdMd8ZsV
— Christopher Ryan (@ThatChrisRyan) February 6, 2019
She soumds like the kind of person I would have loved to know. RIP, Sybil!
— Lexy Cameron (@LexyCameron) February 6, 2019
I’ve only known about your mother for five minutes and I can categorically say she was too awesome for this earth
— Melissa Martin (@DoubleEmMartin) February 6, 2019
Sybil’s daughter also responded:
Thank you for sharing our mother’s obituary. She was an incredible woman! Brenda AKA Hazel💔
— Brenda (@Muskokabh) February 6, 2019
Her final tribute seemed very fitting –
This is my mom and what a mom she was!💔❤️
— Brenda (@Muskokabh) February 7, 2019