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Lori Ann Hickson-Koger
  • 59 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 16, 1954
  • Date of passing: Mar 14, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Port St. Lucie, Florida, United States
Let the memory of Lori be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Lori Hickson-Koger, 59, born on April 16, 1954 and passed away on March 14, 2014. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Bill Fink on 4th November 2016

"This is Bill Fink, Lori's brother of her mother. I have not heard from Lori since approx. 2010 and decided to google her name and was shocked to see of her passing. Did not know of her health suffering until reading this. I hope Jen is doing well. I vacation in Fla. on west coast yearly. Lost contact with Lori when she moved from her home in Jenson Beach.

Uncle Bill"

This tribute was added by Jen bouton on 2nd June 2016

"Hey Mom,

I know it's been a while since I've been on here, but I know I talk to you every day. You were loved so much by so many and still are. I miss having goofy times with you and having our lunches out together. I was just missing you, Mimi and Papa today. Dad too, I guess.Hope you all are up there having a great time. No fighting! Haha. I love you and miss you every day."

This tribute was added by Debbie O'Brien on 14th March 2016

"It has been 2 years and I still think of you often along with Jenny.  Forever in my heart, Lor,"

This tribute was added by TrayceNeelWilliams@comcast.net Williams on 14th March 2016

"Thinking happy, funny, loving thoughts of you, sweet girl!"

This tribute was added by Dan Murphy on 30th January 2016

"I was curious to see what had become of Lori and found this memorial when I googled her name. It had been many years since we were in touch, with her move to Florida and then both of us moving on in our lives, getting remarried and having families. I am so sad to see that she has passed away. I wish I had gotten in touch with her. Although our time together was short I have many fond memories of her, Jack and Doll. We spent lots of time laughing and enjoying each other. She certainly was silly and goofy. Lori helped me to grow as an adult and to be a more mature and successful person. I always thought that Lori had one of the most dynamic personalities of anyone I've met. She was a very strong woman and was very successful when I knew her. I'm so glad to see she had a daughter, having a child was something she very much wanted. Jenny you certainly have her good looks. I'm sorry you have lost her but I'm sure the wonderful memories will always be with you. Jenny if it something that interests you,feel free to reach out to me and I can share some of my memories and good times I had with your Mom."

This tribute was added by Jen Bouton on 7th September 2015

"I miss you mom,every day. I just went through a box when Mark and I were unpacking the garage and I found a box sealed so tight. It was labeled "memories". Not in my handwriting though. I found sooooo many pictures of you and Mimi and Papa and your friends. And letters galore! Back from your Conestoga days!i love you so much and hope you watch over me with Chloe! I know you'd love her as a puppy so much!"

This tribute was added by Nick Zapetis on 6th August 2015

"Hey Jenny,
    I'm Glad I found this page. R.I.P Lori I love you, always.Man how time flies... I miss so many of those perfect days that I never took for granted I miss them too much. They are truly years in the past. Many of those amazing memories include your wonderful mother, she was so giving, helpful and kind to me and my brother. I will never forget her, you or any of those days at the Tennis Club's pool/Court's, Egret Lakes, The Town Houses, Lyton ct, The Georgia(Family Reunion!), My dad's House or Jensen Beach. I hope someday soon we can have some more!

Sincerley, Nick Zapetis nzapeti@gmail.com"

This tribute was added by Jen bouton on 25th June 2015

"Hey Mom,

Well, you'll never believe it. I'm back in school. I'm going back to school for my bachelor's in Human Services. I told my advisor that you were a social worker and she said I came from a "helper". I smiled because I know it is true. I still can't believe you're gone. I just think we're going through another tough time and yet I always ended up at your door just to hug you. You were always so little!! Everytime I hugged you I would smell something different, yet the same nostalgic scent. You had your beauty creams and perfumes from france and no matter how tired you were, those hazel eyes would get me every time.

It seems like it was a ritual. You would answer the door in your silk pajamas and I would come in and immediately start doing your dishes. I'd make you your favorite parmesean flatbread and we would talk for hours on end. You'd catch me up on the latest Grey's Anatomy and Scandal while I did a load of laundry for you. We'd talk about traveling and how much you just wanted to get out and see the world. I wish so much that I could have given that to you.You'll never guess what! Remember how much you loved the Thirsty Turtle in Juno? It opened here in PSL! Right off Gatlin! I know we wouldve had a blast there and you would go crazy for their grouper lol. You've always been a sucker for grouper.

I love you and miss you everyday, Mom. Forever and for always"

This tribute was added by Debbie O'Brien on 16th April 2015

"Jenny, Think of you often and I hope things are going well for you.  With the passing of each year the loss becomes more bearable.  I hope your life is full with many good things and people that love you.

ooxx Debbie"

This tribute was added by TrayceNeelWilliams@comcast.net Williams on 15th April 2015

"The first time I met Lori, we were at the Tennis Club of the Palm Beaches pool, she was pregnant with Jen, and rocking a white bikini and a massive tan!  I thought she was the funniest, hippest, most genuine woman I had ever met.  I thought right.  We became friends. She got me a job.  She taught me to listen to my children.  She held my hand through a divorce.  She held my hand through a subsequent boyfriend/break-up.  She empowered me.  Totally.  I would not be the person that I am today if not for her.  She was real, and kind, and hilarious.  And, I miss her.  Love you, girl.  Miss you, too."

This tribute was added by Monica Merchant on 14th March 2015

"My thoughts and prayers are with Lori's lovely daughter Jenny today. Lori was definitely "gone too soon" and we all miss her."

This tribute was added by Jen bouton on 27th February 2015

"It has almost been 1 year since my mom's passing. There hasn't been a day or a night that I haven't thought about her. Dreams come nightly and she is in every one of them. Everytime I wake up because I feel the dream is so real or there is such a dawning moment when I know that she is gone, there is a favorite memory I go back to. It's Christmas time and I am four years old. Most people may think the human mind is too young to retain memories at that age, but I completely remember. Right down to the pajamas I was wearing. My mom always wanted to give me everything she could and that Christmas was no exception. it was the second year my father wasnt around so we made it our own. I remember us setting up the antique wooden chairs all aroung our tiny living room, lighting up the christmas tree and playing a melody of christmas carols on the cassette player while we danced in our pajamas with homemade tambourines. I remember stepping over one of the antique chairs and stopping. I stopped and turned arounf to look at my mom and tell her that I thought this was the best christmas ever. It was. To this day, it still is.

You, see, too everyone who knew my mother, she was a giver. A lover. A hardworker. A friend. And yes, a really good fighter lol. As I quote one of our favorite movies (which we also loved to hate because it could describe us so well), Even when she's difficult, when the fight is too much, there's something about her, some romance, some power. She's absolutely herself. No matter how hard you try, you'll never get to her. And when she dies, the world will be flat, too simple, reasonable, fair. Life will not be the same without her. I will not be the same without her."
― Mona Simpson, Anywhere But Here"

This tribute was added by Frank Benton on 29th March 2014

"As a casual observer of the wolf-pack Lori was definitely the leader of that pack.
Today in your honor we shared old stories...some where even true, and we laughed as Lori would have wanted us to do. Gone but not forgotten."

This tribute was added by Monica Merchant on 27th March 2014

"Lori and I drifted in and out of each others lives since we were First Communion partners in the 2nd Grade.  We reconnected a few years later in Girl Scouts, then a few years later in High School, then several years later when we were living in Florida, and trying to come up with hair styles that could withstand humidity!  That was when I had the pleasure of meeting her adorable daughter Jenny (who at that time was about 5 years old, and the spitting image of Lori with the same beautiful eyes and great smile). Whenever I think of Lori, I remember her beautiful smile and her great laugh! Lori could make me laugh so hard my sides would hurt! It's hard to believe she is gone -- I was hoping to reconnect with her again now that our children are all grown up and I am moving back to FL. Instead, maybe our Navy children will cross paths sometime, somewhere.  Jenny, please keep in touch! XO"

This tribute was added by Monica Merchant on 27th March 2014

"Lori and I drifted in and out of each others lives since we were First Communion partners in the 2nd Grade.  We reconnected a few years later in Girl Scouts, then a few years later in High School, then several years later when we were living in Florida, and trying to come up with hair styles that could withstand humidity!  That was when I had the pleasure of meeting her adorable daughter Jenny (who at that time was about 5 years old, and the spitting image of Lori with the same beautiful eyes and great smile). Whenever I think of Lori, I remember her beautiful smile and her great laugh! Lori could make me laugh so hard my sides would hurt! It's hard to believe she is gone -- I was hoping to reconnect with her again now that our children are all grown up and I am moving back to FL. Instead, maybe our Navy children will cross paths sometime, somewhere.  Jenny, please keep in touch! XO"

This tribute was added by bob schwartz on 25th March 2014

"I felt Lori would enjoy this story, I hope you do to


The Lady named Rose

The  first day of school our professor introduced  himself and challenged us to get to know someone  we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.
I turned around to find a wrinkled,  little old lady beaming up at me with a smile  that lit up her entire being..
  
She said,  'Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven  years old. Can I give you a hug?'
I  laughed and enthusiastically responded, 'Of  course you may!' and she gave me a giant  squeeze..

'Why are you in college at  such a young, innocent age?' I asked.
  
She jokingly replied, 'I'm here to meet  a rich husband, get married, and
have a couple  of kids...'  No seriously,' I asked. I  was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
'I  always dreamed of having a college education and  now I'm getting one!'  she told me.
  
After  class we walked to the student union building  and shared a chocolate milkshake. We  became instant friends. Every day for the next  three months we would leave class together and  talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this 'time machine' as she shared her wisdom  and experience with me..
  
Over the course  of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she  easily made friends wherever she went. She loved  to dress up and she reveled in the attention  bestowed upon her from the other students. She  was living it up.
  
At the end of the  semester we invited Rose to speak at our  football
banquet. I'll never forget what she  taught us. She was introduced and
stepped up to  the podium. As she began to deliver her
prepared  speech, she dropped her three by five cards on  the floor.
  
Frustrated  and a little embarrassed she leaned into the  microphone and simply said, 'I'm sorry I'm so  jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this
whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech  back in order so let me
just tell you what I  know.'  As we laughed she cleared her  throat and began, ' We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop  playing. There are only four secrets to  staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every  day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose  your dreams, you die.
  
We have so many  people walking around who are dead and don't  even know it!
  
There is a huge difference  between growing older and growing up.
  
If  you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for  one full year and don't
do one productive thing,  you will turn twenty years old. If I am
eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a  year and never do anything I will turn  eighty-eight.
  
Anybody! Can grow older.  That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity  in change. Have no regrets.  The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but  rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.
  
She concluded her speech by courageously  singing 'The Rose.'
  
She challenged each  of us to study the lyrics and live them out in  our
daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished  the college degree she had
begun all those  months ago.
  
One week after graduation  Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
  
Over  two thousand college students attended her  funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who  taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.
  
When you finish  reading this, please send this peaceful word of  advice to your friends and family, they'll  really enjoy it!
  
These words have been  passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
  
REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.  GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a living by what  we get. We make a Life by what we give. God promises a safe landing, not a calm  passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring  you through it."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Muir on 22nd March 2014

"There is a memorial mass for Lori :
Saturday, March 29th, 11:30 AM

Daylesford Abbey
220 S. Valley Road
Paoli, PA 19301
Phone: 610.647-2530

Please respond to this post if you will be attending the Memorial Mass.  The attending priest will gather everyone after the Mass and would like a general "head count".

Please "share" this post on your Facebook page to spread the word. Thanks!"

This tribute was added by Jane Gorecki on 22nd March 2014

"Lori, Lori, Lori....my memories are only fond...and full of passion and promise...I am so sad to know that you died alone...I only learned now, in the news of your death, of your struggle in life...I too, had struggles...and thought that I was the only one...what is that about... that we struggle alone...when in reality we share so much and could be there for each other.......???? I remember listening to WFIL and singing along at the top of our lungs...to "All that's left is a band of gold"...I have never heard that song in the past 30 years without thinking of Lori Hickson!   We moved quickly on to the Doors, Janice Joplin, and Jimmy Hendrix...We actually saw Jimmy Hendrix LIVE at the Spectrum...thanks to Pam Jones and her sophisticated taste in music and her father who was willing to be our escort!  Y dances...the mall...Lori always had the best make up!  She was madly in and out of love with Bob....Lori was attracted to the "bad boys"...as was I...with the exception of one sweet love....When I think of Lori...I think of her concocting something crazy and fun to do....laughing ...singing...dancing...rocking her hockey skirt and stick...and then too... staring off into space....pulling her hair...one strand at a time from root to end....with her thumb and middle finger....I was never really sure what she was thinking about....to You LORI..and to PAM and to LINDA....with love....and a bit of sadness...Jane"

This tribute was added by Patricia Miller on 22nd March 2014

"I met Lori through my sister Marilyn I will always remember Lori with a smile She was fun to be around and always made you laugh I have some great memories from visiting the girls the summer they rented the house at the shore, especially when they convinced me to ride along with Bob while my hair was in rollers to go get ice from a near by hotel "no one would see me" I had to walk home Who knew it was against the law?? Anyway Lori made sure I had a friend in junior high when she introduced me to her mother "Doll" who worked in the guidance office You certainly knew where she got her sense of humor from She will be missed"

This tribute was added by Ginny Beneke (McGee) on 22nd March 2014

"I was a friend of Lori's in high school.  We were part of a group of 13 girls some called the "wolf pack".  Lori and I had many fun times together.  Lori and I played field hockey together and were in the senior talent show with the rest of the pack doing a routine to "Everything Coming up Roses".  During one of our field hockey practices our coach (who was wonderful) said the ball was taking us around like we had a ring in our nose.  So the next practice Lori and I showed up with a notebook ring in our nose :-)  (I think we were the only ones who thought that was funny.)  Just one of many fond memories with Lori - Great memories of lunches together and just "hanging out".  Lori was always bubbly and full of fun - I send my condolences for your loss."

This tribute was added by Nancy Leonard on 21st March 2014

"Lori and I were friends in high school- I remember playing tennis with her a lot one summer- she was always tan and always smiling- she was also very competitive! I am sorry that I did not keep track of my Conestoga friends because i moved after junior year- much sympathy to you, jenny!"

This tribute was added by carol miller on 21st March 2014

"I knew Lori in high school. Her boyfriend and mine were best friends and we had a lot of good times. :) I too remember her laughter and her smile and I can picture her up in heaven joking around with Pam Jones right now! Jenny, I love the picture of you and your Mom. You're a beautiful young lady and I appreciate the career path you chose.:) I'm sure your Mom is proud of you and will be smiling down on you each and everyday. Our high school days were a lot of fun and your Mom helped to make them that way! Love and blessings, Carol"

This tribute was added by P Isola on 21st March 2014

"Where do I begin..... I have so many emotions i have to smile when i think of all the amazing times we shared. I am blessed to have known you Lor. Jenny i will always, always be here for you. You have all the good plus that your mom had. May God bless you both. I will always keep you in my heart Lor - always!  I hope your feet are in the blue water and the sun is shining on your face. Be at peace. I love you."

This tribute was added by Debbie O'Brien on 21st March 2014

"Lor, Thanks for making my high school years so much fun! And, thank you for the honor of being in your wedding, it was so lovely. You will always be in our heart and the memories of you will continue to bring a smile to my face.  Lor, you did a fabulous job of raising a beautiful and loving daughter-your legacy will live on.  Jenny, stay strong and know anytime you want to talk about you Mom I am always here to share.  I hope someday I have the opportunity to meet you.  xxoo"

This tribute was added by kathy Nemecek on 20th March 2014

"Fond memories of Lori from high school. Very funny, always laughing - a very integral part of our senior year at Conestoga!  Will miss you Lori!!"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Muir on 19th March 2014

"I met Lori in 10th grade in high school.  She was fun and funny.  We quickly became good friends.  Through her I met many of her friends who also became mine.  Really wonderful people!  Lori and I stayed in close touch through college.  We shared a summer home in Stone Harbor in 1973 (or '74) along with Debbie Swope, Cathy Stevens, and Margo Paddock.  It was a great summer!  Dancing to the blaring of the Beach Boys, "borrowing"  roses from the rose bushes of Stone Harbor, to decorate our apartment, girls nights out, and cheese steak sandwiches from the Steak Out.  Lori was always the center of the fun. Who could forget Lori's "gift for gab".  She was always on the telephone.  She was a great athlete enjoying field hockey and lacrosse in high school.  She received a broken nose and two black eyes to prove it. (maybe even some awards) One of Lori's favorite "remember whens" was when she had dinner at my house with my family.  She shook the bottle of salad dressing, not realizing the lid was off...the dressing went all over our dining room...lol.. During the summers in high school we would drive around Berwyn and Devon looking for where the guys were "hanging out".  Always laughing...she would ask me to teach her "cheers"; Performing "Everythings Coming Up Roses" in the Senior Variety Show with her and our whole "gang" .  Any chance Lori got she would break out into her rendition of "We'll be swell we'll be great...!"  She told me that she later, of course, performed it for her daughter, Jenny;  I got my braces off just before my senior year.  The first place I went was to see Lori...she didn't notice!!  We had so many fun times and memories.  I will miss her and her laugh..."


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