, Salem, MA

January 14, 2014

Dolores Hickenbottom, 87

Beverly — N. Dolores Hickenbottom, 87, died Sunday morning, January 12, 2014. She was the loving wife of Charles W. Hickenbottom, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage.

Born in Florida on October 2, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Nevada (Werdon) Rice. She was raised and educated in Brookline and Hyde Park, and was a graduate of Hyde Park High School.

In her younger days, Dolores was a professional acrobat and dancer as a member of the Rice Sisters. For more than 20 years, she was employed by the Michaud Bus Co.

Dolores was a longtime Peabody resident. Following her retirement, she and her husband lived in Washington for several years, before returning to the area 12years ago, and settling in Beverly. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. She cared lovingly for her two dogs, Kiwi and Peaches, and her late dog, Willow.

In addition to her husband, she leaves her children, Brenda Jeffers of Peabody, Gary Hickenbottom of Guam, and Joel Hickenbottom and his wife, Kalen, of Peabody; her grandchildren, Joshua Maglin and his wife, Kelsey, Jocelyn Whitten and her husband, Michael, Emily Jeffers, Tricia Hickenbottom, Melissa Sherwood, and Jacob and Haley Hickenbottom. She was predeceased by a son, Gregg Hickenbottom; five sisters; and three brothers.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be on Wednesday, January 15, at 7:30 p.m., in C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers Square. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will begin prior to the service at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dolores’ name may be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.