Siblings wrote a hilarious first-person obituary for their deceased mother.

When Sybil Hicks died on February 2, 2019, her children realized they couldn’t write a simple obituary for such a remarkable woman.

Sybil had suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years, so it had been a long time since they’d spoken to their mother as they remembered her—a witty and outspoken woman.

“We just thought that when she died, we didn’t want this sort of boilerplate template obituary,” said Brian Hicks, Sybil’s second eldest child.

The siblings wanted to do something to honor their mother’s personality and take advantage of this opportunity to have “one last conversation” with her—albeit only one-sided—with some laughs.

So, after Sybil died that February morning at the age of 81, Brian and his sisters Brenda and Barbara wrote a daring yet heartfelt first-person obituary for their mother.

The obituary, which includes lines like “I finally have the smoking hot body I have always wanted… having been cremated,” was published on the Reynold’s Funeral Home website as well as in the Hamilton Spectator.

Nobody expects an obituary to be so entertaining to read, but this one was. Sybil even gained social media fame after her obituary was shared thousands of times on the internet.

It begins, “It pains me to admit it… but I, Mrs. Ron Hicks of Baysville, have passed away.”

Brian stated that his mother frequently referred to herself as “Mrs. Ron Hicks” to emphasize a point.

“She often used that term when she had an opinion about things,” he said. And Sybil often had one.

Although she sometimes used her husband’s name as her own, Sybil had an unusual moniker for her spouse.

“I leave behind my loving husband, Ron Hicks, whom I often affectionately referred to as a ‘Horse’s Ass,’” the obituary read.

Nobody expects an obituary to be so entertaining to read, but this one was. Sybil even gained social media fame after her obituary was shared thousands of times on the internet.

It begins, “It pains me to admit it… but I, Mrs. Ron Hicks of Baysville, have passed away.”

Brian stated that his mother frequently referred to herself as “Mrs. Ron Hicks” to emphasize a point.

“She used that term a lot, and I’ll give you an example,” Brian explained. “You know, whenever she said something loud and authoritative, my father would lovingly say to her, ‘Sybil, you know, can I help you down?'”

“And she would look at him quizzically and say, ‘What do you mean?'” he went on. “And he says, ‘Well, I can help you get off that soap box if you want.'” And then she’d call him a horse’s ass. So that’s how that term of endearment came to be.”

Ron, who is now being cared for by his “special friend Dorothy,” didn’t mind being roasted by his wife from beyond the grave one last time, according to the obit.

Brian and his sisters ran the unconventional obituary by him once it was finished. Ron laughed as they began to tell him about it because it was so perfect.

“He just felt so at ease with the way we presented the idea, and he just said, ‘Carry on, and I hope the service is just as enjoyable to commemorate your mother’s life.'” Brian remembered.

Each of Sybil’s children, whom she “tolerated over the years,” received a special mention in the obituary.

Her favorite was the eldest, Bob, while Brian was “the Oreo cookie favorite.” Barbara has been dubbed “Miss Perfect.”

Brenda “would rush to clean the bathrooms when company arrived,” and Brian “wouldn’t eat homemade turkey soup because he didn’t want to be alert looking for bones.”

Despite her sharp tongue, Brian described Sybil as a “kind-hearted person who always had a smile.”

For two decades, she worked as a nurse and assisted Ron in running a school bus company in Baysville. She also sews vests for the local Lions Club, collects bottles for charity, teaches sewing classes, and enjoys gardening.

The Hicks home was always open to Ron and Sybil’s and their children’s friends. Brian explained that their friends frequently did not want to leave and would end up staying for the night or over the weekend because they “enjoyed our family dynamic.”

Sybil was survived by her husband and his partner, five children, and thirteen grandchildren. According to her obituary, she appears to have lived a life filled with love and laughter—and that’s what really matters.

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Siblings wrote a hilarious first-person obituary for their deceased mother.
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