Nancy Hickman, 71, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on October 23, 2018, of a pulmonary embolism. At Nancy’s request she was cremated and there will not be a formal service. There will be a memorial party Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Café Lily, 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030. Nancy was born and raised in Atlanta and graduated from Sylvan Hills high school. In high school she excelled at sports and won All City/All State Guard in girls’ basketball. She also played tennis competitively in high school. In her 50’s she returned to the tennis court playing in a seniors doubles team where she and her partner won a league tournament. With the encouragement and support of her beloved Mamoo (maternal grandmother, Flora Curtin) she earned a BA in Psychology from Georgia State University and an MSW from Atlanta University. With the goal of opening a psychotherapy practice, she worked at several psychiatric facilities in the Atlanta area. She earned her Licensed Clinical Social Worker license and opened her own private practice office in 1988. Since then, Nancy worked with a variety of clients including families, couples, and individuals. She also worked with adult sex offenders and the Huntington Disease Society. Her greatest passion was working with children both in the office and in residential settings. In 1977, while working on the psychiatric inpatient unit at Grady Memorial Hospital, Nancy met Jan Luke, a nursing student. They fell in love and began a journey together that has continued for over 41 years. In 2013 they joyfully made the relationship legal by marrying in Connecticut. In the early 90’s Nancy and Jan (now a nurse and a corporate trainer) cofounded Counseling and Training Services, Inc. Nancy, of course, provided the counseling and they both provided workshop training for social workers and other human services professionals. Nancy discovered a passion and knack for presenting ethical issues in enlightening and provocative ways that frequently led to very lively training sessions. She presented these workshops for over 20 years until health issues limited her stamina. These health issues led to her reluctantly closing her private practice office in July 2018. Nancy’s other interests included Atlanta Falcons and UGA football (especially when they are winning!), professional tennis, snorkeling and just being at any beach. This past July Nancy and Jan completed a bucket list item with a cruise to Alaska. In her words, “You have to go to Alaska – it is gorgeous! Go!” Nancy was preceded in death by Mamoo and several pets (cats Pooh Bear, Tuff Man & Butch and dogs Mandy, Lyndy and Ginger). She is survived by her wife Jan Luke; brothers Bart Hickman, Bill Fallin (Robyn) and Michael Fallin; sister Carrie Davis (Bruce), and brother-in-law Jim Luke (Sue Sweeney). Also by many cousins, nieces and nephews as well as many professional colleagues and friends. Again, at Nancy’s request, donations may be made to her favorite charity, PAWS Atlanta.

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  1. Nancy was a dear friend of my daughter Amy and family. I found her to be funny and easy to like, possessing a natural ability to engage. I know my grandchildren will really miss her.
    My heart goes out to Jan.

  2. Nancy sounds like a wonderful and talented individual, I’m glad that my cousin Jan and her met and had a great relationship. Jan, my thoughts are with you.

  3. I love the pic of Nancy! It captures her mischievous spirit & I can almost hear her belly laugh that would follow. She was a respected colleague & dear friend. I send wishes of peace & fond memories to all.

  4. I met Nancy almost 50 years ago, by way of her brother, and my good friend Bart Hickman. Whenever I was around Nancy, she would greet me with a beautiful smile and a big hug. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved a good joke. She was raised in a loving family, and was a clone of her wonderful mother. I know she left this earth with the feeling of fulfillment.
    God bless you,
    George Gerakitis

  5. Nancy and Jan have been part of the HLM family for as long as I can remember. I am sorry for your loss and am here for you Jan if you need anything.

  6. I met Jan and Nancy many, many years ago at Fourth Tuesday meeting early in the 80’s. They have been clients of mine for many years. Most of the time Jan came in to meet with me to get their business taxes done and she would update me on what she and Nancy had been up to for the past year. Our meetings were more of good friends catching up than of a business nature. My heart breaks for you Jan knowing you will be without the love of your life. Nancy was a great companion and I know the hole she leaves will be enormous. I am here to lend an ear any time. May Nancy RIP and I hope in time your wound will lessen and you will just remember all the amazing time you two shared together. Peace my friend.

  7. You (Bill) speaking of your sister today at the Y made me feel like I knew her. Your adoration of your sister was readily apparent. I wish I had been lucky enough to have known her while she was still with us. May the lighthouse guide her onward in her journey.

  8. Nancy was always such a joy to talk with. I have fond memories of the many meals we shared with her. I am thankful for the 41 years she and Jan had together. I know Nancy is at an eternal peace as she made a lasting impact during her time on Earth.

  9. Jan, Nancy was a very compassionate individual. She had a sincere love for the Behavior Science. She pursued her dreams professionally. May her soul RIP. Jan and for you I hope all is well and God continue to bless you. This statement is on behalf of The Class of 1983 The Atlanta University School of Social Work, Atlanta, Georgia.

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