Betty G. Hickman

Betty G. Hickman, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side.

Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 ½ years, Buddy. Betty and Buddy were together through thick and thin. They built their lives together and made a strong loving home.

They planned for their daughter (Nicole) and lived life for her. They were a strong, loving, close family with a bond like no other.

Buddy passed away on November 12, 2021, and Betty grieved herself to a place from which she could not return. She is survived by her daughter, Nicole C. Walker, and her husband, Chris A. Walker; grandson, Charles G. Walker (Charlie); step-grandson, C.J. Walker and his wife Grace Walker; step-granddaughter, Chloe Skye Walker; and two loving cats, Ralphie and Jingo.

Betty will be missed more than she would ever know. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter or the American Heart Association. We ask you to be kind to animals and each other.

“Mom, you are the wind beneath my wings forever”, Love Cole.

Remembrance services will be held privately.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Nicole C Walker

    Mom I can’t understand how I am to go on without you. You are my best friend and wil be forever. You were so strong and tough and I imagined you by my side always. I will love you with all my heart until the end of time. You missed Dad terribly as do I. I tried to fill the void and I could not fill those shoes. I told you Tuesday “I will fight for you forever” and I will continue.
    I love you Mom so much and I will be lost without you.

  2. David Lawrence

    This is so much like my parents…Dad passed the 1st of November, 2016 and Mom followed in April….she was heartbroken by the loss of her 75 year plus partner. I knew Buddy at the shipyard and he always spoke lovingly of his wife….it is good they are together….God bless the family and friends left behind!

  3. Nicole Walker

    I lay here so sad not having you here. We are taking good care of Ralphie and Jingo. They are staying at home. We do not want them anymore upset than they are. We go twice a day. Love on them, talk to them and play. Mom I don’t know if I will ever be ok without you. Losing Dad changed me and now losing you feels like it broke me I hope you know how much I love you. You are the best friend I will never have again. My world is unbalanced and I am struggling We brought you home Friday your Urn is beautiful I have a charm that I will be wearing with you forever Stay with me Mom, I need you and I love you!

  4. Earl Slone

    Betty, I miss your surprise phone calls- your updates on what’s going on..I just want you to know Irene and I did very much enjoyed that last visit.. It was the best way to spend 2 1/2 hours.. The things you told me were so up lifting and meant the world to me..I’m so thankful you called.. So thankful we had those last hours together..I miss you and our talks..I loved you before and still love you now..Thank you for sharing your feelings with me..I feel joy knowing that You and Buddy are together and at peace.. Miss you both…Love You ,, Your brother ..Earl

  5. Nicole C Walker

    Mom today is Easter. I am broken and not myself. I do not see life without you. We were to get through this together. I cry so much I get sick. I am so angry and so sad all of the time. We lost Dad and I stepped up to make you as ok as possible. I am having a hard time geting through this. You are my rock, you always have been. I keep your purse in the same spot you left you Thursday night. I hold your purse tight and cry. Your clothes and water bottle still sit in the same spot. We got the blue recliner to ya’lls house. You loved that chair, it is now there. Ralphie has been sitting in it. Mom I love you so much, I hope you knew this. You and Dad have been my world. I am trying to get on track with Charlie, but I am not doing a very good job. I am so mad. I want you back with every breath. I want Dad back. I will never be the same. My heart is so broken.

    MOM I love you more than I think you really knew.


  6. Nicole Walker

    Mom Today is 2 months without You and 6 months without Dad. I am as depressed today as I was at those days. My life is so different without you and Dad. We are over at the house every day it is the one place I feel you and Dad, Chris and I have been working constantly at the house. We opened the pool new liner and boards being replaced on the deck. It looks so nice I have sit over and over I wish so bad you and Dad could be a part of this. I love you so much. Mom I don’t know how to do this without you. I am so mad and sad I don’t know how to express it
    I love you!!!!!

  7. Cole

    Mom tomorrow is my birthday, first birthday wothout you and Dad. I miss you so much Mom. I can’t stand not being able to call you, I struggle everyday not talking to you. Mom you would be so proud of us. We got the pool together. It looks so nice I stand at the window next to your chair and I just look out to the pool and think of how you would absolutely love it. It is so pretty and peaceful. We have new furniture and plants out there. Mom I never knew all the work that went into doing all that. Dad was amazing. There was nothing Dad couldn’t do. Ralphie and Jingo are doing ok, but I can tell Ralphie is looking for you. Mom I know in my heart you should still be here, Riverside took you. They took Dad too. A place that we are supposed to be able to trust, is the one place I feel the most afraid of. I love you so much Mom. I cry so much I don’t think I will ever stop. You were the one person I could call anytime about anything. I miss our calls so much My pain hurts like an ache that you can’t heal. We sold your car last week. I couldn’t be there. I couln’t see it go. I turned the plates in today. I am struggling Mom. Chris is struggling. Charlie is so confused, I honestly don’t think he has any idea waht his emotions are doing. Mom you are forever my rock, you said I was your rock…you are mine. I love you with every once of my being. I am thinking of hugging you so tight .

  8. Nicole Walker

    Mom I just wrote on Dads page. I miss you so much. Mom you are supposed to be here. I have to reach to a grief counselor, I am so broken. I am so sad. I cried today I ask over and over why and how did this happen???? Mom give me a sign a touch on the shoulder a whisper “Cole” please. I love you forever

  9. Cole

    Mom so you and Dads anniversary of 58 years and you guys are not here. I still can’t believe this has happened. You are so missed. We talk about you and Dad everyday. I am not the same person, Mom I will never be the same. I need you so bad and some days I don’t have enough in me to even try. I stay so sad and tired. Charlie is different he is always so mad. Mom I love you so much. I miss you more than any words can express.

  10. Nicole C Walker

    Mom I just wrote on Dad’s page. I know it has been a while since I have written. I started counseling a few months ago and had hoped to find some ease with losing you and Dad. I know there is no such thing as ease with this. My heart is broken “no one” can fix that. I miss you so much. The pain is so unbearable some days. You were always there for me. Your love was unconditional and I miss your presence. People say “your Mom is still with you” I wish that were true. I don’t feel your presence, I can’t call you, I can’t hug you…I will never be the same. I carry regret and anger. I hate Riverside. They took you and Dad. My level of hate wears on me like a deep wound. Mom I lay with your clothes at night, just to have your belongings near me. I hold them and cry. I cry so hard that my chest feels like it could explode.
    Mom I love forever.

  11. Nicole Walker

    Yesterday was your birthday. I stayed busy. I am so sad everyday without you and Dad. I can’t escape the pain of missing you guys. Every aspect of life we shared, there is an emptiness in my life that will never be fixed. I miss you so much I am sick most days. I miss you more than anyone can understand. I love you so much!

  12. Nicole Walker

    Mom, I kinow it has been a while since I have written on here. Mom I miss you such, the pain is overwhelming. Life is hard, I feel lost without you in it. This is not the way it was supposed to be. I say it repeatedly Riverside took you. Dr.Shipp is a murderer, she took you. The hospitalists think they know everything…they do not. You and I tried telling them their suggestions were mistakes, they would not listen. Mom I am so sorry I could save you from those monsters.
    Charlie is having a hard time with this, he stays angry. I do too, life is not the same without you.
    We are working in the house. The bedroom is yellow again, you would be pleased. We are working in the kitchen now. I am so sorry we did not do all of this sooner.
    I miss you!!!


  13. Nicole Walker

    Mom it’s me. Here we are Dad’s birthday and you guys are not here. Me and Chris sat on yalls porch today and he said it perfectly…”I would so much like to be waiting on your Mom and Dad right now to figure out where we are going for dinner”
    Mom my heart hurts daily. I actually feel sick most days. The sandess is overwhelming. I miss you and Dad so much.
    I love you so much.

  14. Nicole Walker

    I just left a note on Dad’s page. I know it has been a while since I have came to these pages. It is getting harder and harder each day. I am so sad everyday. I have to keep going for Charlie, I am not doing that well at all. I will never be myself again and I can’t get myself in an ok place so I cannot get Charlie in ok place. I have visions of those last couple days and I am so angry. We were not being heard, we were being dismissed by those nurses and doctors. My life is screwed without you and Dad. It is not a full life, it is not a happy life. I am sad I am angry I am mad I have hate I have misery I have a hole in my heart I keep pain I have fear I have tragedy. All of that is horribe to live with. I miss you and Dad so much. I need you so much. I need your presence I need your hugs I need you!!!

  15. Nicole Walker

    Today is your birthday. My sadness is no different than the first day without you. I cry everyday. I can’t escape the sadness it weighs on me like a heavy coat. I will be honest I don’t want to escape it. I don’t want to not have you and Dad. Charlie is carrying his sadness deep inside. Mom I can’t help Charlie because I cannot help me. I told Chris last night I still cannot wrap my head around it that you and Dad are not here. Life has changed so much. I don’t feel that sweet love I used to. I can’t overcome the anger. I know this is not healthy I get it, but I do not know how to do life without you and Dad. People have really shown their true colors along the way too. I have felt so much disappointment not just for me but Charlie. Not giving Charlie the support is gut wrenching. I will never stop loving you and missing you. Charlie wrote Santa his letter and gave to Jingles to take to Santa. Mom he told Santa “I know I am not on the nice list this year, all I want is my Grandparents back.” He said ” I like the snow globe you gave me last year.” Last year he asked for a snow globe so he could see you and Dad whenever he wanted. I made a snow globe with ya’lls picture. Mom my heart is broken. I love you with every ounce of my being. I think about you and Dad everyday. Mom my heart is with you!

  16. Nicole Walker

    Mom, I just finished writing on Dad’s page. I am sitting here in front of you and Dad’s urns. I am crying as usual. Tomorrow is another birthday without you and Dad. Mom I say this constantly I need my Mom! Without you and Dad I am not truly taking in life. Chris and Charlie are not enough. They both bring me sadness. I don’t have the connection with Charlie anymore. He is not the same and I know your not being here has affected him too. He is too much like Chris. I am not happy. I don’t ever see myself being happy. I know I feel alone. You and Dad had my back, always. I could talk to you guys about anything. I have been calling Chris while he is at work trying to get that chance to talk things through, it’s not the same. He and I are in a sketchy place too. Like I said I am not happy. I feel like I did so much wrong in my life. I don’t want to be here. I thought I was fighting so hard for you and Dad, but now I question did I do enough? I will always have the doubt and it haunts me daily. Life is so taxing. I am sad and honestly I don’t want to not be sad. This is who I am now. I am at a wall and not sure what to do. Mom I miss you more than I can explain. I know I have not written on here in a while I have thought about it. I just go through the motions anymore. I love you Mom!

    Love you,

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