Shirley Jean Hickmon Fender

WICHITA - Shirley Jean Hickmon Fender, died at her home surrounded by her family on Feb. 19, 2021. Shirley was born to Joe and Gladys (Queen) Hickmon on March 28, 1936, in Homer, NE. She married Donald Duane Fender on Dec. 23, 1954 in Sioux City, Iowa. She graduated from high school in Sargent Bluff, Iowa. They moved to Wichita, KS, in 1984. She was an avid reader and her family was her ultimate joy.

Shirley is survived by Donald Duane Fender of Wichita, KS; daughter, Gail Jean Fender Hansen of Garden City, KS; son-in-law, Rick Thomeczek of Garden City, KS; granddaughters Richelle (Thomeczek) Hansen (Tim); Heather Hansen; Rachel Hansen. Grandson Matthew (Jamie). Shirley was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Becky Jo (Fender) Thomeczek; son-in-law, Frank Hansen; granddaughter, Nichole Hansen.

A private family graveside service will be held in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, KS. Memorials are suggested to Phoenix Hospice Care in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at

Posted online on February 23, 2021