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Nate Hicks2020, Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rawiga Road, Seville, OH, USA: "Dear friends and family,

My beautiful sister would have turned 42 yesterday. We gathered as a family at her gravesite yesterday and said some prayers and read some bible passages together and laid flowers on her tombstone.

In case anyone ever wants to visit her gravesite, her remains were buried at the Western Reserve National Cemetery near Medina, OH. It is about a 30 min drive from our hometown of Olmsted Falls. It is a beautiful and well maintained cemetery and surrounded by gorgeous Ohio countryside and farmland.

Her gravesite is section 14, site 1107. I pray we all find peace despite our sadness and longing for her presence."
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Marisa Pace
Hey Micala, decided to spend your birthday by saying YES! to spontaneously flying to Florida for a friends wedding. Because that’s the type of friend you are. You always showed up for people. Even if that person was me- inviting you and the girls to a last minute impromptu ice cream party for one of my girls at 7pm on a Sunday night where I promised not to give the kids too much sugar on a school night :) you always showed for people. I’m choosing to continue your legacy and do the same. They say we forget what people said, we remember how they made us feel. You always made everyone in your orbit feel special and 🥰 loved. I’m going to do my best to honor that legacy by doing the same. Love you friend. #armywivesforever
Autumn Seibel2020, Port Orange, FL, USA: "Hey Micala, decided to spend your birthday by saying YES! to spontaneously flying to Florida for a friends wedding. Because that’s the type of friend you are. You always showed up for people. Even if that person was me- inviting you and the girls to a last minute impromptu ice cream party for one of my girls at 7pm on a Sunday night where I promised not to give the kids too much sugar on a school night :) you always showed for people. I’m choosing to continue your legacy and do the same. They say we forget what people said, we remember how they made us feel. You always made everyone in your orbit feel special and 🥰 loved. I’m going to do my best to honor that legacy by doing the same. Love you friend. #armywivesforever"
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Kingsley Kwayisi — "Hello Micala, Today is special because its your 42nd birthday. Even though we cannot share with you physically we do so by faith. We are certain that you are with God and serving with the angels. Today we send our best of wishes to you and the organizations you served so well and to tell the world that your good works follow you. Enjoy the best of of heavenly birthday party as angels sing and Jesus hangs out with you. You remain in our hearts forever. Happy glorious birthday Micala. Rest well in the Lord."
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Barb McCray — "We would like to share condolences for Micala. We are parents of a fellow FAO of Jason’s, Matt McCray. We are so saddened by Micala’s untimely passing...what an extraordinary woman as related to us by our son. May God give you strength in the coming days and that her memory sustain you all. Art and Barb McCray"
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Julie Zeigler — "Our deepest condolences to all of your family. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you love and peace in your grief."
Mario & Maria I Chave) Rodriguez — "Dear Siler and Hicks Family, our deepest condolences to you all. May God’s love and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and console you and give Micala eternal rest and may His light shine on her forever!
Familia Rodriguez & Grandma Araujo"
Allison Marschean — "Micala and I were classmates at the Academy. While I don't recall ever having class with her, I would see her around from time to time since we were in the same Cadet Regiments (1st and 2nd) all 4 years .
She was ALWAYS a pleasure to run into and usually had a big smile on her face. My friendship with her began our first summer at the Academy as we were roommates during BEAST Barracks. There were three of us in a room that summer and we made some fun and funny memories!
My heart hurt so much to hear the news. As a sister in Christ I know I will see her again and for that I am thankful."
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Lorelei Felix — "I met Mikey summer of 1997. We were in the same company of Beast barracks our plebe summer at West Point. Mikey even sat at my mess table the first half of the summer. After that first summer, I didn't see her often until our cow and firstie years. We shared the same academic major Engineer Psychology so I saw her quite often, almost every day! What struck me about Mikey - no what how difficult the task, no matter how daunting the challenge, she always approached everything with a smile and had fun. Really! Everyone approaches challenges differently, some with a stern grimace, like they have an ax to grind, or as if they carry some heavy burden. But Mikey always approached every challenge at school like it was a fun game, to be played, won and the accolades to be shared with friends. And she always did it with a carefree easy smile and laugh - something rare in that environment. She wasn't above admitting her weaknesses. I remember her the day after her first triathlon – we asked her how it had gone. She sheepishly admitted that she wasn’t as good at biking and swimming as she was running (everyone knew her talent for running). But then she laughed and said that she was glad she had tried it anyway.
I’m not surprised that she went on to work in a non-profit for children in need. Mikey was always giving. Always. I wish her family and loved ones strength for the journey ahead. Grief never disappears, but we learn to live with it, and ultimately grow from it. I want her daughters to know how strong their mom was, in every way – mind, body and soul. I can still hear her cadence song, clear as day, as she did pushups in on the floor of her baracks room “T-bones are good for you! T-bones are good for me!” Fare thee well Mikey Hicks. I will never forget your strength or your kindness. The heavenly guard has gathered another angel to their ranks – may you shine on eternal.
All my love,
Lorelei Felix
USMA 2001, Companies Bravo, A1, A3
Rise to the challenge and never quit!"
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Allison Pinkham — "Sending my deepest condolences to the Sila Family and the Hicks family.

Micala was such an amazing person and it was an absolute honor to know her as a friend and fellow member of A Family For Every Orphan.

I met Micala when we lived in Germany at the same time. I had a heart for helping orphans but didn't know how to put my passion to work until I met Micala. We connected at our local church and she shared the work she was doing with A Family For Every Orphan. I was instantly drawn to her and in awe of her optimism, her sense of hope, her passion and her overall spirit.

We met for coffee chats at our local bakery on many Fridays to talk about life and balancing being wives and mothers with work. We excitedly talked about what our futures held and prayed for each other and for wisdom for our choices and decisions.

Though I only knew Micala for a short time, she was an immediate inspiration in my life. Her passion for helping others and her incredible work ethic was simply contagious and she helped me to raise my level of passion and contribution just by seeing her example of what she was doing.

I also had the opportunity to witness first hand how she constantly lifted everyone up and gave accolades for the work everyone was doing in A Family For Every Orphan. She was so dedicated getting up for 3:00 a.m. conference calls (due to being in a different timezone) and was always being incredibly prepared for all our board meetings and really exemplifying leadership in so many ways.

Her influence will continue to live on in so many lives that she has touched in her short time on earth and I am so honored to be one of those lives that she touched and inspired so positively going forward.

Much love Micala. We miss you!!

Allison"
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Jake Snodgrass — "Praying for the Siler Family. We are praying that gives you peace and rest and fuels in all of us a longing for God to make all things new."
PEGGY STOCKDALE1990: "Met Micala and the Hicks family when they moved to Lantern Dr. I had moved onto the street just about a month before them. The entire Hicks family has always been a wonderful and loving family. My love and prayers are with Mike, Celeste, Jason and her entire family. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you.
Peggy Stockdale"
Dennis Stocker — "While I didn't know Micala, we were blessed to have her in this world. Peace to all knew and loved her.
Dennis Stocker
a NASA coworker of her father, Mike"
Micala and I stopping by to visit Hilary after the board meeting for A Family For Every Orphan
Allison Pinkham2019, Seattle, WA, USA: "Micala and I stopping by to visit Hilary after the board meeting for A Family For Every Orphan"
Kate SalmonWest Point, NY, USA: "I met Micala while visiting my son at USMA. Her mother, Celeste, had been so kind to me when she new my son was joining the Long Gray Line, too. I started sending occasional care packages to Micala while she and another OFHS grad were cadets there with my son. Micala was a stunning beauty- not just outwardly- but ‘inwardly’, too. We have lost a most precious gift to the world in losing Micala."
Jason Waters — "My deepest condolences to the family. Mikey and I were in the Officer Badic Course together, as 2LT(s). She was one of the sweetest and baddest Soldier, I have ever seen. I pray that her legacy provides comfort to the family."
Angela Smoot — "My deepest condolences to the family. Mickie and I were lieutenants/PL in Korea. She kicked @$$ and was a true inspiration—she was hard charger when it came to running/fitness and she was an outstanding leader. She was a Christian, she was sweet as they come. I last saw her and her family in Germany. We ran into each other while out and about—she invited me over dinner. May she Rest In Peace."
Tanis Merimee — "My heart breaks for the Hicks and Siler families. I cannot imagine the sorrow that all of you are experiencing. Please know that our family has been praying every day that Our Lord will comfort you in this difficult time. Our admiration for her joyful spirit, her kind heart, and her beautiful smile will always be cherished.

We have such fond memories of Micala on Christmas Eve at the Schneider's house and loved it when she brought her violin and joined us in playing Christmas songs! We are also grateful that we were able to play for her wedding and be there to witness that special occasion in her life."
Terri Shank — "My sincere condolences to the Hicks and Siler families. Micala played basketball and soccer with my daughter in high school. She was a fierce competitor but still always had a smile on her face. Her amazing legacy will live on with her four beautiful daughters."
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Jeannie Rhodes — "To Michela’s family: praying every day for HIS loving arms around you. Jeannie Wooten Rhodes"
Karen Maculley — "Dear Mike, Celeste and family. The obituary is beautiful and mirrors what David used to share with me about Micala. He was an admirer of Micala and was so proud that she shared a footprint with him at West Point. I know David met her in Heaven and hand-in-hand they fly among the angels in serving our Lord Savior. May God wrap his arms around you with love and bring you comfort in the days ahead. Love Karen Maculley-Fastabend 🙏"
Scott Phillips — "My deep and sincere condolences to both the Hicks and Siler families. I had the pleasure of going to middle school through high school with Micala and I knew her as nothing less than the absolutely amazing person that everybody else has described perfectly.

To her family and close friends - please take heart in knowing that you will see her again and often if you are looking for her. She is most certainly in her girls’ faces. Maybe you can see her bounding, determined step in their walks or they inherited her infectious laugh. Perhaps her little quirks and mannerisms appear, or her passions and interests shine through them. The leadership and models that she laid out are likely followed by many, not realizing it until they stop and think about where it all came from. Micala is still very much here - she is in the details - and she will never be gone from this world as long as you keep looking and listening with your heart."
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Wendy Suto-King — "Sending my deepest condolences for her family, hugs and prayers are being sent for the family during this time."
Joseph Russell — "Such a tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers are with the entire family as they go through this most difficult time. Micala and our daughter were classmates at West Point, and we met her family through the West Point Parents Club of Northeast Ohio. May she Rest in Peace, and may her good work on this earth continue in her memory. Joe and Sharon Russell"
Molly Borden Heatherly — "I had the complete pleasure of meeting Micala, Jason and their beautiful girls while being stationed together in Wiesbsden.

It was my sister, Heidi Borden Anderson (who shared a lifelong friendship with Micala) that pieced together Micala and I were living in the same city! Ironically, we lived 1 street over from each other, but didn’t actually meet each other until a few days before Christmas, December 2017! We almost literally ran into each other while shopping at the commissary (on post grocery store). She stopped me and we instantly hit it off!! I am sure part of it was because we both had my sister in common, but the other part was because Micala was one of those people you just knew the second or minute you met her, you would truly love her and her amazing personality!!

Micala had this presents about her that would bring a smile to your face even if you were having the worst day ever. She always had a smile on her face and brought so much joy to me knowing her for such a short time!

She represented a true Catholic Christian woman and truly lived her life the way all believers should live. What an amazing role model she was for her girls.

Sending sincere condolences and continued prayers for Jason, the girls, parents, siblings and extended family. May you find peace in the memories you hold near and dear to your hearts.

Blessings,
Molly Borden Heatherly"
Judy Borden — "My daughter Heidi Borden Anderson became good friends while they were both at Ft Lewis, WA. Heidi has spoken very highly of your wife, daughter, daughter-in-law or sibling. May God Bless You All. My heart is broken because someone so special taken away too soon.
Blessings & Hugs,
Judy Beard Borden"
Diane Pellerite — "Mikala your loving spirit will not be forgotten. You have competed well; you have finished the race; you have kept the faith. Your crown of righteousness ...the Lord will award you.
You already are deeply missed. It was a blessing to have known you. Diane Pellerite"
Andrew McCollum — "I am so sorry to hear about this. I graduated high school with Micala and she may have been the smartest and sweetest person that I have ever met. It really saddens me to know of her passing and it is no surprise to me that she made such a big, loving, and lasting impact on this world. She will be missed and always remembered."
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Catelynn Koharik — "I can't even imagine what a loss this amazing family must be feeling right now.
Micala was such an amazing woman and I have been so blessed to have known the Hicks family my whole life.
They are a strong powerful group of very talented people and I know they are all strong!"
Dianne and Rich Moore — "Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you with His abundant grace and love."
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Another memory to share here, in 2017 the Siler family joined us and other friends for a weekend in Seattle. With many of all our very young children making things challenging at times (to put it lightly haha), I came away in utter awe for how Jason and Micala regularly and joyfully took their young kids all over the world with them. Micala and Jason understood that their career callings and being exposed to a world in need was far more important for their girls to witness than any inconveniences that may have come with that lifestyle. Micala's legacy will live on in her family.
Karl Scheuerman2017, Seattle, WA, USA: "Another memory to share here, in 2017 the Siler family joined us and other friends for a weekend in Seattle. With many of all our very young children making things challenging at times (to put it lightly haha), I came away in utter awe for how Jason and Micala regularly and joyfully took their young kids all over the world with them. Micala and Jason understood that their career callings and being exposed to a world in need was far more important for their girls to witness than any inconveniences that may have come with that lifestyle. Micala's legacy will live on in her family."
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Aaron Ashley — "Someone wise once told me,“God is too good to be unkind and too wise to be mistaken. When we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”

Praying for those left behind. My comfort is this: We WILL see Micala again!"
Dawn Mentzer — "We are very sorry to hear this tragic news. I graduated from OF with her. What a sweet and caring girl...always happy, with a smile on her face. I’ve read all of the posts from others and it sounds like she lived quite a beautiful life. I’m so sorry that she was taken from you all too soon. She will live on in her gorgeous girls. Love and prayers to the family. 💕🙏🏼💕"
Lyubov Onyskevych — "I am very sorry for your loss. Micala was a bright person with a beautiful smile and lovely heart. May God bless you and protect you. You are in my heart and prayers."
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Pamm Ohlinger — "I never had the privilege of meeting Micala, but I have been overwhelmed by the evidence of her goodness, kindness and Christian love. I had the immense honor of meeting her girls at KIS and frequently talked with my husband about what shining lights they are....truly a testament to their parents. My thoughts and deepest prayers are with you all in mourning the loss of your beautiful wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. May you feel Jesus' comfort in very real and tangible ways."
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I've had the fortune of witnessing first-hand the incredible impact Micala had in her work as Executive Director of A Family for Every Orphan. Under her leadership, she transformed a tiny non-profit startup into a global organization that has helped thousands of orphans be placed in loving local families. Her legacy will live on. I'm also grateful for knowing Micala personally as a dear friend and wife of my lifelong best friend. I so greatly admired Jason and Micala as a family unit. Our hearts mourn with the entire family, and remain thankful for getting a chance to have her in our lives.
Karl Scheuerman — "I've had the fortune of witnessing first-hand the incredible impact Micala had in her work as Executive Director of A Family for Every Orphan. Under her leadership, she transformed a tiny non-profit startup into a global organization that has helped thousands of orphans be placed in loving local families. Her legacy will live on. I'm also grateful for knowing Micala personally as a dear friend and wife of my lifelong best friend. I so greatly admired Jason and Micala as a family unit. Our hearts mourn with the entire family, and remain thankful for getting a chance to have her in our lives."
Jim & Loretta McClelland — "We are so very sorry for the loss of Micala. She was precious in the eyes of our Lord. Praying for comfort for your hearts. May she Rest In Peace."
Group trip to Leavenworth - Photo courtesy of Jenn Foxworth
Richard T. Moore2006, Leavenworth, WA, USA: "Group trip to Leavenworth - Photo courtesy of Jenn Foxworth"
Jodi Swisher — "I went to High School with Micala and I'm deeply saddened to hear of her passing. Sending love and prayers to her family. R.I.P Micala."
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David Cibik — "I got to spend a couple years with Mikey in the F2 Zoo, our West Point company. She was cool enough to hang with the boys and even the underclassmen! One quick story I'll always remember: I was learning to play guitar one year, and had a buddy Pete Bakke over on the keys, and she heard it, and promptly grabbed her violin and was jamming with us less than 5 minutes later! Did we sound good? No! Did we have fun? Yep! And on her way out, she tripped and fell putting her violin away and hit the corner of her eye on the corner of the sink, and had to go to the hospital immediately for stitches! Was she a little clumsy? Yep! And did we love her? Yes!!!!!!!!!!!! She was a beautiful soul and I am so deeply saddened for every single person that knew her and mourns her loss. I also knew her as a Catholic and Christian and Clevelander, and her spirit shined everyday. Heaven is quite the perfect place for a person like that. John 16:33
-- David Cibik '02 Go Zoo!"
Heidi Anderson — "Craig and I are deeply saddened to hear this devastating news of our dear friend, Micala.

She was one of the kindest and sweetest people I knew with such a loving heart, a beautiful spirit, and a shining example of Christ.

Micala and I were West Point classmates and although we were friendly there, we didn't become lifelong friends until we were both stationed at Ft. Lewis together. I am so thankful and grateful our lives crossed again because we were able to share so many laughs on our long runs in and around Ft. Lewis as well as life milestones together like meeting our husbands and sharing in the joy and excitement of knowing we found the one, having children about the same time and experiencing motherhood together. Although that was the only time we lived near each other, she never made the miles between us seem distant.

Micala did everything with her whole heart. As a West Point cadet, she was the very first female to graduate from the rigorous and physically demanding Sapper School. As an Engineer Company Commander, I remember her saying she would wake up between 4-430am so she could get work done before her actual day started at 630am with Physical Training (PT) with her Soldiers. Before becoming a mother, she shared Easter brunch with my husband and me along with some other friends. She baked an Easter Bunny cake because she wanted the few young children who were present to enjoy it. Through her non-profit organization, she helped numerous orphans find loving families. She loved Jason and their 4 beautiful girls more than life itself. She was a true gem with a smile that lightened any room and could change your mood for the better. She will be greatly missed!

Continued prayers for Jason, their 4 beautiful daughters, Keira, Noelle, Cheyenne, and Natalie, her parents, siblings, and all their families."
Lorna Case — "I'm so sorry to hear about this. I knew Mikey from USMA. She was such a bright and wonderful girl. I pray for her dear family and friends."
Donna Cassin — "It is apparent that the world is a better place because we were graced with her presence.......now she is receiving her reward with the Lord. My condolences to her family."
Eric Duckworth — "Shannon and I express our deepest condolences for this shocking loss. During our time with Mikey & Jason at Ft. Lewis, Mikey was a ray of positive energy, optimism, and selflessness as she helped families in Jason's troop command as well as her own duties. A leader of people, of spirit, and an example of love and genuine compassion to all she met."
Lisa DeLong — "A loss of a beautiful loving woman. Truly an angel on earth. Her kindness was just blossoming when I met her as a student in high school. I never imagined the light she would shine on the world. I am so sorry for your loss."
Lynn Savron — "My deepest condolences at the tragic passing of a brilliant, sweet, kind young woman. Praying for your family. May the peace and Presence of the Lord guard your hearts and minds during this very difficult time."
Kevin Vesely — "Such an amazing person and an amazing family. My heart broke when I heard the news of her passing. I will be pleading with God to cover the family in his peace and comfort!"
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Jessica Caraballo ( Holland ) — "Oh Micala, sweet friend. The news of your passing has shaken us all. I am so sorry this happened. You were our unofficial high school class of 1997 cheerleader. You were kind to everyone you encountered and the joy in your heart illuminated the hallways. You were especially kind to me our senior year together and I will never forget that my friend. Although our hearts are heavy with sadness, I am trying to take comfort in knowing you are safe in our heavenly father's arms. I can just picture you wrapped up in his arms while he whispers to you, " Well done. ""
Kathy Henderson — "I was so sorry to hear of Micala’s passing. My prayers are with her family to find some sort of comfort. I had Micala in class at the middle school and can say she was the most special student. Her work ethic and caring personality surpassed most others. My heart goes out to the Hicks and Siler families. I will keep you in my prayers"
Crystal — "You were a true angel of the Lord. You brought comfort and joy to so many in your life time. You were an inspiration to many. You may have your wings now and be with the Lord, but I know you will never be forgotten. You will always be an inspiration to many as memories and your life stories are told to others. May peace and comfort come to those who you surrounded in their time of grief
Crystal"
Visit with A Family For Every Orphan to visit kids and families in 2010.
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Micala change of command ceremony at Ft. Lewis in May 2009
Richard T. Moore2009, Fort Lewis, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, USA: "Micala change of command ceremony at Ft. Lewis in May 2009"
Micala and Jason on wedding day
Richard T. Moore2009, Ohio, USA: "Micala and Jason on wedding day"
Alexis Jung — "Mikey and I were '01 classmates at West Point and both in F2 - "the Zoo." I'm so very sorry to hear of her passing and my heart breaks for all of her family. As a father of four, I cannot imagine or comprehend the pain and sorrow this family is experiencing. We all loved Mikey. Her spirit and smile were infectious. Be thou at peace....

'Til Duty is Done
Alex"
Reunion smiles! Love ❤️ this girl.
Rocky Wallace2017, Germany: "Reunion smiles! Love ❤️ this girl."
Karen Milutinovic — "May it comfort you to know that, Micala is safe in God's care now, and we are praying for you in your time of sorrow. With deepest sympathy, Aleks and Karen Milutinovic"
Carol Connor — "I am so, so sorry for the whole Hicks and Siler families. I had Micala, and her two brothers, in 6th grade. What a wonderful person as well as the whole family. The only thing I can offer is thoughts and prayers which does not seem nearly enough.
Carol Connor"
Scott Davis — "We are numb at the loss of such a vibrant soul. May peace be brought to the family.
RIP"

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