In lieu of flowers
To the Hicks family:
I knew Micala from high school at OFHS. She and I were in a few of the same classes together throughout high school and had many friends in common, and often were at the same parties and events together.
I am finally making it to the Cleveland area to pay respects to Micala at her resting place. I will be visiting on Friday afternoon (1/27/2023). I don’t know if this site is still monitored, but if Nate (who I knew from OFHS as well) or any other family members wish to reach out, my number is 937-869-8469.
Rest in peace in the company of God our Lord.
In lieu of flowers
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.
Familia Rodriguez & Grandma Araujo
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.
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,
USMA 2001, Companies Bravo, A1, A3
Rise to the challenge and never quit!
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!!
a NASA coworker of her father, Mike