Meta went to her heavenly father on Oct. 13. She was born on Dec. 5, 1939 to best loving parents Bryl and Dottie Howard (both deceased). She is survived by Ray Sickler, her husband of 61 years; son, James Dean Sickler I; daughter, Melody Lynn (Sickler) Salisbury and husband Richard; five grandchildren: James Dean Sickler II, Felix Ray Sickler, Korie Michelle Sickler, Brandi Lee Salisbury and Richard Salisbury II; nine great grandchildren: Xavier Casey James (Sickler) Hickman, Romey Dean Marie Hickman, Devon Ray Sickler, Kandence Sickler, Paul Conti, Tyler Conti, James Dean Sickler III (Zues), Callie Salisbury and Drake Salisbury. All family lives Nevada.
Meta’s family started off at a very young age. She was an only child. She met Ray Sickler at Mineral County High School and married him right out of high school on Nov. 16, 1958, her soul mate forever. They moved to Indian Springs in the early 1980’s. Ray began working at Nellis Air Force in Las Vegas for them to start their lives together. Meta was always able to stay home with all of their kids and make the best memories, which would last a lifetime. Meta and Ray were always meant to father and mother all children. All youth would call them mom and dad or gramma and grampa. There was nothing they did in their lives that didn’t include kids. Meta had small jobs throughout her life. She ran a trailer park in the Springs, she worked at thrift stores, flower shop, juvenile probation office and Mineral County School District cafeteria where her mother had been working for years.
Meta loved children and her mother, Dottie. Ray and Meta were able to move back to Hawthorne in 1997 to be closer to her parents. Ray retired from Nellis. Meta’s parents insisted she buy the house next door to them, which they did. They were able to have some years side by side and making ever lasting memories with the family all together. Meta loved thirft stores, flea markets, antique shops and yard sales. You couldn’t miss the 4’11” blonde hair, blue eyed little lady. Ray will be lost without her for a moment but he will patiently wait down here will all of his kids, that love him very much, until he gets to meet back up with Meta Jo again.
Meta had the best girlfriends ever. Diane Munger, Marie Linell and Margarite. These ladies comforted Meta through these last years of her life battling cancer. We thank you ladies. Meta always tried to make the best of any situation at anything that was thrown her way. Meta’s wish from day one, were to be cremated and no services whatsoever. Her saying for years “don’t come to my funeral, if you cannot come see me while alive. Don’t send me flowers if you cannot bring them to me while alive. Don’t cry for me if you cannot cry with me while alive.” Meta believed “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
We will respect all her wishes. The family will be focused on getting Ray through all of this. If you would like to do anything, please raise Ray up in this difficult moment. He loves to joke around with you, tell stories and loves cigars. Signing off for Meta Jo Sickler, in between the dashes in your life is what will matter.
Cathy Lynn Plevney
Cathy Lynn Plevney, age 56, a resident of Hawthorne for the past 13 years, passed away on Oct. 8 at Mt. Grant General Hospital from a sudden heart attack.
Plevney was born in Mountain View, Calif. on Feb. 22, 1963 to Robert and Mary Plevney. She grew up in California and was one of three children.
She had been employed by Safeway in Hawthorne for the past three years.
She is survived by her daughters: Alexandra Plevney and Breanna Plevney-Valentine both of Hawthorne; sister, Diane Plevney of Sunnyvale, Calif. and brother, Bob Plevney of Sacramento, Calif.
Her funeral will be held on Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Gunter’s Funeral Home of Hawthorne.