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FRAMINGHAM  – Jean E. (McGowan) Hickson died on August 30, 2021 at the age of 89.

Born in Framingham and raised in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Francis E. McGowan and the late Elizabeth Graham (Roberts) McGowan, and the sister of Anne M. (McGowan) Mackey of Hull and the late Francis “Ed” McGowan.

After graduating Natick High School, Jean worked at Framingham Cooperative Bank where she met her husband Charles W. Hickson to whom she was married for 61 years before his passing in 2017.

She is survived by her children Kathleen A. Hickson of Nantucket, Michael C. Hickson of Marblehead, and Patricia M. Hickson of Hartford, CT; and many nieces and nephews.

Private services will be scheduled at a later date.

Donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at 

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