Elizabeth Jane Pattavina Hickey, 89, a longtime Lexington resident who was active in women's rights organizations and supported a number of Democratic political campaigns, died Thursday.
Mrs. Hickey, who moved recently to Alexandria, Va., died at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital of complications following surgery.
She was married to John King Hickey, an Air Force officer with whom she traveled extensively, for more than 67 years.
After John Hickey retired, the couple moved to Lexington, where they lived for 41 years.
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According to an obituary provided by the family, Mrs. Hickey was a nurse who advocated for women's rights and attended the 1977 National Women's Conference in Houston as part of a delegation led by Martha Layne Collins, who later served as governor of Kentucky.
In addition to volunteering on Democratic political campaigns, she worked with Planned Parenthood of Lexington and was active in the League of Women Voters, among other organizations.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hickey is survived by her children, Roger D. Hickey, Patricia Hickey Corsini and Jack Hickey, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her family will hold a celebration of her life March 11 at The Fairfax retirement community in Fort Belvoir, Va.