Manila native enjoys visiting home

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Manila will always be home to Teresa Williams Sickels even though she has not lived in Northeast Arkansas for many years. She and her husband, Wayne Sickels, are both natives of Manila. They now live in Phoenix, Ariz., but enjoy coming home to visit. They were in Manila last week.

Both their families are long time residents of Manila. Mrs. Sickels is the daughter of Minnie Lou Williams and the late Bert Williams. Dr. Sickels is the son of Dora Sickels and the late Moaten Sickels.

Following their Manila High School education, Mrs. Sickels went on to receive her medical technician degree and Dr. Sickels received a doctorate in physical chemistry.

The couple left Fayetteville and moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Dr. Sickels received his post doctorate degree. After a year, they moved to Phoenix where he went to work in the State crime forensic lab. Their next stop was Memphis, Tenn., where Dr. Sickels also worked for the state crime lab. The couple then moved to El Dorado for nine years and then on to Little Rock for 12 years, where Dr. Sickels spent 20 years in the environmental hazardous waste industry. He is now starting a new career as a mortgage broker.

Teresa Sickels has worked for 30 years in the medical field. She is now working for a large clinic near her home.

In addition to her full time job, she began doing home shows with Premier Jewelry. A friend got her started in the business. She likes jewelry and she likes people and is enjoying her job.

"Premier Jewelry company is based on Christian principles and I enjoy meeting new people," Mrs. Sickels said.

The Sickels decided to return to the Phoenix area about six years ago to be close to their children and grandchildren. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Waina is married to Darrell Tadley. Their youngest daughter Shannon is married to Doug Hoffpauir and they have two children, Zachary 9 and Hillary 6.

Mrs. Sickels also enjoys decorating houses and that led to a second sideline. She and her daughters started with friends and worked into a small business. They still occasionally decorate. Waina does the sewing for the group and calls herself the manufacturing side of the business.

Mrs. Sickels' hobbies include golf and reading.

They do come home to Manila as often as they can. Mrs. Sickels said in addition to missing her family, she misses the big trees and greenery of the area.

Mrs. Sickels said she does not cook every night since her girls are grown, but she does like to cook and is sharing some of her favorite recipes.

Baked Potato Topping

1 large cream cheese, softened

1 stick oleo, softened

bunch green onions (tops only)

5 slices bacon, crumbled (or bacon bits)

Whip all together.

Frozen Salad

2 cartons strawberry flavored yogurt

cup mayonnaise

cup sugar

Fruit cocktail drained

Miniature marshmallows

Mix together and pour into cupcake liners and freeze. After frozen, place in freezer bags and use as needed.


1-5 oz. Package noodles

1 pound ground chuck

1 medium onion chopped

1 can tomato paste (large)

1 tsp. salt

Garlic salt


pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Cook noodles until tender. Brown onion and meat, drain. Add all the above ingredients to meat mixture except cheese. Top with cheese and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes or until brown.

Chicken Spaghetti

Boil two chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Debone. Reserve one cup of broth.

Saute in butter

1 large onion

About 3 stalks celery chopped

1 jar sliced mushrooms, drained

green peppers if desired


1 cup cream of mushroom soup

Melt two garlic cheese logs

Add chopped chicken

Cook spaghetti.

Add spaghetti and one half to one cup chicken broth. Pour into buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle with grated cheese (cheddar).

Bake at 350 degrees with lid until bubbly. Take off lid to brown cheese.

Makes two round casseroles.

Layered Salad


1 head lettuce

to 1/ cup chopped onions

cup celery

1 can water chestnuts, drained

1 package frozen peas

2 cups mayonnaise, mixed with 2 Tbsp. sugar

Put mayonnaise mixture on top to seal.

Prepare this the day before and cover with saran wrap.

Mix together:

5 boiled eggs chopped and crumbled

to 1 pound bacon, crumbled

2 or 3 tomatoes, chopped

Place on top of the salad and serve.

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