She grew up in the Ava-Mansfield area, living through the years of the Great Depression as a child. She told her children happenings of this time as she remembered them.
While living in the Ava area, Mary met Delmer Joel Hicks. They were married on August 7, 1941, in Macomb, Missouri. Eight children were born to this union: Leroy, Lela, Lonnie, Lowell, Lena, Loren, Lyle, and Leslie. They lived in the Mountain Grove and Norwood, Missouri, areas during this time.
Mary was a hard worker, canning big gardens and blackberries in the spring and summer to help Delmer feed the family through the cold winter months. She sewed clothes for the family and she knew how to cook big meals. Logging, woodcutting, and milking cows were the way they made a living.
Mary and Delmer moved to Exeter, California, in June of 1965, where they lived for several years except for a short stay in Missouri in 1968; they returned to California in 1969. Delmer passed away in California, November of 1979. Mary then began working at a dress shop in Exeter doing alterations, and later began to help manage the store. She had sewn and made clothes for her family all through the years, and her cooking was a blessing from the Lord.
Mary moved back to Mountain Grove, Missouri, in March of 1987. She loved working and living for the Lord, even going on a missionary trip to Mexico. She played her guitar in church with Delmer in California and continued to do so in revivals and church services until the time of her sickness in June of this year. She was a giving person and enjoyed making quilts and embroidering dish towels and pillowcases, most of which she gave away as gifts to her family and anyone she felt the Lord would have her give them to. She loved her family and friends.
Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her precious husband, Delmer Hicks; an infant son, Lonnie Hicks; adaughter in-law, Karen; four brothers, Bill, Buck, Red and Jessie Orville; seven sisters, Thelma, Mattie, Ruth, Ruby, Dorthy, Iva, and Reba; four grandsons, Sam, David, TJ and baby Marty; one infant granddaughter, Tina Louise; and one infant great-granddaughter, Casey June.
Mary is survived by her children, Leroy and wife Delores, of Manes, Missouri, Lela and husband Dean of Manes, Lowell of Exeter, California, Lena and husband James of Mountain Grove, Loren and wife Nancy of Houston, Missouri, Lyle of Mountain Grove, and Les and his wife Ivy of Lebanon, Missouri; a brother in-law, Bob Clemens of California; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and lots of family and friends who will miss her so much.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Craig-Hurtt Chapel at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. James Rogers and Pastor Bill Kelly officiating. Randy Hicks, Mark Ellis, Terry Rogers, Dustin Wahl, Roger Hicks, and J.J. Romines will serve as pallbearers. Dustin Ellis (in honor of Sam), Joe Barnes, Mike Geifer, Mike Helmink, Keith Edwards, Stacy Rogers, Kent Schwert, Ronnie Bradshaw, Kerry Laxson, Joel E. Hicks, and Chris Laird will serve as honorary pallbearers. Song selections will be “Heaven’s Jubilee,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “Getting Ready To Leave This World,” rendered by Bill and Rose Kelly and Kirby Kelly. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.?