Ethel Bond Hicks, 94, went to be with the Lord at 1:10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Metropolis, with family and friends close by her side. She was the oldest daughter of Andy Elvis and Frances Pulliam Bond.
Ethel was born Jan. 12, 1921, in Thackery.
She was united in marriage with George Verner Hicks June 9, 1952.
Ethel was a retired cosmetologist having worked in her profession for over 40 years.
She was a past member of the Cairo Hairdressers Association where she won many competitions with her creations. She was a faithful member to the Order of Eastern Star 710 at Grand Chain for as long as her health would allow. She held many different stations one being that of Worthy Matron. Even after the age of 80 plus years, Ethel held the station of Conductress for an extended period of time, loving every minute of it.
She was an active member of the Karnak United Methodist Church where she served on many committees and as a Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women and enjoyed being able to hold an office, even in her later years.
Ethel had many talents including quilting and sewing clothes for her daughter and her granddaughters. She acquired the art of painting pictures including flowers, scenery and even one of her daughter, Sharon, whom she loved dearly.
Mrs. Hicks is survived by her daughter, Sharon Collins Wilson and husband, Gary; two sisters, Frances Mae Smith and Patsy Temke and husband, Lester, all of Karnak; two grandsons, Keith Wilson and wife, Holly, Garrett Wilson and wife, Karen, all of Karnak; four granddaughters, Paula Collins Fivecoat and husband, Jack, of Oswego, Dina Collins Messenger and husband, Rich, of Yorkville, Gina Collins Tomich and husband, Steve of Oswego, and Andrea Collins Austin and husband, Stuart, of Paducah, Kentucky; 13 great-grandsons, Trevor, Ryan and Bradley Wilson, Tyler Fivecoat, Matthew and Clifton Noble, Nathan and A.J. Messenger, Caleb and Jacob Felker, Phillip Tomich, Shane Story and Daniel Austin; four great-granddaughters, Nicole Renzetti, Kaylea Gerken, Jillian Tomich and Savannah Austin; one great-great-grandson, Joey Renzetti; three great-great-granddaughters, Sophia and Alexis Noble and Gianna Renzetti. She also leaves several nieces and nephews who claimed she was their “favorite” aunt Ethel.
Mrs. Ethel Hicks was preceded in death by her husband, George Verner Hicks on July 6, 1999; her parents; one son, Lesley Ray Collins on June 23, 1999; one granddaughter, Charlotte Marie Collins; and one brother, Noah Lee Bond.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in Karnak United Methodist Church, with both the Revs. Alan Milligan and Steve Heisner officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery at Belknap. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in Wilson Funeral Home with Eastern Star Rites presented at 7 p.m. Those wishing to pay their respects directly before the funeral may do so beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Music will be provided by Steve Heisner; granddaughters, Paula, Dina and Gina; and also by Geraldine Corzine. Pallbearers are Keith and Garrett Wilson, Jack Fivecoat, Rich Messenger, Steve Tomich and Stuart Austin. Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren. Flower bearers are Holly and Karen Wilson, Paula Fivecoat, Dina Messenger, Gina Tomich and Andrea Austin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Karnak United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 346, Karnak, IL 62956, or Lourdes Hospice, 911 Joe Clifton Drive, Paducah, KY 42001-3747.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak
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