Margie Nell Hicks, daughter of the late Dessman Eldridge Harris and Myrtle Ona Bean Harris, was born on April 15, 1935, at Morley and died on Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at her home in Advance at the age of 71.
Mrs. Hicks was raised in the Bootheel of Missouri where she chopped and picked cotton by hand while carrying a canvas sack on her back to put it in. She began working for the public at the age of 16 where she waited on tables at a fancy restaurant. Later she would work at a laundry and cleaners. She was also a retired child care worker in the Juvenile Center at Bloomfield. She was a long-standing member of the Church of Christ where she loved helping others and visiting her shut-in friends. She also served nine years as 4-H Club leader.
She was united in marriage to Joseph Edward Hicks on Nov. 28, 1953, in Sikeston. Mr. Hicks survives of the home in Advance.
Besides her husband, survivors include two sons, Gary Allen Hicks of Bloomfield and Ronald Steven Hicks of Sikeston; two daughters, Donna Gail Moreira of Sheldon, S.C., and Melana Jo Long of Advance; three sisters, Glennie Pearson of New Madrid, Lillian Graham of Morley, and Dessie Perren of Lamar, Ark.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers; three sisters; one granddaughter, Rachel Margie Long; and one great-granddaughter, Alyssa Marie Long.
Visitation will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Bob Harris officiating.
Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery.