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Betty Jean Hicks, 79, died peacefully on Saturday, November 3, 2018, with her family by her side. She was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi on February 11, 1939 and was the daughter of the late Henry and Ida (nee: Allison) Stuckey, Sr.

Betty has been a devout Christian since she was a child. A member of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Racine, she serve on the Mother’s Board. She was also a former First Lady of Little Sister Baptist Church in Avon, Mississippi.

On August 16, 1963, Betty married Reverend Nathaniel Hicks. They were married for 55 years and have traveled to places all over the country, including Texas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Mississippi.

A gardening enthusiast, Betty was passionate about making things grow. She showed love throughout all her activities. Betty often said “you can catch more flies with honey.” She was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Children were a big part of her life, no matter who they belonged to. She treated her 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren in the same way she treated kids belonging to other families.

Betty will be missed by her husband, Nathaniel; children, Yvonne George, Charles (Carolyn) Lott, Glenn Lott, Carleen Price, Patricia Hicks-Hudson; her 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; brothers, James Stuckey, Henry Stuckey, Jr.; sisters, Mozell Lawrence, Laura Andersen, Glenda Stuckey; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, Annette Lott, her step-son, Joe Hicks, her father, Henry Stuckey, Sr., her mother, Ida Stuckey, sisters, Mazell Hicks, Betty Lucille Stuckey, Linda Lowery, and Mary Jones; and her grandson, Jasmond George.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at New Life Christian Fellowship Church, 1529 North Wisconsin Street with Rev. Roy Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Friends and relatives can meet with the family on Friday at the church from 10-11 a.m.