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Elizabeth Lee Schulken Hicks

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Elizabeth Lee Schulken Hicks, youngest daughter of Englehardt Henry Schulken and Daisy Mae Lee Schulken, died peacefully Friday morning, February 22, 2013. Born on January 25, 1936, she was predeceased by the eldest of the four Schulken girls, Patricia Ann Schulken White, and is survived by two sisters: Anna Marie Schulken Christiansen (and spouse, Mark) of Summerville, SC, and Josephine Matilda Schulken Woodruff of Wrightsville Beach.

Succumbing to a recent illness, Mrs. Hicks was a childhood polio victim, at the age of 8, and rallied against both throat cancer and a major heart attack back in the 1980s. By her side then, and until her death this past week, was a beloved companion, Bert Hoffman.

The family would like to express special gratitude to Elizabeth's caregivers: Darlene Milliken, Janie Palmer and Dawn Malpass, who devoted time, care and love these past six years of Elizabeth's life. Mrs. Hicks's managing physician, Dr. Nicholas Jabaliey, and Jill Finnegan, PA-C, from Wilmington Health Associates, are to be commended for the personal attention, compassion and care devoted to her. Additionally, the family is grateful to the medical staff at NHRMC who made every effort to make Mrs. Hicks's last few days as comfortable as could be expected.

A native of Wilmington, Elizabeth resided during the 1950s-60s in Beaufort, SC; San Diego, CA, and Baton Rouge, LA, and upon returning to the Port City, pursued a career in commercial real estate, working with J.E.L. Wade. Mrs. Hicks, proud of her German ancestry, belonged to both St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 6th and Market Streets, and to the Hanover Seaside Club at Wrightsville Beach. A vivacious blonde, from atop the Teenage Princess float in the 1954 Azalea Festival, she caught the eye of a young Marine, on leave from Camp LeJeune. Noted locally for her physical beauty and a zest for life, and undaunted by her many physical setbacks, Elizabeth also dabbled in art and design, and interior decorating, and had a passion for antiques and collectibles. She was an avid bridge player, and enjoyed travels in the US, and to Europe, with her companion, Bert.

Mrs. Hicks was a fairly successful businesswoman who owned and operated an antiques shop at 108 Market Street, and with Mr. Hoffman, owned and operated The Azalea Inn located on Third Street. Together, she and Bert were successful partners in real estate.

Married in June 1954 to Vernon J. Hicks, who passed away in February 2012, Elizabeth is survived by her three daughters: Elizabeth Ann Hicks Walker Moore (George A. Moore III), of Durham, NC, Teresa Dawn Hicks Coleman (Charles M. Coleman Jr), and Mary Ellan Hicks Franks (Anthony Scott Franks) also of Wilmington. She was grandmother to seven: Hilary Megan Walker; Charles McDaniel Coleman III, Albert Rhett Coleman, and Eleanor Elizabeth Coleman; Joshua Scott Franks, Adam Robert Franks and Trevor Anthony Franks, all of Wilmington. Elizabeth was predeceased by Bert's daughter, Helen Hoffman, of San Diego, who also left a daughter, Jessica Madison Hoffman, currently residing in Wilmington.

Elizabeth's three daughters, and Bert Hoffman, will receive family and friends at a celebration of her life to be held Tuesday, February 26, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at Andrews Mortuary at the corner of 17th and Market Streets. The Rev. Mark Opgrand and Rabbi Robert Waxman will conduct a service for Mrs. Hicks at Andrews on Wednesday, February 27, at 2:00 p.m. She will be entombed in the Sunrise Mausoleum at Oleander Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are her daughters' husbands, her two eldest grandsons, and Jerry Barnhill.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26, 2013
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