Marjorie D. Hicks

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Marjorie D. Hicks

A service celebrating the life of Marjorie D. Hicks of Pineville, Louisiana, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 1, 2014 in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Alexandria with Dr. Cliff Stewart and Reverend David Boothe officiating. Interment will be in Butters Cemetery, Forest Hill.

The family will receive friends at Hixson Brothers, Alexandria between 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014 and continued Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.

Mrs. Hicks, 88, passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side at CHRISTUS Grace Home on May 29, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.

Marjorie Yvonne was born on October 23, 1925, to Mr. and Mrs. Hobson Ennis Duck of Forest Hill. After graduating from Forest Hill High School in 1942, at the age of 16, Marjorie worked nights as a bookkeeper for her father's lumber business. As part of the WWII war effort, she was employed at Camp Claiborne in the office of intelligence as the only civilian worker. After the war, she received a degree from Louisiana College. Her part-time job as a student employee in the office of LC president Dr. Edgar Godbold became permanent when she was offered the position of president's secretary. In 1955 she married college business manager Ernest Hicks. With the exception of 11 years spent raising their daughters, Marjorie's secretarial career spanned 40 years serving Dr. Godbold, Dr. G. Earl Guinn, and Dr. Robert Lynn.

Marjorie was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Alexandria, teaching the 5 year-olds Sunday school class for many years, and later as a member of the Friendship Bible class. She served as president of the Alexandria Garden Club in 1995-97 and 2001-03 and was District VIII Director; Life Member, Circle of Roses honoree, Parliamentarian and Recording Secretary of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc.; Flower Show Judge, Louisiana Council of Nationally Accredited Judges Council; Charter Member of the National Gardening Consultants and Society for the Louisiana Iris; and as Consultant for Accredited Landscape Design Consultants. Marjorie served many years as an active member and two terms as president of Louisiana College Faculty Women's Club.

She is survived by her daughters, Tamara Hicks Ford and husband, James A. Ford, Jr., of Laurel, Mississippi; and Pauline B. Hicks of Pineville; her grandchildren, Mallory Ford Yoder and husband, Dax Tipton Yoder of Laurel, Mississippi; and Hunter James Ford of New Orleans; great granddaughter, Reese Yvonne Yoder of Laurel, Mississippi; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Ernest Clifton Hicks of Pineville; her parents; her brothers, Ennis Eugene Duck and Rodney Dale Duck and sister, Jo Ann Duck Hawkins all of Forest Hill.

Pallbearers will be James A. Ford, Jr., Hunter Ford and nephews, Ernest Kennedy, Eric Duck, Eugene D. Duck and Rodney L. Duck. Honorary pallbearer is William G. Hicks.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to those who provided such loving care for Marjorie, especially Juanita Setliff for over four years of service and friendship; Jeannie Torry, Becky Reynolds, Elaine McCartney and Jovirick Buscar.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to The Senior Adult Ministry, Calvary Baptist Church, 5011 Jackson St., Alexandria, LA 71303; or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 or

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Published in The Town Talk on May 31, 2014
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