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Gloria Mae "Mame"

Gloria Mae "Mame" Hicks, age 87, of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away peacefully on July 3, 2014, at Otterbein of Perrysburg. She was born on May 28, 1927, in Waterloo, Indiana to Lyston and Frances (Cherry) Searfoss, and she later moved to Perrysburg where she raised three children with Chester Hicks.

A long- time resident of East Sixth street, she warmly opened her doors and pool to family, neighbors, and generations of children as a home child caregiver of over 100 children, many of which described her as a second mother or grandmother. Gloria was an avid knitter who hosted weekly, the "Witty Knitters" Club, and she was known for being everyone's best friend who brightened the room with her infectious laughter and never ending curiosity. Although she never imagined herself being happy anywhere besides her house, Otterbein became home to her and she loved it there, making new friends, and enjoyed her fellow residents and wonderful caregivers. Gloria loved her family and friends. Her attitude was inspiring and she always had a smile on her face. She loved her 87 years of life, but more than anything she loved Jesus and was looking forward to her heavenly home. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Perrysburg and in her spare time she enjoyed collecting nesting chickens.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Bette Lockard. She is survived by her children, Jason O. (Ila) Hicks, Timothy F. (Marcia) Hicks and Pamela I. (Bill) Schooler; grandchildren, Tracee (Brett Harlett) Hicks, Matthew (Harshal Sanghavi) Hicks, Jeffery (Mallory) Hicks, Timothy (Jenna) Hicks, Sarah (Mathew) Hammitt, Christopher Schooler, and Hannah Schooler; step-grandchildren, Scott (Debbie) Farrell, Morgan (Daniel) Rizzo, and Katelyn (Nick) Peterson, as well as thirteen great-grandchildren; sister, Carla (James) Flegal, and brother, Kim (Debbie) Searfoss.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E. South Boundary in Perrysburg (419-874-3133) from 1:00-6:00 p.m. where a Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 p.m. An expression of sympathy may be made to either Otterbein of Perrysburg or to Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Published in Toledo Blade on July 10, 2014
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