Dec. 13, 1926 - Feb. 18, 2021
Joanne Hicks King
DOB December 13, 1926 to Edgar A. and Shelby Brown Hicks.
Attended schools in Waco and graduated from Waco High School in 1944.
Graduated from Baylor University in 1948.
Married Ray Laurence Comer January 25, 1947. Ray died in the Waco tornado May 11, 1953. Ray and Joanne had three children, Deborah Ann (Debbie) age four, Marc Edgar age two, and Joe Shelby age eight months.
June 28, 1962, Joanne married Bertram Emory (Bert) King. He later adopted her children and together they had Virginia Lee and Bertram Neilson (Spider).
Joanne LOVED Waco. She grew up there and never wanted to leave it. She loved its people, its land, and its history. She especially loved her family.
Joanne served on many committees including Hedonia, Cotton Palace, and the Waco Historic Foundation. She served on many boards, but most loved her work on the East Terrace board. She hosted many luncheons, parties, and dinner groups at her home on Pecan Terrace. Her family gathered at their home for weddings, receptions, and many other family gatherings.
She loved her days sitting by The Fish Pond, floating on the barge on Lake Waco, and digging her toes in the sand at Port Aransas.
Survivors include: Bert King,
Sister Peggy McGregor, Debbie Ballard, Shelby King, Virginia Avant, and Bert (Spider) King.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Jeff Ballard, wife, Mariam, and children, Blake and Mac; Ray Ballard and daughter, Chloe; Leah, husband, Derek Thompson, and children, Connor, Megan, and Parker; Margorie Rose, her husband, Silas Parker, and their son, August; Eddie King and his children, Marc Edgar 111 (Tritt) and Rheagan; Mason King, Katie King; Walter, Danny, Sarah Jo, and Rebecca Avant
Family graveside services will be held--date to be determined.
She will be greatly missed.
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Published by Waco Tribune-Herald on Feb. 21, 2021.