Florence L. Hicks, 62, of Piedmont, Mo., died surrounded by her family on Sept. 21, 2012, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
She was born on Feb. 12, 1950, in East Peoria, Ill., daughter of the late Lawrence Balzell and Betty Pence Balzell.
She was united in marriage to Clinton Hicks Jr. on April 18, 1965. He survives, residing in Piedmont.
Florence grew up in the St. Louis area, and attended Lafayette School there. During her working career, Florence worked for Brown Shoe Company in Piedmont for 18 years, and later worked for Huffy bicycle in Farmington for three years. She was a supporter of the Salvation Army.
She enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, and enjoyed watching the grandchildren’s sporting events. She also enjoyed painting ceramics, scrapbooking, crafts, and taking pictures. She had a special friend in her cat, Calico.
On Sept. 19, 2012, Florence was led to Christ by her son, Paul.
She was blessed with five boys, Jerry Balzell (Mary Kay) of Burilson, Tenn., Charles Hicks of Poplar Bluff, Clinton L. Hicks (Natalie) of Piedmont, Frank Hicks of Pacific, and Paul Hicks (Jennifer) of Piedmont; 12 grandchildren, Justin Balzell, Jacqueline Balzell, Deric (Kasey) Paynter, Ashley Hicks, Jessica Hicks, Rashelle Hicks, Clinton Hicks, Eric Ross, Meagon (Chris) Beezley, Brenadette Hicks, Breanna Hicks, and Taylor Hicks; five great-grandchildren, Tristin Paynter, Justin Wolverton, Keigan White, Faith Beezley, and Grace Beezley; two sisters, Donna Branscum, and companion, Larry Jumper of Patterson, and Verna (Terry) Hollingsworth of Puryear, Tenn.
In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by three sisters, Kay Van Merlio, Sharon Hertel, Mary Katchum; and one grandchild, Amanda Hicks.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. Pastor Tim Adams delivered the message, with Amazing Grace and Precious Memories offered as musical selections. Paul Hicks, Jerry Balzell, Clinton L. Hicks, Taylor Hicks, Clinton Michael Hicks, and Kenny Branscum served as pallbearers. Burial followed in Forest Chapel Cemetery near Piedmont.