Carol M. Hicks, age 64, of Utica, South Dakota, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton, South Dakota after a courageous five year battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.
A Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 6, 2016, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Thomas Wordekemper and Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass on Friday at the Church.
Urnbearers will be Carol's children: Nate Hicks, Matt Hicks and Elizabeth Graber.
Carol was born November 18, 1951, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Leonard and Helen (Rezac) Tacke. She attended Mount Marty High School and graduated from Yankton High School. After high school, she went on to receive a degree in mathematics from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Her first job after college was with Household Finance in Omaha. She moved to a new job in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1978 with 1st National Bank of the Black Hills. In 1982, she transitioned to a new position with the same bank in Sturgis. Carol always presented an openness to new experiences and welcomed new friendships, which resulted in a life in western South Dakota surrounded by many friends.
Carol met Newt Hicks during her time spent in Sturgis and they were married in Kadoka, South Dakota on December 28, 1985. The couple moved to the home where she was raised near Utica in April 1986 and have farmed there ever since. In the same year, Carol started a new job with First Dakota National Bank in Yankton. She continued her career at First Dakota for 30 years.
Carol will always be known for her love of family and farm life, her timeless adventurous spirit and most importantly her selflessness. She always made it a point to keep in touch with both immediate and extended family and friends. Even with her selfness, giving nature, Carol did not lose sight of her top priority, her children. Carol and Newt supported them in their academics, attended all of their extra-curricular activities and taught them a strong work ethic.
Carol is survived by her husband, Newt of Utica; two sons: Nate (Kristen) Hicks of Yankton; and Matt Hicks of Norfolk, Nebraska; her daughter, Elizabeth (Jon) Graber of Freeman, South Dakota; and three sisters: Janice (Joe) Pauli of Seaside, Oregon; Barb (Mike) Veal of Davenport, Iowa; and Bernice (Grady) Crew of Philip, South Dakota.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Helen Tacke, and mother-in-law, Eunice Hicks.
Memorials may be directed to Relay for Life.
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I reconnected with Carol after many years while attending Masses at Mount Marty. She always had a bright smile that lit up her face even though it was obvious she was fighting cancer. She always had such a positive spirit. She appeared to be a wonderful role model for accepting her battle with such grace.
Margaret Dendinger Holland
Thinking of you Newt and sending hugs and prayers to your family.
Carol fought long and hard and is now pain free and watching over you from above. Cherish all your memories and accept help from others who care.
Pam and Keith Bonenberger
My deepest sympathy to her family. We were friends at Sacred Heart. May she rest in peace now. Such an awesome person. She is united with Helen and Leonard. God bless you, Carol
Our deepest sympathy and love to all the family. I got to know Carol when our daughters started playing softball together many years ago. I enjoyed her company through many games and tournaments over the years. She was such a generous person, helpful, supportive, intelligent, and an all around good friend. She showed so much determination and strength through her battle with cancer and that just amazed me. Her husband and children were the light of her life and she always worried about them more than herself. Although I will miss her I am so happy to have been her friend and a little part of her life.
Carol's courageous battle was an inspiration. She was positive and strong while faced with it all. Our love and prayers go out to her family.
Larry and Tricia Bierle
My deepest sympathy to the Hicks family. Carol was such an inspiration and fighter. Always so positive and smiling with an infectious laugh. Peace and prayers to all of you.
Carol and I were grade school and high school classmates. We reconnected a few years ago. I was able to see her when she was at the Dougherty Hospice House here in Sioux Falls. She was truly an example of grace and inspiration to all of us. We shared some good times and laughs when I visited with her. I kept in touch by text messages these past few weeks. I was lucky to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Rest in peace Carol.
Pam Cimpl Tiede
Carol and I quickly became best friends in our senior year of high school after the Mount Marty girls came to Yankton High School. After graduation I didn't see her much through the years, but the few times I saw her we just picked up where we left off. She was a strong, positive person with such a beautiful smile, and the world feels a whole lot emptier without her. My prayers and deepest sympathy to her family and to anyone who knew and loved her.
Newt & Family, Carol will be missed by all that knew her, her smile could light up a room! Hope to see you sometime soon.
Jerry & Cindy willert
I have only known Carol for a short time. When we first met, I knew we would be friends. Even though distance kept us apart, every time we did meet up, it was like we had seen each other yesterday. I have a feeling that's how she treated all...not knowing a stranger. Carol, I bet your heavenly body is something beautiful, like you were here with us. Love you!
Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you. I'm sure losing your loved one to cancer seems like you've been in a war zone. Our prayers for the peace that passes understanding.
Justin and Joyce Wheeler
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Carol was such a special person, like an angel on earth and now for certain in heaven.
Thinking of you all
Cindy and Hal Somer
We extend our deepest sympathy to Newt and Family. Carol was a beautiful person who always had a big smile and a kind word for everyone. Her selfless actions are a example to all of us. She will be greatly missed.
Jay and Carol Williams
Carol was a tremendous person of character, faith, and putting others first. She made everybody feel welcome and appreciated. Our blessings to her family and thanks to Carol for making this world a better place for all.
Wayne & Marge Kindle
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