Pauline M. Hicks, 89, Missouri

Pauline M. Hicks, 89, of Jefferson City, Mo., and formerly of Vandalia, died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at Jefferson City Manor Care Center.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. John K. McIntosh officiating. Burial will be in South Hill Cemetery, Vandalia. Buescher Memorial Home in Jefferson City, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hicks was born on March 24, 1918, in Vandalia, the daughter of James Franklin and Mary Etta Brooks Sampson. She married Earl Hicks on July 27, 1935, in Vandalia; he died on Feb. 14, 2001.

She graduated from Lamson Business College and Phoenix Community College, both in Phoenix, Ariz., and received a bachelors degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. She worked for the juvenile court in Maricopa County, Ariz., as a juvenile probation officer for 22 years. She also taught foster home classes as Phoenix College and Mesa Community College. She had been active in the First United Methodist Church, where she had been president of the United Methodist Women and a district officer for the UMW for many years. She was also active with the youth organization of her church and with Boy Scouts. She loved working with children, and also enjoyed reading, writing, ceramics, painting, sewing, quilting, swimming and traveling. In Vandalia, she had been a member of the First United Methodist Church, a member and past president of the Fayette County Genealogical Society and a member of the Old Capitol Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Friends of the Library, Lucky Thirteen Club and senior citizens group.

She is survived by a son, Norman G. Hicks and his wife Peggy of Jefferson City, Mo.; grandchildren, Amanda Hicks Aldis and Deborah Hicks Andrich; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Mary Etta Blunt, Mildred Estella Blunt and NoraBelle Forbes-Steinmetz; brother, Merl Woodrow Sampson; and an infant son.

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