|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1903|
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 1996|
Arizona was a small woman - only 4'8" - but she came from a strong line of people who worked hard. She spoke of working long hours in the cotton fields of Florida in her youth.
She married Joseph Stripling Hicks at age 15, and went on to have 5 children. Her children were Lavon Addie, who died at age 42 from cancer; Francis who died at 12 years of age, probably from pneumonia; her only son, Sonny, who only lived 13 months and probably also died of pneumonia; a daughter Virginia Juanell who died at age 19 from unknown causes, but probably a heart attack; and Gladys Frankie who died from cancer at age 83.
Arizona came to be called "Nonnie" by the grandchildren who couldn't pronounce her name. She had six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and more.
She and Joe worked hard to provide for their family in a poor time and in a poor place. Arizona tended the children, made all their clothes and always had a garden. She loved to work in the yard and had an exceptional green thumb.
She saved her pennies until the family was able to buy property in Lakeland, Florida and they moved there from the poverty of Mayo, Florida. She lived on Young Place for over 50 years. She attended Edgewood Baptist Church. When asked why she had lived to such an old age, she said "I believe in Jesus; I don't drink or smoke; and I believe in vegetables!"
Joseph Sonny Hicks (1896 - 1975)*
Lavon Hicks Brown (1920 - 1962)*
Virginia Juanell Hicks Herndon (1930 - 1949)*
Created by: Linda Dell
Record added: Feb 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48414673
Added: Feb. 9, 2013
You were certainly a woman who could have taught us all a great deal // you led an amazing life although a tough one // I'm sure you were loved more than you knew // you're in Paradise now with your children and will never have to say "goodbye" to them ag...(Read more)|
Added: Apr. 1, 2012
You took such good care of your family. You were a mother to me after the passing of my own. I'm sorry I didn't appreciate you more while you were here.|
Linda Herndon Dell
Added: Feb. 21, 2010