May 18th, 1996 - Bernice W. Hicks slipped into a coma and passed away in the wee hours of the morning. After a struggle with cancer she is now home with her Lord.
Kathryn Bernice (Wainscott) Hicks was born on March 1st, 1927 to William Nathan Wainscott and Stella Augusta (Martin) Wainscott in Maysville, Oklahoma. After losing both of her parents by the age 11, she moved to live with her aunt Etta (Wainscott) Johnson in Wichita, Kansas.
Bernice legally changed her name to drop the name Kathryn. She married J.N. Hicks Jr. on January 23rd, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. Bernice and J.N. had one child. She would describe her son as “a beautiful, blond-haired, blue-eyed boy that was ornery as all get out.”
Upon retiring from Mid Plains Petroleum where she was an accountant, she opened her home to foster care. She loved on 15 kids before she got sick and had to close her home. All the kids called her Grandma. She worked diligently with the kids and their parents and helped to reunify two families. One mother even reached out to Bernice’s family years later and shared with how thankful she was for all Bernice taught her. She won an award for Foster Parent of the Year.
Her favorite pastimes were gardening and crocheting. She spent each winter evening making an afghan to give to someone she loved. She refused to sell any, and blessed many people with them. Same with her produce. She had two peach trees and one apple tree and made the best peach cobbler around.
She enjoyed having a cup of coffee each morning, looking at her flowers and watching the birds. Her favorite bird is the cardinal and favorite flower is a pink carnation.
Each evening she watched the 10:00 news, MASH, then headed to bed and read a chapter in her newest Billy Graham book and the Bible. She always fell asleep reading her Bible.
She leaves behind one son, three grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren. She would be pleased to know two of her great grands were adopted from foster care.
Bernice W Hicks
Mar 1, 1927
Beloved Mother and Grandmother
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