Karen Ann Hicks, 76, returned to her heavenly home on December 11th, 2018 after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her faith, friends and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.
Karen was born to the late Dr. James and Dagny Hicks, a Medical doctor and a Registered nurse respectively, in Montgomery, Alabama on September 5th, 1942. She was immersed in the Christian community that would be her lifelong support from an early age. She graduated from Boston University in 1964 with a degree in Divinity and accepted a position as a high school history teacher in Boston, where he would teach for 19 years. Karen often referred to these years as her mothering years and received regular correspondence from several of her former students.
Karen was blessed with a second career as a software engineer that eventually moved her to Richmond Virginia. Her jobs took her from John Hancock, to Unisys, and finally Molina where she eventually retired. Karen became a prayer warrior and intercessor for 6 years following her retirement. She truly enjoyed working with Capitol Hill Prayers Partners, and made many friends throughout the United States while praying for others.
Karen enjoyed going on trips to see the natural beauty of every part of Virginia. She loved learning about her family history. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage, her Cherokee ancestry and both her Southern and Northern roots. At heart, Karen was an educator, and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.
Karen is survived by her sister in law, Judy Hicks; her nephew, David Hicks and her niece Melissa H. Messina. She is preceded in death by her brothers, James Manson Hicks of Mystic Connecticut and Peter Everson Hicks of Petersburg, Alaska; her parents James and Dagny Hicks; and her nephew Seth Paul Hicks.
Karen will be buried at the Holy Lord Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. on February 7, with a reception to follow at the First United Methodist Church. Reverend James Clark will officiate the service. The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted at www.charlesdrakememorial.net.