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Shirley Mae Hicks

February 28, 2021


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Shirley Mae (Shaver) Hicks

February 28, 2021


Shirley Mae (Shaver) Hicks, 90, formerly of Wilkes-Barre and Kunkle, passed away on Sunday, surrounded by her loving family at the home of her daughter, Judy, in Dallas.


She was born in Wilkes-Barre, a daughter of the late Glenwood and Erma (Artley) Shaver.  Shirley was a 1949 graduate of E.L. Meyers High School.  She was formerly employed in the local garment industry and at the American Cigar Company in Wilkes-Barre.  She was a co-owner of the Village Variety Market in Wilkes-Barre and she was the owner of A & W Market in Wilkes-Barre.  Her most important job, however, was being a loving and devoted mother to her 7 children.


Shirley was an active member of the Kunkle United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the church choir and the United Methodist Women’s Group.


She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Hicks in 1991.  She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, June Shaver, Earl Shaver, Leonard Shaver, Erma Shaver and Marilyn (Shaver) Derolf.


Shirley is survived by her children, William Hicks and his wife, Ann, Penndel, PA; Judy Thompson, Dallas; Barry Hicks and his wife, Patricia, Nanticoke; Kenneth Hicks, Kingston; Denise Evans and her husband, Richard, Moosic; Keith Hicks and his wife, Wendy, Tunkhannock; and Maureen Searles and her husband, Fred, Dallas Township; 23 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren, who she loved deeply and never missed a birthday card.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Madeline Shaver and by numerous nieces and nephews and her cousin, Linda Mills.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.  Deacon William Behm will officiate.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Friends may call from 10-11am on Thursday at the funeral home.


Those attending the visitation and service must wear a mask and abide by social distancing requirements.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701.


Condolences may be sent by visiting Shirley’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.