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Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Wesley Star: Member Profile of Helen C. Hicks (1904-1974)

Helen C. Hicks was born in 1904 and reared in El Reno, Oklahoma.  From 1926 until her resignation on June 30, 1967, Miss Hicks was employed by the Oklahoma City Schools as an elementary teacher, an elementary principal, and a consultant for the textbook division and the audio-visual center. 
She was an avid traveler and while on a world tour she became ill in Nepal in November 1974, and died at Kathmandu, Nepal, on November 30, 1974.  At that time, Nepal would not permit embalming, and Miss Hicks’ body was cremated and the ashes were shipped to Oklahoma City in a beautiful metal urn. 
A memorial service was held for Miss Hicks at Wesley and her ashes in the urn were buried next to her father in the familyplot in El Reno.
Miss Hicks was an active member of Wesley, serving on the administrative board at the time of her death; and was an alumnus of Oklahoma City University.
[Source: A "Did You Know" article for the Wesley UMC Newsletter, in 1989 written by Marion R. Baker]


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