Eula Hicks

Eula Mae (Anderson) Hicks was called home just five days shy of her 97th birthday, Aug. 3.

Eula was born Aug. 8, 1922, to Herbert and Delia (Bishop) Anderson on the family farm in Greene County.

While working as a soda jerk in Churdan, Eula caught the eye of Milton “Red” Hicks and the two were united in marriage July 5, 1946. Red and Eula would welcome four children into the world: Donald, Beverly, Donna and Milton “Butch.”

Eula was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, practicing an unwavering and deep faith in the Lord. That abiding faith was complemented by her ornery spirit, wicked sense of humor and mischievous twinkle.  

Those who were blessed to be loved by Eula knew the depth of that love by her actions and words, always telling those she cared for how much she loved them, followed by a warm hug.  

Everyone in Eula’s life knew how proud she was of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Eula was a famous apple pie baker, often sending her family home with extra pies to keep in the freezer for the winter months. Eula was a tireless gardener, had a tender place in her heart for dogs, but most of all was the warm, safe spot for her family and friends to gather around.      

Eula lived her first 94 years in Greene County, and enjoyed her final three years at the Clarence Assisted Living and Clarence Nursing Home, where she made many friends, spent more time with family and was loved by all.

Eula is survived by her daughters, Beverly (Dan) Walters, of Thor, and Donna (Bob) Shaw, of Dubuque; son Milton “Butch” (Linda) Hicks, of Middletown; grandchildren: Jennifer (Levi) VanOort, of Clarence; Ben Shaw, of Dubuque; Andrea (Grant) Galliger, of Dubuque; and Mike (Michelle) Walters, of Milan, Mich.; great-grandchildren Marshall and Clancey VanOort, Madeline Galliger and Olivia and Ada Walters; and nieces and nephews. 

Eula was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Don, siblings Marvin, Helen, Herbert, Doris and Andy, and a great-granddaughter, Fiona Galliger.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 at the United Methodist Church in Churdan with the Rev. David Arulnathan officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Eula will be laid to rest in the Highland Twp. Cemetery in Churdan.

Honorary bearers are her grandchildren.

Brown Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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