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Sonia Gail Hicks

Sonia Gail Hicks 81 passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021 surrounded by her three daughters. She was battling cancer. Sonia was born April 25, 1939. She was the youngest daughter of Karl and Lenice Otte. She was born in Holton, Michigan. Her Family moved to Coloma, Michigan. She grew up in Coloma with her three sister's and two brothers. After graduating from school she wanted to be a nurse to help people. She attend Mercy hospital nursing program and talked about how she lived at the Eleanor house for girls during this time. Sonia later worked at Mercy hospital in Benton Harbor in the pediatric ward. Then she met the love of her life Donald Ray Hicks. They married January 15, 1966.They relocated to Kalamazoo, Michigan. They raised their three daughters and were married for 50 year's. Sonia was young at heart. If you met her she had a unforgettable personality. She liked being stylish with her many different style of ring's. She had a love for music her family remembers some of her favorites were Dolly Pardon, Elvis and 80's music. She also enjoyed watching game shows. Sonia loved going on outings with her family. This included shopping, spending time at the beach, going to restaurants and out for ice cream. She loved holidays and family dinners. Her family will miss talking to her on the phone and text messages telling us goodnight. Sonia loved cat's. Especially her cats Missy and Max. Sonia was preceded in death by her husband Donald Ray Hicks; her parents Karl and Lenice Otte; two sister's and a brother. She is survived by her three daughters: Dona Rocha (Jon Rocha), Amy Hicks (William Miller), Sheri Leatherman (Don Roe); her grandchildren Jonny Rocha, Jason Rocha, Vanessa Berry, Haley Rocha, Breanna Amaro, Brittany Leatherman and Brooke Leatherman; great grandchildren: Jon Jr., Arianna Rocha, Haley and Liam Rocha, Natalie and Jackson Amaro; Her sister Eleanor Wellborn and Billy Otte as well as many Nieces and Nephews. Due to Covid a memorial service is being planned for a later date. Memorial donations can be made to your local animal shelter in her name. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadows of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me."

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I can't believe you been gone for six months.Miss talking to you and visiting with you.Love you always and forever:gift_heart:

Sheri Leatherman Sep 21 2021 11:40 PM

Miss you today Mom.I know we cant be together but your always in my heart :gift_heart:Happy Mothers day.Love you always and forever.

Sheri Leatherman May 9 2021 11:49 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Sonia Hicks

Dona Rocha May 9 2021 11:00 PM

Mom made our birthdays really special always..And the little things in life gave her pleasure...we all had our special times when we were the favorite..I remember her playing a lot of pranks on us she liked to try to be funny..also if the teacher called to say we did something she would always stick up for us and make them feel like they were being silly.. Mom always was the cool mom she wanted to look and dress like us girls..SHe was a loving wife and made sure my dad was well fed..As adults she was right there with us when we were ill and overcame many obstacles in her life reciently the death of my father.she knew she still had to live her life and was eager to make the best of it..and with this cancer she still was trying to make the best of it..I will try to be brave and go on but itll be hard because theres nothing comparable to the love my mother game me..

Amy Hicks May 4 2021 11:50 AM

Bunny was renamed stix

Amy Hicks May 3 2021 12:41 PM

Aunt Gail introduced me to pop music. !st record she bought me was the original Monkees record. She loved Elvis and Pat Boone and loved teaching me to sing their songs. Little did I know that love of music would turn into a 30 year career in the music business for me. Her energy and love of family was her strengths. Rest in peace Aunt Gail. Say hi to Mom and Grandma Otte for me. Jon Kerlikowske

Jon Kerlikowske Apr 30 2021 5:51 PM

I miss her so much.

Sheri Leatherman Apr 30 2021 9:50 AM

She always made the mash potatoes and gravy for holidays.:gift_heart:

Sheri Leatherman Apr 30 2021 9:49 AM

She loved when you girls would come over.:gift_heart:

Sheri Leatherman Apr 30 2021 9:47 AM

I miss her texting me goodnight:relieved:

Sheri Leatherman Apr 30 2021 9:44 AM

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