Feb. 1, 1933-Sept. 25, 2022

Grace Dado Hicks, 89, sadly passed away surrounded by her loved ones and gained eternal life on Sept. 25, 2022. She was born Feb. 1, 1933, in Majestic, Ky., to the late Angelo and Josephine Dado. She was the oldest of nine children and grew up in Majestic, graduating from Phelps High School in 1952. Leaving home after high school, she would always send her siblings Christmas presents, which they looked forward to every year as kids. Grace loved reading, especially comic books as a kid which she called “funny books” and would always read to her siblings. While at one of her favorite places, Virginia Beach, Va., she met the love of her life, Wayne Hicks. They were just two months shy of 64 years of marriage before he passed in October of 2021.
Grace was a telephone operator at Ohio Bell Telephone Company in Columbus, Ohio, for 30 years until her retirement in 1983. Her co-workers called her “social butterfly” because she was friendly and talked to everyone. She moved to Natchitoches with her husband & kids after retirement. Grace loved singing at church. She was on the bowling team, winning many awards in Natchitoches. She loved watching game shows, andgrowing flowers, fruits and vegetables, her favorite being tomatoes. She loved sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee enjoying the weather. Grace loved playing with her grandkids and cooking for them. She also loved going on vacations with her family, especially to the beach and Branson, Mo.
In addition to her parents and husband, Grace is preceded in death by her two sons, David Hicks and Derrick Hicks Amoriko; three brothers, Angelo Dado Jr., Ralph “Moose” Dado and Phillip “Philly” Dado; and sister, Nannie Reed.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her only daughter, Regina Hartley (Bill); sisters, Deloris “Sissy” McHugh, Rosalee Dado Coogan and Cathy Smith (Clifford); brother, Joe Dado (Carrie); four granddaughters, Michelle Longden (Nick), Robyn Coutee, Allison McKneely and Rosalee Amoriko; eight great-grandchildren, Marisela Coutee, Gabriel Coutee, Joshua Pearrie Jr., Kylie Longden, Nadia Foshee, Layla Foshee, Bryce Longden and Destiny Jones; and great-great-granddaughter, Naomi Coutee. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends throughout Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Her family was everything to her. She is greatly loved and will be deeply missed!
Her family will receive friends for visitation Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Natchitoches. Services will start at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Calvary.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Joshua Pearrie Jr., the Rev. Tim Leach, Robert Funderburk, Hayden Harris, Jim Hicks and Chris DeVargas. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Hartley, Bruce Bedgood and Gage Hicks.