Services for Eunice Ellen Hice, 93, of Leon, Okla., will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in the Leon Baptist Church, Leon, with the Rev. Terr y Tolbert officiating. Interment will follow in the Leon Cemetery under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta, Okla.
Mrs. Hice was born February 17, 1920, at Leon, the daughter of Jerry Dean and Emma Chnutte Dean. She passed away Sunday, March 31, in the Wilson Nursing Home, Wilson, Okla.
A homemaker, Mrs. Hice was a devoted Christian woman, wife and mother. She and Willis “Chester” Hice were married November 14, 1936, at Leon by the Rev. Caleb Brewer, and he preceded her in death on November 25, 2002. The couple enjoyed 66 years of marriage. Mrs. Hice loved gardening and spending time with children. She cared for a total of 13 children in her home over the years, and each one lovingly called her “Maw Hice.” She also spent a great deal of time cooking and baking for friends and family especially during the holidays. Mrs. Hice enjoyed having ministers come to her house for dinner. She was well-known for her pies, particularly chocolate and coconut cream.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Virgil Dean, Ocie Dean and Cecil Dean; and sister, Nora Walker.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Maxie and Mary Hice of Marietta; two daughters and son-in-law, Jemie Nell Hice of Marietta and Valeria and Darrell Reed of Leon; Ashley Reed Gilcrease whom she thought of as her own daughter; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Serving as casket bearers will be Don Reed, Jerry Hawkins, Waylon Brown, Bobby Dean, Danny Hice and Sonny Hartman. Honorary bearers are grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and greatgreat-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home, 100 East Main Street, Marietta, OK 73448.
Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.