Mt. Vernon Register-News

March 1, 2013

Laura Hicks


MT. VERNON — — Laura Ann Hicks, 90, of Woodlawn, died at 9:55 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.

She was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Christopher, the daughter of Charles and Bessie (Duckworth) Lutes. She married Clyde E. “Bus” Hicks on Aug. 30, 1941, in Charleston, Mo., and he preceded her in death on April 3, 2005.

She is survived by two sons, Robert “Bob” Hicks and wife Judith of Mt. Vernon and Charles Allen Hicks and wife Dee Lynn of Texico; a daughter, Peg O'Daniell and husband Ron of Woodlawn; four grandchildren, Dixie Bradley and husband Jeff of Mt. Vernon, Brent O'Daniell and wife Stacie of Virginia, Ill., Brett O'Daniell and wife Megan of St. Charles, Mo., and Michael Hicks of Texico; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Bradley of Mt. Vernon, Lauren O'Daniell of Virginia, Ill., Brendan O'Daniell of St. Charles, Mo., Owen O'Daniell of St. Charles, Mo., and Carissa Stagner and husband Kurt of Sesser; two great-great grandchildren, Kensington and Morgan Stagner of Sesser; two brothers, Charles “Peanuts” Lutes and wife Loretta of Christopher and Carl Lutes of Somers, N.Y.; a sister, Emma Smith of Carbondale; a sister-in-law, Lillian Lutes of DuQuoin; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Her parents; her husband; one brother, James Lutes ; and one brother-in-law, the  Rev. Walter Smith, preceded her in death.

Laura was a presser at Nuway Drycleaners and at 1-Hour Martinizing and later was a librarian’s assistant at Horace Mann Elementary School before retiring, and she was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Phil Poe officiating. Interment will be at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Hughty Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Wesley United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call  242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.