The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 1, 2014

Genevieve West Hicks

JOPLIN, Mo. — Genevieve Lucille Ziegler West Hicks, age 96, of Joplin, Mo., went on to her heavenly reward at 5:15 a.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Mercy Hospital, Joplin.

Genevieve was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Dixon, Mo., to Robert and Grace Ziegler. She grew up on a farm near Dixon.

She married Ray E. West on Feb. 17, 1937. They pastored churches across Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois. She worked faithfully beside Brother West for many years and was active in the Ladies Missionary Society/WCG. He preceded her in death in 1965. She married Earnest R. Hicks in 1968, and they were very active church leaders in the Coffeyville, Kan. Church of God. He preceded her in death. She was a member of the Southside Church of God in Joplin, and served as an Elder.

She will be missed by family and friends for her kindness, her loving heart, the wonderful handmade gifts, many prayers and the way she always made everyone feel so special and loved.

She is survived by one son, Stephen West and wife, Diana, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; three daughters, Erma Johnson and husband, John, Joplin, Dorothy Heiney and husband, Harold and Ruth Pope and husband, Warren, all of Collinsville, Ill.; one stepdaughter, Gladys Hatfield, Russell, Kan.; one brother, Harold Ziegler and wife, Fern, St. Charles, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Wayne Johnson (Krista), Teresa Martin (John), David Johnson (Chris), Shelley Miller (Rodney), Brian Pope (Debbie), Mark Heiney (DeAnn), Kim Easley, Ruth Green (Jonathan) and Julie Gibson (Jonathan); 25 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Southside Church of God with Rev. Billie Gibson officiating. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Dixon Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mason-Woodard Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the Church of God radio program, (Christian Broadcasting Hope), or Mercy Hospice in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, of Joplin.

Online condolences may be made at

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