Edith E. HICKS
June 10, 1927 – May 18, 2020
Edith Elfriede Hicks (Gantt) (Rolke) was born June 10, 1927, in Peterwaldau, Germany, to Max Otto Rolke and Elfriede Perschon Weiss and passed away May 18, 2020, at the age of 92. She is preceded in death by her husband of 9 years, Herman Will Gantt, and later remarried Ellis Ray Hicks for 37 years when he passed in 1995. Survived by her children: Carmen Edith Gantt, Anita Jane Gantt Rubalcava, and Ricky Lee Gantt and wife, Cathy Gantt. Grandchildren: Tammy Lynne Broyles, Jennifer Anne Harris, Sean Robert Martin, Sheri Vowels Padget, Becky Raye Vowels Jones, David Ray Gantt, Joshua Daniel Gantt, Johnathan Wayne Hankins, Ashley Michelle Gantt, and step-daughter Jennifer Slingerland Ryan and step-son Jason Slingerland. Great Grandchildren: 24 Brother/Sister: Fritz Max Rolke (Helga Thea Rolke) and Margot Wandersleben (Hans Wandersleben). Edith studied and completed school in Germany, where she studied Horticultural. She met Herman Gantt, an Army GI and moved to Dallas, Texas, where she worked for Dearborn Stove Company as a data entry clerk. With three young children, she became a widow after an accident and met Ellis Ray Hicks, who stepped into an instant family. They were together until 1995, at which time she worked for both Glazier Wholesale Liquor and Sears Distribution Center.
Her love of flowers and plants was evident in her yard. She would always love sharing her flowers and cuttings with friends and family. Her home was awarded the Yard of the Month numerous times by the City of Mesquite. She moved into Mesquite in 1957 and resided in the same home till death. She loved to crochet till her eyes made it difficult for her. She crocheted stadium afghans for herself, Ray and her Mesquite Skeeter Football friends. She was a very avid Skeeter Football fan for years and loved Friday night football games. She is also a true-blue Dallas Cowboy fan. She was a fantastic cook especially the family loved her German dishes..
In the last 13 years of her life, she was very involved with her daughter, Carmen in the Elvis World. She developed a powerful bond and love for many Elvis Tribute Artists, both amateurs and professionals alike, and their fans. She was loved and admired by everyone in her little Elvis Environment.
Family Request in lieu of flowers to please make donations to The Mesquite Animal Shelter at 1650 Gross. Rd Mesquite, TX 75149.
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Edith E. HICKS
May 24, 2020
I was so sad to hear of Edith’s passing, my thoughts and prayers go out to my friend Carmen and the family! Every time I saw Edith she was smiling and I didn’t know if it was the Elvis guy that was there that day or if she just enjoyed life, I soon figured out it was the latter!! She was always so nice to me and I will always cherish her warm smile and friendly hello!! I’ll miss you Edith!!
May 22, 2020
Omi will be forever missed by all of us. We are terribly sorry that we couldn't be there to honor her life. We sure missed seeing everyone. We love you all!
Love, Sheri and Becky
May 21, 2020
Carmen, Anita and Ricky.. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother.. Edith was such a kind and loving woman, enjoyed talking to her. My Heart and Prayers go out to you kids at this time.. It is hard to take losing your Mother.. May God have his arms around each of you.
May 20, 2020
My deepest prayers for those left behind. She was my friend for 60 years and we all I’ll miss her smiling face and her lovely garden. Rest In Peace.