Virginia (Ginny) Hicks

virginia (ginny) hicks
Virginia (Ginny) L. Hicks (Crowley), 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on March 5th, 2020, at Essentia Health in Fargo, N.D. Ginny was born on July 5th, 1943 to Ryan and Catherine Crowley (Charley) in LaSalle, Illinois. She attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, and LaSalle Peru Township High School graduating in 1961. After high school, she moved to Chicago to work for United Airlines. However, the primary reason for moving to Chicago was to follow her high school sweetheart of 61 years, John Hicks, while he attended The University of Illinois College of Dentistry. They were married on September 5, 1964. They were blessed with 3 children, Laura, Brian, and Mary Catherine. Throughout their lives they lived in many cities throughout the United States, with a final move to Moorhead, Minn., in 1975 after John completed 10 years of military service with the U.S. Army. Ginny was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. To say she will be missed is an understatement–our hearts are broken. Ginny was fiercely independent, and so incredibly loved by everyone who knew her. She was an amazing cook and nothing made her happier than entertaining friends and family. Everyone was welcome at her table. Her love of travel took the family on several incredibly memorable trips. She truly enjoyed working closely with her clients at First International Travel in Fargo from the mid 1980’s to the late 1990’s. She continued to work for her favorite clients from her home office after leaving the company. Ginny was preceded in death by her parents, Ryan and Catherine Crowley. Sincerely missing Ginny are her husband of 56 years, Dr. John Hicks; children Laura (Daniel) Sobolik, Fargo, ND; Brian (Joanne) Hicks, Atlanta GA; and Mary Catherine (Camron) Woods, San Antonio, TX. Also left behind are her beloved grandchildren, William and Ryan Mork, Amelia and Charlie Hicks; her sisters, Carol Shaw and Colleen (Terry) Bogner, sister-in-law Gerry (Bill) Etzenbach, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Ginny’s life will be held on Saturday, March 14th, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. An inurnment service will be held in her home town in Illinois later this year. A heartfelt thank you to the incredible Critical Care Unit at Essentia Health for providing such wonderful care and maintaining her dignity in her final days. We will forever be grateful. Memorials can be sent directly to Essentia Health Fargo Foundation directed to the Heart/Vascular Fund.

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  1. Heartfelt condolences to Ginny’s family. She was a class act and I know her passing has many hearts aching. Donna & Roger Hentges

  2. Brian and family, I am incredibly sorry for this profound loss. I can’t imagine what you must be going through. Sending you my heartfelt condolences, warm thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dear John & Family,

    Jim and I were deeply saddened to hear about Ginny’s passing. What a huge loss for all of you. We send our prayers as well as our deepest condolences to your entire family.

    Warmly, Jim & Margo McCulley

  4. Dr. Hicks, Laura, Brian, and Mary Catherine…
    We are heartbroken over your loss of Ginny. She was certainly a wonderful woman who will leave a HUGE hole in your lives. We pray that the love of Jesus and your love for each other will comfort all of you in this new journey.

  5. Dr. Hicks and Laura: So very sorry to learn this sad news. Ginny had the brightest smile and such great spirit. You are in my prayers. Deb

  6. Dear John, Laura and family, I am so sorry to read of Ginny’s passing. She was a lovely, graceful woman and passed this on to her kids! I’ll make sure my Mom and Dad know. With Love, Sue Mathison

  7. I will forever miss my dear friend. Ginny has always been special to me. Working together at FIT was a great experience for me, the best of my years in the travel business. We had some great travels together which I will continue to enjoy the memories. My prayers go out to John, Laura, Brian, and Mary Catherine as well as those
    Grandchildren Ginny loved so much. I know I will see you again my dear friend! Enjoy God’s paradise.

  8. Our family had the privilege and pleasure of living next door to Ginny and John during summers at Lake Melissa for nearly a decade. Her grandsons, William and Ryan, spent fun-filled lake days with our kids…always under Ginny’s watchful eye from the deck as she made sure they survived the day in one piece. We might have starved if Ginny hadn’t lived next door, doling out “Ginny juice” to Tommy in the morning and leftover pasta to the big kids in the evening. To John, Laura, Brian, Mary Catherine, William, Ryan and the rest of the Hicks family, the Conmys and the Weiss kids send you our deepest condolences.

  9. Laura and Family. I cant express my thoughts well enough to say how very sorry I am for your loss. Hoping that the great memories of Ginny comfort you during this difficult time. Thinking of you all and keepung you in my prayers.

  10. John and Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Ginny’s death. We feel very lucky to have been your neighbors and friends.
    May you share your memories with one another and be joyous to have had such a wonderful person in your lives.

    Joy and John Thomas

  11. Had the great pleasure of having Ginny work for me and with me at First InternationalTravel. Outstanding person, very professional.
    John & family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss.

  12. My heart is also broken but left with great memories of our children growing up together in south Morehead Mn and attending the same grade school and high school. She truly was a “lady “ in every sense with a also memorable laugh which always was a second away from her. Peace to a wonderful family!

  13. Uncle John, Brian, Laura and Mary Catherine:

    Aunt Ginny will truly be missed even though I did not seen her that often when I did she always had the biggest smile on her face and welcomed me into the family like I was one of her own, she shared many memories with me of Bob and we laughed until we cried!! I can’t express enough how much I looked forward to seeing your mom and dad always had a great time!! I’m not going to lie it does get easier but never truly goes away how much you will miss mom/wife how often you will want to pick up the phone and call her just remember all your memories you were able to share with her I know all to well❤️See you all in the summer if only under different circumstances, your all in my thoughts and prayers🙏🏻❤️

  14. Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Ginny. Heaven’s gained several of our family members these past couple months. Love, Dorothy, Katie and Maryhelen

  15. John: I am so sorry for your loss. You two traveled a long wonderful journey. Peace be with you, my friend.

  16. Dear John and Kids, I woke up at 5am thinking of you. I have been in such shock since Peg let me know of Ginny’s death. My heart is breaking for all of you. Ginny was always such a class act and no matter what she was doing-even driving those kids to Shanley in her PJs! I loved staying with the kids when the two of you took time for each other. She would line the kids up and give them their orders, give me mine and as the two of you were leaving she grabbed that bottle of wine-so here’s to you Ginny! Loved by so many. Peg will explain why I won’t be able to be at service. I would have so loved to see you kids and your Dad. Love Carole

  17. John, I had the pleasure of working with this great lady. She was amazing and helpful to everyone in the travel industry. She was extremely caring and wanted to make sure I as a young man, did all the right things. Thank you from my heart-I will never forget Ginny, and my sincerest condolences to John and Ginny’s entire family.

  18. Dear John and family: I am so sorry to learn about Ginny. Dad always spoke so highly of her. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  19. Dear John,
    So deeply sorry for your loss. Knowing Ginny is in heaven is consolation but dealing
    with loss will take some time. Please know you are in my prayers for that. I remember
    my visits to your home and dinners when I conducted Parish Missions in Minn and Fargo.
    Ginny was classmate and neighbor. I appreciated your kindness and friendship. Was hoplng
    Ginny and You would be able to attend my 50th priesthood anniv. this summer. She will be
    watching. My very best to you.

  20. John, Laura, Brian, Mary Catherine & Family Members ~

    In these times of grief, lean heavily upon our Lord. He is always very near and beside you in times of distress. Pray to Him for acceptance of the void that Ginny’s death has caused and He will give you tolerance and help you carry your despair, Where Ginny held a place in your heart, may you find the love of Jesus as your consolation.

    Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

    We were so proud to call her our Sister these many years. Until we meet again…

    Much Love to All of You,

    Carol & Colleen

  21. My heart and thoughts are with all of you during this time. It’s obvious that she was well-loved and her life well-lived. I know you’ll find comfort in your memories, and in the parts of her that will remain within you all.

  22. Dear John,
    My sincere sympathy. May God grant you peace and strength to carry you through this difficult time.
    Rod Casad

  23. To John and Family
    My heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you!!

  24. John. Deepest sympathy to you and your family on Ginny’s passing. Please share with your family our lasting memory of Ginny. She coordinated our first trip to Paris and Normandy in 2000. Becky and I regularly comment on our trip experience and thank Ginny for her kindness and effort on our behalf. I’m sure many others have life fulfilling experiences, such as ours, in large part because of Ginny. Such a wonderful woman.

  25. Dr. Hicks, I was so sorry to hear of your wife’s death. What a very sad time for your family to lose this wonderful woman. To be married and to love for such a wonderfully long time is a gift in today’s world. Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. May God bless you all.
    Lana and Warren Schlecht

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