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Freida Marie Hicks Hedgpeth passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Hawthorne Inn in Liberty Village of Danville, Il. She was 94 years old

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Eddie N. Hedgpeth, her parents, Alva and Myrtle Hicks, her brothers Clyde Hicks and Homer Hicks, her sister Lura Maxine Leisch, and two nephews, Gerald Leisch and Phillip Hicks. Son-in-law Frank Hanson.

She is lovingly remembered by her children: Katina Vastlik(Donald) of Corinth MS, Debby Hanson (Frank) of Kokomo IN, and David Hedgpeth (Brenda) of Oakwood IL. Also her twin sister, Fleeta Schultz of Danville, her grandaughter Heather Hanson(Todd Fivecoate), great-grandchildren Morgan Fivecoat and Mara Fivecoate all of Kokomo IN, three nephews, Stephen Schultz, Lawrence Schultz, and Timothy Leisch of Danville, Il, niece Janice Roudebush of San Diego CA and nephew Wayne Brown of Carmel IN.

Freida Marie Hicks Hedgpeth was born in Danville, IL in 1922 and along with identical twin sister, Fleeta, were well known in town as "The Hicks Twins" at a time when twins were more unusual. She attended Cannon Grade School and graduated Danville High School. She married Eddie N Hedgpeth in 1942 in Danville. Eddie was in the Army Air Corps stationed in Texas. Their first daughter was born in Texas and they moved around several bases there until the shipped out to Homstead , FL until he mustered out after VE day. They returned to Danville to live and raise their family. She was active in her church and Home Bureau, enjoyed entertaining friends and family, reading, decorating, and cooking. Starting in the early 60s she began to work in labor and delivery at St Elizabeth's Hospital as a scrub nurse, then she went to work as an LPN for Dr Stanley Levine and for the doctors that followed in that practice until she retired. She then did volunteer work at what is now Presence Hospital and Faith in Action, and baking for the church when needed. We have wonderful memories of this funny , feisty, intelligent, and loving mother, sister,aunt and friend. She was one of a kind and we will miss her terribly.

The visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville at 3940 N Vermilion, from 1-3pm, on Thursday April 6, 2017. Service to follow at 3pm, with Reverend Ann Schwartz officiating. Internment at Sunset Memorial Park at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to St. Jude in Freida's name.
Please join Freida's family in sharing memories on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on April 3, 2017
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