April 26, 1927 ~ March 14, 2019

Born in: Columbus, Nebraska
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Dorothy Mae Bartels Hicks, 91, of Denver, Colorado, passed away March 14, 2019. She was born April 26, 1927 in Columbus, Nebraska to Elmer William John and Ruth Ilene Munger Bartels.

Dorothy graduated from Columbus High School in 1941. She later attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a B.S. in 1954. She served as a Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Samoa from 1955-1957.

Dorothy met Robert Franklin Hicks while attending BYU. They were married on September 5, 1958 in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Robert preceded her in death in 1997.

Dorothy worked as a Secretary for the U.S. Government for 20 years. She also worked as a Theatre Usher for the Denver Center Theatre Company for 20 years. She volunteered with the AIDS Walk for 30 years, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for 19 years, at the Denver Public Library for 20 years and at the Molly Brown House Museum for 2 years.

Because of her incredible love of learning, Dorothy attended Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she graduated with another B.S. in 1994.

Dorothy is survived by her three children, Rachel Hicks, Howard W. Hicks and Nelson M. Hicks; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Funeral service will be held at 1:00pm, on Tuesday, March 26th, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 740 Hudson Street, Denver, CO 80220. Friends are welcome to visit with the family from 12-12:45pm at the Church.

A Graveside service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, March 27th, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2460, 12801 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.


Funeral Service: March 26, 2019 1:00 pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
740 Hudson Street
Denver, CO 80220

Graveside Service: March 27, 2019 1:00 pm

Mount Olivet Cemetery
12801 W. 44th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

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  1. Mama Dorothy,

    You will forever be a bright beacon of light in my life.

    I will forever treasure the times that we spent together and our conversations that we had.

    I’ve always loved the theatre, being able to share it with you was beyond phenomenal.

    You will always be in my heart, my forever love is with you.

    Howard, I will thank you forever for sharing your Mother with me.

    Though I don’t know Mama Dorothy’s oldest and youngest, my prayers are with all of you; Howard, Rachel and Nelson.

    I pray that God bless and comfort you all, not only in your time of need, but always.

    Thank you for having such a wondetful Mother, she will be missed by all of the people whomever had the opportunity of knowing her.

    God’s Blessings to you.

    Katherine Arrington-Wells

  2. Take comfort in knowing that God has promised us a future I’m which death will be no more Rev 21:3,4. He is the God of peace and will help us find that peace if we ask Phil 4:7. Our prayers are with the family.

  3. I will miss you my Celtic Soul Sister. Loved talking “books” with you.
    You were an extraordinary Lady. Happy you are with your husband now and learning so many wonderful things on the other side.
    Love and a hug,

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