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Carolyn Boswell Timms Hicks, 86

WILMINGTON — Carolyn Boswell Timms Hicks, entered into the glory of heaven on January 24, 2022, with her loving husband by her side. She was born at home on January 28, 1935, in Tunica, Mississippi to Edwin Bryan Timms and Mary Boswell Timms during a winter storm that prevented travel to the hospital. One of her favorite memories growing up was driving around Tunica in her 35 Ford convertible with a rumble seat. Carolyn was homecoming queen in 1952 at Tunica County High School. After graduation, she attended Mississippi Southern and received her degree in Speech Therapy. She then moved to Charleston, SC to work as a speech therapist. While in Charleston, she was introduced to Navy LTJG John Hicks by his sister Sally. They fell in love and were married later that same year. They moved back to Wilmington where John joined the family insurance business, Glasgow Hicks Company.

Carolyn kept busy raising their daughter, doing volunteer work, and racing sailboats at the Carolina Yacht Club with John, winning the Skylark National Championship in 1966.  She loved beautiful gardens, was a Past-President of Oleander Garden Club, and spent many hours on the phone with her sister Mary Alice talking about gardening.  She was dedicated to her church, Myrtle Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and was eager to share her love of Jesus to everyone she encountered. Carolyn was generous to those in need and quick to add anyone to her prayer list.

She considered herself blessed to be able to live on the intracoastal waterway and always enjoyed seeing the activity on and around the water. Carolyn was a lover of fine dining, beautiful places, and had fond memories of travel to Austria, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands. Ultimately, however, the place she most longed to see was heaven and to be in her Lord’s presence.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her twin brother who died at birth, her sister Mary Alice Williams, her son-in-law Davy Crockett, and her nephew, Cid Vargas. She is survived by her husband, John R. Hicks, her daughter Charlotte S. Hicks, her sister Dorothy Vargas, her sister-in law Sally Reardon, one nephew, and eight nieces.

The family would like to thank her long-term caregiver Sylvia Morgan, weekend caregiver Kelly Gorman, the staff of Peak Resources, and the staff of the Lightkeepers Cottage at the Davis Community for the kind and compassionate care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Myrtle Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

A celebration of life service will be held on a future date to be announced. Arrangements are entrusted to Andrews Mortuary in Wilmington.

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