“God’s Angels Were Dispatched From Heaven To Pick Another Rose From His Garden.”
Mary Nelton went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 18, 2005 at Henrico Doctors Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. Earlier that day she was happy and singing her spirituals getting ready for her special trip.
Mary Nelton was born in Powhatan County to the late Robert and Pearl Cox on December 4, 1920. She joined the Hollywood Baptist Church at an early age. From that time until her health began to fail her, she worked very diligently in the church in many auxiliaries, “White Rose Missionary Circle” for many years and she sung on the choir for about 50 years or more. She was always ready to do what she could to help others in spite of her visual handicap. She loved her church and loved to visit other churches in the surrounding counties.
On August 26, 1941 she was united in marriage to Alfred W. Hicks. From this union three children were born, Ercelle, Alfred T. and Mary T.
Mary Nelton did not work outside the home but she always saw to it that Alfred and her children were taken care of and she did not let her visual handicap stop her from doing the things that needed to be done. She taught her children the values of life and always to be kind to others and to treat people the way you would like to be treated.
As time went on her husband, children and grandchildren became her eyes for her due to her failing eyesight. Whenever you saw Alfred W., Mary Nelton was not far from him.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her husband of sixty-four years, Alfred W. Hicks; two daughters, Ercelle and Mary of Powhatan; one son, Alfred T. of Richmond; two granddaughters, Nechelle of Powhatan, and Marcha of Richmond; two sons-in law, Peter and George of Powhatan; three step-granddaughters and one step-great-granddaughter; one brother-in-law, James R. Hicks (Lelia); many nieces, nephews and cousins. Two sisters-in-law preceded her in death, Mabel Bell and Julia Morris.
Humbly Submitted, The Family
“God Has A Way of Showing Us”
God has a way of showing us, the beauty of life each day,
He knows the joy of giving love, He teaches us to pray.
God has a way of showing us, that though the sun may shine,
Some rain must fall into each life, at any given time.
God has a way of showing us, that when our dear one slips away,
They’ve only gone for a little while, and we’ll meet again someday.
God has a way of showing us, the path of life we trod,
Is sometimes rough and sometimes smooth, it’s in the hands of God.
Poem by Doris Baker: Lovingly Submitted by the Family
Reprinted by Permission