Marian Wicks, 96

Published 5:18pm Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Marian Wicks, 96
Born: April 10, 1916


Died: July 3, 2012

Marion F. Wicks, 96, of Dowagiac, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Forest Glen Assisted Living in Dowagiac.

Marian’s life began on April 10, 1916, in Dowagiac, the daughter of Clarence and Eva (Henwood) Paul. She attended school in Dowagiac and worked for James Heddon and Sons as a young lady.

On May 25, 1939, Marian was united in marriage to Harland C. Wicks at the Federated Church in Dowagiac.

In 1950, they opened Wick’s Apple House, selling apples, potatoes and cider on the front lawn of the family farmhouse. As the business grew,

Marian ran the pie-making day in the Apple House Bakery.

She was a member of the Dowagiac Junior Arts and loved playing tennis and golf.

Her loving family includes her children, Paul (Suzanne) Wicks, of Dowagiac, Judy (Dan) Rie,s of South Haven, and Greg (Carole) Wicks, of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Kimberly (Ron) Montgomery, of Sister Lakes, Michelle (Brian) McManus, of Portage, Bradley ( Val) Ries, of Colorado, Adam (Brittney) Ries, of Battle Creek, Nicole Wicks, of Kalamazoo, and Brett (Ryanne) Wicks, of South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Kayla Montgomery, Ava Ries and Braden Ries; and great-great-grandson, Mason S. Labencki.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harland, in 2003; sisters, Lucille Freeland and Marjorie Durren; and brother, William “Hootie” Paul.

Her family will gather with friends at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Silver Creek United Methodist Church for her memorial service led by Pastor Heather McDougal.

Yazel & Clark Chapel is serving the family.

Please sign her guestbook and leave a memory of Marian at

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