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Claire Linette Hicks

March 21, 1952 — March 20, 2024

Claire Linette Hicks, 72, of Columbia City (Loon Lake) passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, March 20, 2024.  Born March 21, 1952, in Fort Wayne, IN, Claire was the daughter of the late Lester D. "Bud" and Gladys I. Hayner (nee Foellinger).

Claire graduated from North Side High School, with the Class of 1970. She received her bachelor's degree from Ball State University in 1974. In addition to actively serving in the Psi Iota Xi organization, Claire taught at Aboite Elementary School in Southwest Allen County Schools. Later in her career, she served as an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students at Taylor University, Fort Wayne. One of her greatest joys was retiring to her newfound home and beautiful community at Loon Lake.

Known for her socks and slippers, Claire was an avid knitter. She also loved to read, play games (particularly with her grandchildren), and, in her later years, became a skilled mahjongg player.  Evening pontoon cruises and golf cart rides around the lake brought her great joy.

Claire is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gary D. Hicks; her daughters, Michelle (Richard) Gualandi and Amanda (Michael) Feiock; and her five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katherine, Jillian, and Luke Feiock and Eric Gualandi.

She is also preceded in death by her brother, Charles L. Hayner.

Visitation will be 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, March 25, 2024, at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.  A Celebration of Life will be 11:00 am Tuesday, March 26, 2024, with calling one hour prior also at the funeral home.  In Lieu of Flowers memorial donations may be given in memory of Claire to Mirro Center.  Visit www.DeMoneyGrimes.com to send Claire's family online condolences or sign the online guest book.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

DeMoney - Grimes Funeral Home (Columbia City)

600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN 46725

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

DeMoney - Grimes Funeral Home (Columbia City)

600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN 46725

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