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Obituary:Grace Hicks Johns

Grace Hicks Johns, 91, died Feb. 8, 2013. She is survived by her children: Betsy H. Johns and her husband Steven Green of Westbury; C. Andrew Johns and his wife Susan of Port Washington, and Susan J. Esworthy and her husband David of Mount Airy, MD. She is also survived by her brother Harry L. Hicks, formerly of Manhasset and Shelter Island, NY, and now of Williamsburg, VA. She was Gigi to her seven adored grandchildren: Joanna and Mallory Green; Chris, Bryan, and Evan Johns; and Julie and Tim Esworthy.  She was predeceased by her husband Carl O. Johns, Jr., of Manhasset, and was sister of the late Everett K. Hicks of Port Washington and Helen H. Coulter of Chester, CT.  Her funeral service was held at the Community Reformed Church on Plandome Road, with Rev. Steven D. Pierce officiating.

Grace Van Nostrand Hicks was born in Little Neck to H. Leslie Hicks and Louise Van Nostrand Hicks, and lived on a farm overlooking what is now Little Neck Parkway. She recalled ice skating to school, attending Sunday school and Christian Endeavor groups at her church, riding horses and going to friends’ homes in areas that are now the Long Island Expressway. She attended grade school at PS 94.

When her family moved to Manhasset, she attended Manhasset High School, where she played basketball, sang in the chorus, and served on many clubs and committees. The MHS yearbook The Tower of 1939 states: “The many functions of the General Organization, the largest and most important organization of the students, were ably planned by Grace Hicks, who served as president.” As a MHS graduate, she was a member of Silver M and enjoyed attending its meetings for many years.

Grace attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated from UNC–Chapel Hill in 1943 as a business major.  She returned to Manhasset and worked in New York City, then married and raised her family, returning to work for several local businesses so she could give time to her children.  At retirement, she had been working in the office of Shelter Rock Orthopedic Group, a job that she loved because the doctors were like family, and because she enjoyed seeing the many local patients that she had gotten to know over the years.

Throughout her 77 years living in Manhasset, she was a devoted member of the Community Reformed Church, and made many life-long friends through her church activities.  She loved singing in the choir all of her years. She played bridge with friends, traveled near and far, and spent many hours organizing genealogy records of the Hicks, Van Nostrand and Johns families. She enjoyed planning and attending her high school reunions, and could recall names and stories of events in all corners of Manhasset. Grace took great interest in all the people that she knew, and was always happy to catch up with people whenever and wherever she saw them.

Most important to Grace was the time she spent with family, both immediate and extended. She had a wonderful, close relationship with each of her grandchildren, as well as her nieces and nephews and their children, and she loved to relate stories to them of their relatives, her years in Manhasset, and her travel adventures.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Road, Manhasset, NY  11030, or