Pamela B. Hicks

On Thursday, March 3, 2011, Pamela B. Hicks passed away, at home, after a long battle with lung cancer.  A native of Granville, New York, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mansir Waite Hicks, Jr.

Pam lived an adventurous and full life as an advocate, nurse, therapist, teacher, leader, friend and, most importantly, a mother.

She graduated from the Northfield School for Girls in East Northfield, Massachusetts (’64); and from Yale University, with a Master’s of Science in Nursing, with honors specializing in mental health and psychiatric nursing (’87). 

An avid runner since 1972, Pam was an early advocate of mind-body fitness and was inspired by Asian medicine and belief systems. She opened a fitness studio for women, called Santé, in 1979, in Martinsville, Virginia and was later invited to attend the first National Conference on Physical Fitness in Washington, DC.

She was an outspoken and tenacious advocate for those POW-MIA soldiers in Southeast Asia, seeking full account for those still missing. Pam will be remembered by many Vietnam Veterans as a voice cheering for them in Parades, Rolling Thunder, and on Capitol Hill.

In 2005, having being diagnosed with non-smoking lung cancer, she became an advocate for those with the disease. She called for early detection and screening for smokers, former smokers, and those with a family history. As a member of the NY Executive Committee of the Lung Cancer Alliance and the NY State Cancer Consortium, she helped educate communities, healthcare providers and the legislature about the stigma of lung cancer and its impact on research and treatment.

Pam is survived by her daughter, Dr. Sarah E. Lefebvre-Petras and husband, Darwin M. Petras; her son John Jason Lefebvre; her sister Cora Hicks Perry and husband Zane C. Perry; her brother, Charles V. Hicks and wife Beverly C. Hicks; and by numerous nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, and countless cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Mansir Waite Hicks Jr. and Thelma Barker Hicks; the father of her children, John Paul Lefebvre, and her dear brother, Mansir “Mac” Waite Hicks, III.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wells, Vt. at noon on Saturday, March 12, 2011; with a gathering to follow at The Barn Restaurant and Tavern in Pawlet, Vt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made online to The Lung Cancer Alliance or, by phone, to the Slate Valley Museum

Comments

comments

Tags: , , ,

Weekender – 08/28/15

Lakes Classifieds – 08/28/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 08/28/15

Northshire Freepress – 08/28/15

Classifieds 08/27/15

Washington County Fair in full swing

407624_345593242132090_322483287_n

By Linda Ellingsworth There’s still plenty of time to experience the excitement of the Washington County Fair. A celebration of […]

Coin drops hurt by bridge work

Bridge

By Dan King Those who volunteer their time to serve the people of Whitehall say their coin drop operations have […]

Working together: town, village fixing waterline

DSC_1921

By Dan King For the past week and a half the town and village of Whitehall have been working together […]

Washington County Board opposes Common Core

Schulz 2

By Dan King The third time was indeed a charm for Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff and activist Bob Schulz. Haff […]

Townwide sale next weekend

Lawn sale 006

By Dan King Bargain seekers will converge on Whitehall Labor Day Weekend, as they seek the best deals around. The […]

Three vying for public safety position

By Christina Scanlon Washington County supervisors have narrowed the field to three candidates for county public safety director and will […]

Recycled teens applauded

By Christina Scanlon Nine honorary members of the Mettowee Valley Senior Citizens were honored last week at a luncheon filled […]