Evonne L. Hicken, 72, of Gothenburg died March 17, 2020 at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born March 27, 1947 in Gothenburg, the daughter of William and Geraldine Slack.

Evonne grew up in Wild Horse Valley and attended Spannuth School and Brady High School graduating with the class of 1965. She married Garry Hicken on June 25, 1966 in Gothenburg and to this union three children were born: Jennifer, Christopher, and Thomas.

She was a lady of many talents, including photography, painting, and gardening. She loved to make floral arrangements and decorate homes.

She worked with Garry since 1976 operating Hicken Lumber and Home Center and in recent years she opened up Finishing Touches, an interior decorating store, that was a dream of hers and allowed her to use her artistic ability and love of decorating to bring a different aspect to the lumber yard.

Family was the most important thing in her life, she loved to travel with Garry, take annual “girls trips” with Jennifer, Alisha and Britney, or host any holiday that she could, she was the anchor that brought the family together.

Evonne was a member of the American Lutheran Church, WECLA, serving as president for several years, PEO, and the American Lutheran Choir.

Survivors include her husband, Garry Hicken of Gothenburg; daughter, Jennifer (Alan) Ballmer of Gothenburg; sons, Chris Hicken of Gothenburg and Tom Hicken of Omaha; grandchildren, Alisha Ballmer and Cade Hicken of Lincoln, Alex Ballmer of Gothenburg, and Britney Hicken of Morovia, Iowa; brother, Billy Slack of Brady; sisters, Carol Slack of Gothenburg and Beverly (Mike) Troxel of Sutherland; sisters-in-law, Karan (Jim) Smith of Gothenburg and Kristy (Dennis) Henn of Lincoln; and other family.

Evonne was preceded in death by her parents, William and Geraldine Slack; in-laws, William and Erma Hicken; sisters-in-law, Betty Slack and Juleen Farnstrom; brother-in-law, Melvin Hicken; and niece, Dena Hilyard.

A celebration of life for Evonne will be held at a later date. Private family services will be held at Gothenburg Cemetery. Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the Women’s WELCA at American Lutheran Church or Central Plains Hospice P.O. Box 207 Cozad, NE 69130. To sign the online guest book, go to blasestrauser.com.