Beth's Wedding Dress
Beth Hicks was buried in her wedding dress after her mother, sister, and aunt picked it up from the bridal store where it was being altered.
Beth’s friends and family thank The Devine News for permission to republish this article. We have abbreviated some names to protect individuals’ privacy.
Officer Beth Hicks loved life, and making a difference
By K. K. Calme
"If she loved you, you knew it, because she made sure you knew it."
Those words are so true of Beth Hicks, who made sure everyone who crossed her path in life enjoyed that moment in life with her. Whether at work or at play, Hicks brightened any room she entered with her warm smile, sincere greetins, and bouncy personality. She loved life and made sure those around her loved it too. She was so looking forward to marrying the love of her life, SSgt. Dwayne Davis, this September. She may be gone, but her smile, her laughter and sheer joy that radiated from her presence will be with us forever.
The small community of Devine was stunned at the news of Beth's death last Wednesday June 30th. Kendall County Sheriff Henry B. Hodge ame to Devine to personally inform her parents ________ and ________ Hicks, of the tragic news of Probation Officer Hicks' death. Beth was found dead outside her home early that morning with head wounds, possibly from a blunt instrument. Neighbors found her beside her truck, dressed for work. According to reports, she did not appear to be robbed.
Beth had been a probation officer for Kendall County for the past 5 years and resided in Boerne, Texas. Fellow law enforcement officers are investigating her murder, which is being headed by the Texas Rangers and the Kendall County Sheriff's Department.
Several of Beth's co-workers, including Sheriff Hodge, spoke in tribute to Beth at her funeral in Devine last Saturday, July 3rd. "If she loved you, you knew it, because she made sure you knew it," said Sheriff Hodge. Others added, "She was an excellent probation officer," "she was good to her clients," "a very loving person," "Important part of our family probation team," "would do anything for anybody," "always had a smile to brighten up our mornings, " "would help anyone who was willing to help themselves." She was "well respected by namy law enforcement officials, not only in Kendall County but all over the area."
Beth was excited about her upcoming wedding and was in the process of hand stitching each of the 150 bnags to be filled with rice that would be tossed at them. She seemed to put a personal touch to everything in her life. She loved working needlepoints and sharing them with her family and friends. In fact, as one friend pointed out, "I expected to see needlepoint hangings all over her home, but there weren't. She had made them for loved ones and given them away." An example of her willingness to go out of the way for others is a gift ordered for her nephew, Peter. His subscription to Mad Magazine was erroneously sent to her address. Instead of correcting the mistake, she saw that as an opporunity for her to personally attach a note to each issue and mail them to him, herself, each month. Fiancee Dwayne was also one of the many recipients of her generous presents. She had met him days before his departure, about a year ago. Yet, while he was stationed in Iraq during his tour of duty, she made sure he had mail everyday and a care package each week. That was just the thoughtful person she was. She didn't do many things for herself; instead, she spent a lifetime doing for others.
Beth loved Devine and growing up in the country in a small town. Like she told her friend, S____ J_____, who had just moved to Devine during their high school days, "I am going to make you my friend, and make you love Devine." She also helped others enjoy the Devine Warhorse and Arabian games, as she spent hours being the school mascot, sheering on the teams and motivating the fans. Most of all, Beth enjoyed going to the range with her father, camping out with her friends, and raising 4-H animals. In later years, she became an avid marksman and helped her father renovate some homes. She also loved coming down on weekends to help her mom out during the busy tax seasons, and just hanging out in the kitchen, relaxing together.
As her mother, S____, said at her graveside in Evergreen Cemetery, "it takes a community to raise a child. Thanks for being a part of Beth's life and for being her for us, also."
I can see where Beth got her thoughtfulness [and] honesty.
She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by . . . .
If you have information about Beth's murder, contact
Criminal Investigation Divison,
Kendall County Sheriff's Office
Or Kendall County Crimestoppers