Doris E. Wicks
Hermiston May 6, 1934 - July 23, 2018


Doris E. Wicks of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on May 6, 1934, in New Plymouth, Idaho, to parents Elmer and Helen Lake Carpenter. She passed away on July 23, 2018, in Richland, Washington, surrounded by family at the age of 84 years.

Doris was raised by her grandparents, Alfred and Mary Carpenter. She attended elementary school in New Plymouth, and middle school and high school in Midvale, Idaho. Doris was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Franklin Eugene “Gene” Wicks, on June 17, 1951, in Midvale.

Gene was stationed in Savannah, Georgia, where they started their family with the birth of their first son, Darrell. They returned to Weiser, Idaho, for a short time where their second son, Steve, was born. They moved to Pilot Rock, Oregon, in 1956 and while visiting family in Midvale, son Richard was born.

Doris worked at Bulbaros Grocery Store for five years. In 1964, they settled in Hermiston, Oregon, and she worked for Sigmans IGA. Doris then worked 23 years at Safeway before retiring. She enjoyed her co-workers and customers, many of whom remained friends for life. Doris and Gene then spent the next 10 years traveling in their motorhome before Gene passed away in 2010.

She enjoyed working outside in her gardens and traveling with her family. Doris was a member of Grace Baptist Church where she enjoyed worship, Bible study, and planning the music for Sunday services. Doris will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

She is survived by her sons Steve Wicks and wife Mavis, Parkersburg, Iowa, and Richard Wicks and wife Gina, Hermiston, Ore.; daughter-in-law MaryAnn Wicks, Kettle Falls, Wash.; brother Gary Carpenter, Asotin, Wash.; cousins Hazel Brown, Hayden Lake, Idaho, and Sybil Irving, Stanfield, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Gene, her parents, and her oldest son, Darrell.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 555 N.W. 11th St., Hermiston, Ore. Burial will be at the cemetery in Midvale, Idaho.

Those who wish may make contributions in her memory to Grace Baptist Church.

A special thank you to her Christian Family at Grace Baptist Church for their devoted love and friendship.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.

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