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Obituary: Carolynn Grace Hicks

Carolynn Grace Hicks, daughter of Grace and Ted Hicks of Chino Valley, Arizona passed away during the early morning hours of March 2, 2015 at St Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, after a three-year struggle with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. She was born in San Gabriel, California on Feb. 12, 1964 and lived in El Monte, California until 1973 when the family relocated the Philippines for her father's work.

While she lived in the Philippines, Carolynn and her family established close friendship with families that have continued on since. Four years later her father, a Special Agent with Naval Investigative Service (NIS) later known as Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) was transferred to Pensacola, Florida, where she attended elementary and junior high school. In 1979, Carolynn moved with her family, another transfer, to Oceanside, California, where she completed high school. During 1982, her father was transferred to the Honolulu, Hawaii area but Carolynn, who had enrolled in Cal State Long Beach, California, stayed behind with her aunt Ann Hunter to complete her first year. She then joined her family in Hawaii and completed her second year of college at Brigham Young University, Hawaii. Carolynn then returned to Cal State Long Beach to complete her undergraduate studies then moved on to the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and there completed her studies for a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. She stayed in Kansas City to intern with the Missouri Repertory Theatre after graduation before she returned to California and made her home in Huntington Beach, California. For the next few years she worked in the technical theatre/lighting business and as would be expected established lasting friendships. By this time Carolynn's brother graduated college and joined NCIS as a Special Agent thus, Carolynn had a 45-year close association with NCIS.

She and the family accompanied her father all over the word; she treasured her 45-year association with NIS/NCIS and remained a staunch supporter of the organization. Understandably, Carolynn developed a strong interest in foreign travel and during 2005, after her stint in Technical Theatre, she decided to teach English as a Foreign Language and trained through Oxford University, a satellite situated in San Francisco, California. After being certified to teach, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey where she lived and taught English for the next six years. She came to love Turkey and the Turkish people and especially her many peers and colleagues. Her medical condition did not slow her down and she has returned to Turkey on three occasions to visit with her friends and tour the country; attended a wedding of friends from Turkey in Toronto, Canada, and visit with a dear friend in Florida and cruise around on his new motorcycle. Carolynn also accompanied her father on a work trip to the Baltimore, Maryland, where she visited with her brother and his family and toured Washington, D.C. While she lived in the Philippines, Carolynn had the opportunity to visit other countries in South East Asia including Saigon, RVN during 1973. Recently she accompanied her father to a reunion of Special Agents who served in Vietnam and enjoyed visiting with many old friends. Carolynn could not teach after she became ill but did volunteer as a tutor for adults learning English as a second language; she loved the English language and teaching.

She is survived by her mother and father, Grace and Ted Hicks of Chino Valley, Arizona; and her brother Joseph, his wife Jennifer; and nephews Caleb who lives with his parents in Spokane, Washington and Tyler who lives in Peru.

There will be a family memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension research. She will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know her.

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