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  Mary “Etta” (Hice) Willbanks, 69 of Koshkonong, Missouri, passed away November 17, 2022, at her home surrounded by loved ones. Etta was born January 20, 1953, to Granvel and Nedra (Jewell) Hice. Etta married the love of her life, Norvil “Bud” Willbanks on February 20, 1970, at his grandparents house in Thayer, Missouri.

  Etta loved quilting, canning, and working in her garden. She loved to be just outside. She was loved by all that knew her and she will be greatly missed by all. Etta dearly loved her family and friends. Etta was a long-time member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Koshkonong, Missouri.

  Etta is survived by her husband Bud; one daughter Natalie, husband Kevin; three grandchildren Perry Frealy, Wyatt Frealy and Jessica Busch, husband Garrett; three great-grandchildren Brennan, Brinnley, and Braylynn; two brothers Bob Hice, wife Denise and Herb Hice, wife Helen.

  Etta is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and five brothers, Marie Harrison, Delbert Hice, Rubien Hice, Ralph Hice, Melvin Hice, William Hice, Grace Hice and two infant siblings.

  Graveside services for Etta Willbanks, age 69, of Koshkonong, Missouri, will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Koshkonong Cemetery in Koshkonong, Missouri under the direction of Carter Funeral Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

  Visitation will be Sunday November 20, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Mike Butler
    November 18, 2022 @ 6:35 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers being sent to you. The Butler family


  2. Dennis and Susan Henson
    November 18, 2022 @ 9:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family during this heart breaking time.


  3. Becky Haddock
    November 18, 2022 @ 11:16 pm

    My Mom Marie Haddock was friends with her at Rojo. She was wonderful person


  4. Suzanne & Doug Hilburn
    November 20, 2022 @ 1:50 pm

    Our sincere condolences to Bud, Natalie and all of Etta’s family and friends. She was much loved by her family here in South Carolina.
    I remember when Doug and I visited Etta and Bud and I was privileged to see some of the beautiful quilts Etta had made. Doug, in particular, has many, many fond memories of the many different occasions he spent visiting family in Koshkonong.

    With prayers and love,
    Doug and Suzanne Hilburn


  5. Colleen FREEMAN
    November 20, 2022 @ 5:06 pm

    So sorry to hear of Ettas passing.I so enjoyed working w/ her at Arlee’s


  6. Joan Billingsley
    November 20, 2022 @ 5:35 pm

    So sorry for your loss prayers and thoughts for each of the family May God wrap you in his love and arms to comfort you. Joan Billingsley and family


  7. Renee Stephens
    November 25, 2022 @ 10:05 am

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Etta was a very kind person. I know she will be missed very much. You knew how much she loved her family by the way she talked about them.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


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