Date of Death: January 21, 2021

Service Details

According to Kristen’s wishes, cremation has been conducted. Visitation will be held Friday, February 5, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with visitation an hour prior to service. A private graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery.

A video of the memorial service can be viewed here.

Obituary Notice

Kristen K. (Hicks) Borst, 49, of Three Rivers, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 21, 2021 at home with her loving family by her side.

She was born October 23, 1971 in Three Rivers, the daughter of Teddy and Sue Ellen (Jackson) Hicks. She attended Three Rivers Schools, graduating with highest honors in Class of 1989. During high school she participated in band, where she was first chair trumpet player, along with playing basketball, volleyball, and a member of National Honor Society. Kristen was an avid animal lover, showing horses all throughout her 4-H years. Kristen went on to graduate from Ferris State University School of Pharmacy where she was a member of Lambda Kappa Sigma Sorority. She worked for Village Pharmacy for many years. They were a wonderful support throughout her struggle. Her co-workers and customers in Colon did a lot to support her, selling T-shirts, etc., and her friends in Three Rivers had two fundraisers for help thru difficult times.

Her life revolved around being a doting mother to her daughters and faithful dedication to her career. She had an infectious smile and was a hero to all her family and friends. She had endless courage and her legacy will be treasured in the hearts of all who were touched by her kindness.

She was preceded in death by her beloved Grandma Dorothy Jackson; grandparents, Harry and Hazel Hicks; special aunt, Janine (Jackson) Lenderink.

Kristen leaves to cherish her memory two precious daughters, McKenzie Sue and Madelyn Jo Borst; her parents, Ted and Sue Hicks; sisters, Robin (Ray) Friel, Rebecca Weiderman, and Renee (Jeff) Draime. She had 14 beloved nieces and nephews who all adored her and 21 great-nieces and nephews; many extended family including aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Additional Information

Donations in Kristen’s memory may be directed to Hospice of Southwest Michigan or St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund. Envelopes are available and may also be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of her arrangements.

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40 Comments

  1. My thoughts and prayers to Kristen’s beautiful girls and family. We were roommates at Ferris and I have so many amazing memories of her! She was beautiful and always had a smile on her face. Kind to everyone with a heart of gold. She was and still is in my prayers daily. Rest in peace, beautiful soul.

  2. I was heartbroken when I heard. She was a princess warrior, such a fighter. My heart hurts for her daughters, her parents and siblings, and all of her extended family. You are all in my prayers! It was an extraordinary privilege to know her and call her a friend. She had the most beautiful smile, biggest heart, and the fiercest loyalty to her friends. She was one of my best friends from HS. We had the best of times, so much laughter, some tears, study sessions, band memories, fair moments, weekends spent getting into trouble or making our own fun, and of course, weddings and big birthday celebrations shared after college. She loved deeply and always wanted the best for those she loved. I will always remember her with a smile. The night I found out she passed, I pulled out all of our old photos, poured a glass of wine, and cried. She was so brave and had such fire. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and those who had the privilege to hold her hand in her last days. Thank you for the countless memories, Kristen. I treasure each one of them. My deepest sympathies to the whole family.

  3. Dear Sue and Ted,
    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter, Kristen. Please know that my heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you during this time of grief and sorrow. May the Lord grant you and the family a peace and comfort in the coming days that only He can give.

  4. So sorry to hear about the loss of Kristen – I’m thinking of her daughters & family. We had many of the same classes together, and spent time involved with several clubs . Everyone reading this knows how how great of a personality she had – we shared many laughs growing up. Our class lost a great friend in Kristen.

  5. Dear Ted, Sue and family..my deepest sympathy goes out to you with the loss of Kristen. She fought a great battle but her fighting time was over. Know that she is in heaven , pain free and singing with the angels. Your memories will keep you going..love and prayers

  6. No more tears, no more fears, no more pain, no more hurts … your finally at peace and I’m sure you have the beautiful smile on your face dancing to the music in heaven. You will be missed by so much by your family and friends but most of all your two beautiful girls. I pray for peace for them to know your pain and cancer free. We all love you Kristen and we will see you again . Xoxo

  7. So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. I have such fond memories of Kristen in high school. I enjoyed her fun loving personality with a smile that could light up a room. God’s peace be with you all. Laurie Krum

  8. My heart hurts for the entire family. Hugs to all of you. Kristen was one of a kind… strong willed, fun, smart, personable, professional, loving and caring and that’s just a few of her qualities, I could go on and on. Being the youngest of the “Hicks girls” she had a little bit of each of her older sisters in her and what a whirlwind she was and she passed that on to her girls!! She fought hard for as long as she could.. and she will be terribly missed by her friends and family, especially her daughters… take her memories and cherish them and make her proud, she will always be watching over you!!

  9. My deepest condolences go out to the entire Hicks family and to Kristen’s girls you are all in my thoughts and prayers!😭😭 May you rest in peace beautiful lady of grace you were one in a million for sure kristen and will be deeply missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing you.
    I am thinking of you Becky with such a heavy heart I know you saw her thru it all I love ya Beck

    Wendy (haigh) peterson

  10. So sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I can’t imagine losing a daughter. I know she was very special to everyone who knew her. Love and hugs to your family Cheryl Hughey Anderson

    • Barb and Jerry Waldo Kristen was Beautiful inside and out I Loved that young Lady FLY HIGH BEAUTIFUL YOUNG ANGEL . MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYER’S GO OUT TO HER GIRLS AND ALL THE HICKS ,DRAIME,FRIEL AND BECKY”S FAMILIES LOVE ALL YOU GUY’S

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and the coming days. Kristen was so loved and such a strong lady during her fight with this disease. May your memories of Kristen and all the good times, family fun and joy bring some comfort to you now and in the following days.
    Sending our love and hugs, Jan & Dick

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