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Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Mrs. Gwendelrae Hicks

Mrs. Gwendelrae Hicks

Mrs. Gwendelrae Hicks, Company Founder, Owner, President, CFOP, COO, Scottie Hicks CFOVP, CEO of Northern Star Mortuary Inc.

She received her calling at the age of 16 into the vocation of funeral service and was given a vision of being an owner.  Gwendelrae is a 1998 graduate of the Kansas City Kansas Community College Mortuary Science Program, where she earned an associate degree in Applied Science.  

Gwendelrae was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas.  She attended Kansas State University taking general study courses before moving to Kansas City, Kansas to attend Mortuary School.

She and her husband Scottie Hicks are the founders and 1st generation funeral homeowners of Northern Star Mortuary.  June 21st, 2007 the doors of NSM opened, serving the greater Kansas City metropolitan area for 12 years, October 7th, 2019 the second location was opened in Wichita, Kansas.  

Gwendelrae is passionate about her calling and lives by the four pillars of her company, Knowledge, Passion, Compassion and Faith.    She and the staff of NSM strive to assist and guide families in their time of need


Lamont Martin

Lamont Martin

Lamont Martin is the son of the late James O. and Dorothy Martin, he was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the family moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1968.  Lamont attended the Ingalls Elementary School, Holy Savior School, Truesdell Middle and graduated from Wichita High School South.  Lamont has worked in the medical field for over 25 years.  In 2007 Lamont went to work for Biglow-Bethea Funeral Home for five years, after that partnership was dissolved, Lamont worked for Bethea Funeral Home and Cremations for seven years before resigning from his position as Assistant Funeral Director, which he optained in October of 2017. On October 7th 2019 the lord blessed Lamont with a new position as Named Associate Partner, Assistant Funeral Director and On-Site Manager with Northern Star  Mortuary, Inc.


To God Be the Glory!


Our Motto: Knowledge, Passion, Compassion and Faith


“Family Serving Family, one Family at a Time”



Odell Harris Jr.

Odell Harris Jr.

Pastor/Chaplin

Pastor Harris is a man after the heart of God and he has a heart for the people of God. Born in Prescott, Arkansas and raised in Wichita, Kansas Harris has seen his fair share of life's vicissitudes and he has endured his fair share of grief.  Pastor O.D. (as he is affectionately known) has a lifelong passion for the funeral service ministry. Harris has been involved in the funeral service for the last 15 years, during which time he has grown and fostered many lasting relationships. Pastor Harris is in his 11th year of ministry. Pastor Harris is also in his 5th year as pastor of St. James AME Church in Arkansas City, Kansas and his First year as pastor of Bethel AME church in Hutchinson, Kansas


Pamela Powell

Pamela Powell

Administrative Assistant

Pamela Powell was born in Coffeyville, Kansas and moved to Wichita at the age of 18 yrs. She has been a resident of Wichita for over forty years. Pamela is a member of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Robert Robinson. She had two sons Reginald (deceased) and Jermaine who also lives in Wichita. She is the grandmother of 15 and has 13 Great grandchildren. Pamela enjoys thrift shopping, crafting, making jewelry and just enjoys being with family and friends. Pamela joined the Northern Star Mortuary, Inc. October of 2019.


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