A memorial for Helen Lynette “Lynn” (Ward) Parks will be held at the Meadowlark Retirement Center Community Room on Saturday at 2 p.m. with a private graveside at Sunrise Cemetery. The Rev. Ben Duerfeldt will officiate.
Mrs. Parks, 87, died peacefully on Monday, August 16, 2010 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, Kansas surrounded by loved ones.
She was born June 5, 1923 on the family farm in New Canton, Ill., the middle child of Giles E. and Gertrude (Haskins) Ward. She attended Brewster Grade School, New Canton Community High School and Western Illinois State Teacher’s College in Macomb, Ill.
She taught first and second grade in New Canton for several years before marrying her high school sweetheart, Charles “Charlie” Elwood Parks.
They were married May 20, 1944 in Montgomery, Ala. while Charlie was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Lynn Parks and her husband made Manhattan, Kan., their home from 1949 to 1973 as Charlie worked for the Kansas State Extension Service and the Department of Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University. They moved to Starkville in 1973 when Charlie became the department head of landscape architecture at Mississippi State University. Charlie retired in 1990 and preceded her in death in 1996.
Lynn was the consummate homemaker and all who knew her share stories of her expertise and enthusiasm for her hobbies of sewing, cooking, entertaining and creating a lovely happy home for her family.
She also was a tireless volunteer, spreading her time in her children’s schools and in her churches. Lynn was an active member at the First United Methodist Church while in Manhattan.
In Starkville, she joined the First Presbyterian Church where she welcomed the children of the church running the cradle roll for 11 years. Lynn regularly baked and delivered her famous banana bread to the elderly through the church outreach program. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Presbyterian Women’s Life Membership Award for her many contributions.
While in Starkville she was an active P.E.O. member and served as a president of the Mississippi State University newcomer’s club.
Mrs. Parks is survived by her daughter, Janis Lynette (Frank) Carpenter of Manhattan, Kan. and by her son, Timothy Charles (Diane) Parks of Vail, Colo. Lynn leaves beloved grandchildren Aaron Carpenter, Ellen Noll, Brian Carpenter, Mary Smith, Jaclyn Parks and Mallory Parks. She is also great grandmother to Parker, Gavin, Clark, Owen, Miles, Lila and the late Graycee Carpenter. Fifteen additional nieces and nephews mourn her passing.
She is also survived by all her siblings: Eloise Bourque of Manhattan, Kan.; Melvin (Anne) Ward of Hull, Il; Bette (Les) Howick of Salt Lake City, Utah and Awana Stauffer of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice House or Meadowlark Hills Foundation both of Manhattan, Kan. or the First Presbyterian Church Bell Tower Maintenance Fund in Starkville. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at: http://www.ymlfuneralhome.com .