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Margaret J. Parks


1923 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Margaret Jeanette Parks, nee Burns, 89, World War II honoree, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, and was interned with Military Honors Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Margaret was born June 18, 1923, in Macon. After graduating from high school in Macon, Margaret worked as a clerk in the Selective Service office sending letters to notify men they had been drafted. After enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1945, Margaret served as a medical technician in El Paso, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and Denver, Colo. In 1946, Margaret was discharged from the service at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and returned to Missouri. Upon her return to Missouri, Margaret married her high school sweetheart, Bob Parks, who had spent the previous years serving in World War II.

On Oct. 19, 2009, Margaret was honored to be part of the Franklin County Honor Flight. The Honor Flight provides trips for World War II veterans to visit World War II monuments in Washington, D.C.

Margaret was a member of United Methodist Church, Washington, Eastern Star and the Valley of the Meramec DAR chapter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. "Bob" Parks; mother, Mildred Burns; father, William Burns; mother-in-law, Gladys Parks; and father-in-law, Lynwood Parks.

Margaret is survived by her children, Robert and Suzanne Parks, Washington, Paul and Joyce Parks, San Antonio, Texas, Margaret Robin Parks Franz, and Scott and Kathy Parks, all of Edmond, Okla., and Kristin and Todd Owen, Evergreen, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Dawson; one sister-in-law, Mary Lynn Howard; many nieces; nephews; extended family and friends.
Published in The Missourian on June 19, 2013
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