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Jeanette Mary "“Parky”" Dodge Obituary
SENECA, S.C. – Jeanette "Parky" Mary Dodge passed Oct. 14, 2013, in Seneca, S.C. She was born Nov. 15, 1921, in St. Charles to John Griggs and Clara Charlotte (Nielsen) Parquette; great-granddaughter to Ephriam and Sarah Perkins, one of first three families settling St. Charles in 1835 after a wagon journey from New Hampshire.

She was a graduate of Chicago Cook County School of Nursing; earned a BS in journalism and master's degree in English from the University of Illinois; was an RN at Chicago's Cook County Hospital, Urbana's McKinley Hospital and Rushville's Culbertson Memorial Hospital; Bradley University English Department faculty member from 1966 to 1983 and Academic Advisement Coordinator from 1972 to 1983.

She was a lector at St. Mark's Parish, Peoria and St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Seneca, S.C.; first president of St. Mark's Coordinating Council, Peoria; secretary for two years at Diocesan Pastoral Council; and member for 25 years at Peoria Cursillo in Christianity.

She was an orchid grower for 40 years; organizer of the Peoria Orchid Society; organizer at Blue Ridge Orchid Society, South Carolina; tour guide for the Pettengill-Morron House and Peoria Historical Society; building committee member at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Seneca, S.C. She also authored "Seven Cats Named Spot," 2008; "Song of I Am," 2009, and "The Key, The Magic Mirror and the Topaz Ring," 2011 (Amazon). She was the silver medal winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, 2011.

She married Jay True Dodge of Rushville on Aug. 21, 1948, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Champaign. He survives with eight children, James True (Constance) of Atlanta, Ga., Laura Dodge Havran (Richard) of Peoria, Mary Pat Dodge Heintzman (Michael) of Salem, Ore., Cynthia Dodge Smith (Michael) or North Bend, Wash., Rebecca Dodge Mollet (Arthur, deceased) of Escondido, Calif., Susan Dodge Cassidy (Lewis) of Bluemont, Va., Jay Michael Dodge (Diana) of Peoria, Rachel Dodge Miller (Kevin) of Morton; 13 grandchildren, James Patrick Dodge, Andrew Havran (Marie), Lisa Wink (Brian), and Margaret Havran, Jonathon, Rebecca and Joseph Heintzman, Dylan Dodge Cassidy, William and Anthony Dodge, Jay True, Emelia, and Finn Miller; one sister, Dorothy Scott (Bob) of St. Charles; four great-grandchildren, Morgan and Adam McClain, Reagan Mary Havran and Cora Leigh Wink; grandson, Brian Dodge; and two sisters, Caroline Littlejohn and Olive Brock, preceded in death.

The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Seneca, S.C., followed by a reception. Memorials can be made to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Building Fund, 170 Bountyland Road, Seneca, SC 29672, or The Cursillo in Christianity, 401 NE Madison Ave., Peoria, IL 61603. Burial is at Bethany Cemetery, Rushville, Ill.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.davenportfuneralhome.com. Davenport Funeral Home, P.O. Box 462, Walhala, SC 29691, is in charge of the arrangements. For information, call 864-638-3611 or visit www.davenportfuneralhome.com.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Oct. 22, 2013
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