Mary Jane "Mary Mae" Parker, 86, of London, was born July 14, 1926, the daughter of the late Sherman "Lonnie" and Ethel Mae Cochenour Parker.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Mackey, Hubert and Lonnie "Butch" Parker; sisters, Debbie Bussey and infant sister Dolly Mae Parker; great-nephew, Michael David Smith Jr.; special family friends, Dottie Smith and Dorothy Ellis.
She is survived by brother-in-law, Paul Bussey; nieces, Arlene (Dave) Morrow, Lavonda (Bobby) Long, Paula Bussey, April (Chris) LeMaster; great-nieces and nephews, Candice Dillon, Becky (Nate) Mohler, David (Tangie) Smith, Sarah (Mitchell) Burton, Deanna Smith (Jennifer Travis), Alex (Stephanie Roberts) LeMaster, Lauren Morrow, Jordan Long, Nathan LeMaster, Courtney LeMaster, Jacob Long; numerous great-great-nieces and nephews; special family friends, JR Rice, Roberta Smith, Joyce Smith and Mike and Rita Smith.
Aunt Mary Mae went gracefully to be with her Lord at 4:05 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013 surrounded by her family.
Mary Mae lived a good life. Though she may never have had a lot she held what she possessed dearly. She may never have held the world but she held the hearts of many. She was always ready with a smile and her laugh was contagious. She was a hard worker whether it be in the garden or with the animals. Mary Mae loved her rabbits and her crazy goat 'Hector,' her dog 'Duke' and all of her brats.
She was affectionately called the "Neighborhood Babysitter."
Mary Jane was much more than aunt. She played many many roles in our lives, she stayed strong and steadfast through tough times and held our hands through good times. She never complained or let us see her worried. She enjoyed her records, puzzles and soap operas and later in life discovered she was quite the jewelry maker.
Beading was her enjoyment when she wasn't playing Bingo or playing tricks and picking on the nurses and aides at the Arbors at London.
She attended church regularly and held dear this verse: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live, I will sing praise to my God while I have my being, May meditation be sweet to Him, I will be glad in the Lord. Psalms 104: 33-34
Her love for her Savior got her through cancer twice and the loss of her loved ones. Mary Mae Parker was a gift to all of us. She will be deeply missed by the Miller, Sullivant, Nobel, and Mercer families and the staff at Arbors at London.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Arbors at London and the ER staff at Madison County Hospital. For any who met her felt her compassion for life.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Newport Church of Christ in Christian Union. Reverend Gordon Ell and Reverend Bill Crowe will be officiating.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RADER-LYNCH & DODDS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, 124 E. High St., London.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.rldfuneralhome.com.