Rena Caroline (Gist) Park (1925 - 2013)

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Rena Caroline Gist Park, 87, of Beardstown, and formerly of Frederick, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

She was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Sioux Township in Sioux County, Iowa, the daughter of Frederick C. and Della Caroline Clardy Gist. She married James Laurel Park on Jan. 27, 1946, at First United Methodist Church in Beardstown, and he preceded her in death in January 1984.

Surviving are her children, Jim (wife, Debbie) Park of Astoria, Hank (wife, Ann) Park of Beardstown, Chuck (wife, Sally) Park of Hilton Head, S.C., and Kathy Park (Richard Anderson) of Beardstown; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Lola Frances Foltz and Ethel Pearl Cannavan; five brothers, William Burgess "Bill," Joseph Irvin "Joe," Charles Frederick "Junior," Alvin Leonard, and Jack Richard (surviving wife, Mary) Gist of Beardstown; and her Uncle and Aunt, LaMont and Rena Gist, who raised her.

Rena graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1944. She worked as a CNA at Culbertson Hospital in Rushville and later served as postmistress of Frederick Post Office, a position from which she retired. During her years of living in Frederick, Rena was a member of Frederick Christian Church, Frederick Household Science Club, and served for many years as an election judge. Rena enjoyed gardening and canning, working jigsaw puzzles, reading and attending the Spoon River Drive.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial will be at Messerer Cemetery in Frederick. The family will meet with friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home Friday. Memorials have been suggested to Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post 1239 or Messerer Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at
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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Mar. 5, 2013
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