Gwendolyn Mabelle Parks of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away at the age of 87 at CRMC in Coffeyville on April 13, 2019.
Emmett and Marie (Barnhart) McGuire received a blessing, of a daughter from the Lord on May 5, 1931 when Gwen was born in Cherryvale, Kansas. Gwen was surrounded by her siblings, Larry, Bob, Gerald, Ted, Karen, Marilyn, Bonita and Kay growing up in Cherryvale where together they attended a small rural school. Gwen graduated from Cherryvale High School in 1949. Soon after graduation she married, Lawrence Gene Parks on August 6, 1949. Together they made their home in Cherryvale raising their two boys. In 1974 the couple moved to Coffeyville.
Gwen always sets about her work vigorously, extended her arms to help everyone she met. She had a heartwarming smile and a gentle spirit that provided comfort and warmth. Her servant's heart enjoyed teaching children's Sunday school class and helping people. Gwen's greatest down fall, was that she didn't accept help well, she would rather give it than receive it. Her husband had full confidence in her, and valued her dedication to him and in raising their boys. That was what she considered to be the most important job of her lifetime. She was also employed outside the home, for a number of years she worked at the Lee garment factory in Cherryvale. Changing employers she started working for Vallis Wngroff Business Forms Inc., in Cherryvale in the plate press room manufacturing checks for area banks. After retirement she could often be found visiting friends, family and church members in the hospital or nursing homes. If volunteering could have been a career she would have been considered a lifetime employee. She was member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville.
Gwen's life was worth far more than rubies to her two sons, Roger Parks and wife Edna, and Stephen Parks; and her grandchildren, Ryan Parks his wife Beth, Stacy and her husband Ryan Hightower, and 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Larry McGuire, Gerald McGuire and wife Lavern; sister's, Karen Lassman, Marilyn and husband Dan Dawson; sister in law, Myrna McGuire; brother in law, Chet Mishler.
In addition to her husband and parents, Gwen was preceded in death by her brothers, Bob and Ted McGuire, sisters, Bonita Mishler and Kay Williams.
Services honoring her for all that her hands have done, will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas at 1:00 pm, with Pastor Budge Riekman of First Southern Baptist Church officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Fairview Cemetery in Cherryvale, Kansas. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm at the Chapel. Gwen and Gene had a passion for Weir Baptist Church Camp and the family has requested that memorials be made payable to the camp and may be left in care of chapel. To leave a message of condolence for the family visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com
Looked so much like her mother, Marie. Sweet family. Loved and followed the Lord Jesus faithfully.
Lex FoxSpringfield, MO
Roger and Steve: I was saddened to see that your Mother has passed away. I know she's with Gene and all their friends are having a gay old time. Your folks were so nice to our children throughout the years when they lived across the road from us. I got a kick out of seeing your Mom and Mrs. Carr enjoying the wading pool at Winsor Place (in their monthly newsletter). I'll always remember your Mom's laugh and your Dad's stories. Neil and Darla sends their sympathies.
Dale and Joan DarbyCoffeyville, KS
Roger - I was one of your classmates in Class of 68. I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing but glad to know that she left you and your family with many years of love and wonderful memories.
Deb Hanchett-AdamsHakalau, HI
My wife Rowena and I count it a joy and privilege to have known Gwen and serve alongside her when I was pastor of Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville 1989-2011.
May the God of all comfort and strength, comfort each member of the family and friends. We praise our Lord for the living hope we share through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless!
Pastor Wayne and Rowena MartinPocahontas, AR
My Aunt Gwen was a very loving aunt. I always enjoyed our visits with her as a young girl. When I had children of my own, we took them to visit Uncle Gene and Aunt Gwen and they both loved on my oldest daughter during our visit. I will miss Aunt Gwen very much. Her warm smile and warm hug and soft voice have a special place in my memories. Diana McGuire Rilloraza
Diana RillorazaOntario, CA
GWEN WAS A VERY SPECIAL LADY, She will be missed by all who new her. I worked with her at Vallis and she always had a smile for everyone. My heartfelt condolences to her family.
Martha BlairCherryvale, KS
Sad to lose her gentle spirit but happy that she's reunited with Gene, my folks and all their friends. The stories they will all share. Roger and Steve and family my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
David PerkinsNorwood, MA
I wish to express my sympathy for the passing of Mrs. Parks. She and her husband lived across the street for many years when my brother lived there. They were their also when we bought the hose we live in now. She was a very nice Christian lady who was liked by everyone that knew her . I am so sorry that she has passed away . She and her husband were always nice to me ! I will have Steve and his family in my prayers .
Lanny W EubanksCoffeyville, KS