Carolyn “Sue” Parker, age 78, of Kansas, IL passed away at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at The Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care, Terre Haute, IN after a long, hard-fought battle with frontotemporal dementia. She was born on October 30, 1943 in Union Center, IL, the daughter of Roy Clifford Black & Edith Fern Black (Lilly). On April 21, 1962 she married the love of her life, Terry Fredric Parker, in Morris, IL.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 60 years, Terry Fredric Parker of Kansas, IL; children, Charles Rodney Parker (Sherry) of Greenup, IL, Terry Douglas Parker (Lisa) of Kansas, IL; Wendy Sue Fuller (Donovan) of Bigfork, MT; John Wesley Parker (Delana) of Kansas, IL; grandchildren, Dustin Charles Parker (Morgan) of Wahpeton, ND; Hayden Douglas Parker (Chelsey) of Bloomington, IL; Dakotah LeAnn Shelton (Liam) of Fort Riley, KS; Dalton James Parker (Paige) of Toledo, IL; Hampton Allen Parker & Bryce Declan Parker of Kansas, IL; Akaiyan Leigh Fuller & Kinnerly Sue Fuller of Bigfork, MT; great grandchildren, Adalynn, Lucas, & Elliot Parker of Wahpeton, ND; Mason Parker of Bloomington, IL; GraceLynn & Oliver Parker of Toledo, IL; sister in law, DeAnn Parker (Bob Lasley) of Princeton, IN and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings (Leland Black, William (Bill) Reet Black, Mary Morecraft, Virginia Rose Carl, Kenneth Black, Harold Lee Black, Larry Dean Black), and granddaughter, Kintla Leigh Fuller.
Sue was a graduate of Casey High School. She was a beloved wife and stay-at-home mom until her children were in school and then put her caregiving gifts to work as a teacher’s aide to children at Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education.
Sue treasured spending time with her family and hosted countless family events and Sunday/holiday dinners that are precious memories for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed attending church, weekly coffee chats with her friends, arts/crafts, and shopping and operated a resale business (P&S Rummage) in Kansas, IL with her longtime friend Nila Seales. She attended church at Kansas Christian Church in Illinois and United Church of God in West Terre Haute, Indiana.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service at Kansas Christian Church, 101 N. Franklin St., Kansas, IL 61933. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022 at Kansas Christian Church with Pastor Bret Hammond officiating. Burial will follow in the Bean Cemetery, rural Martinsville (Cleone), IL. Flowers may be sent to Kansas Christian Church. (Per CDC Guidelines indoor masks and face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status in the facility. Attendees should also practice social distancing.)
Memorial donations may be made to Kansas Christian Church, 101 N. Franklin St., Kansas, IL 61933 or to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, 2700 Horizon Dr. Suite 120, King of Prussia, PA 19406.
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