“Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for your professional, compassionate spirit at my grandfather, T. G’s, funeral. I remember when you buried my grandmother 25 years ago (I was 7!), and your smiling face is just the same. The professionalism of your staff will always stand out in my mind when I remember this time. That is a precious gift. Thank you.
— M. D.
Margaret M. Parks
August 13, 1919 - January 02, 2013
Margaret Marie Parks, age 93, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at her home. She was born August 13, 1919 to Margaret Schori Duffy and John Q. Duffy in Wilmington, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jack Q. Duffy.
Margaret is survived by her devoted husband of 71 years, Frank “Toop” Parks; her loving daughters, Carolyn (Robert) Parks Baitinger and Phyllis (Neal) Parks MacDonald; her three wonderful grandchildren, Maureen (Brad) MacDonald Stein, Brian (Patricia) MacDonald and Barbara Baitinger Lantz; her five special great-grandchildren, Emily Lantz, Austin Stein, Sydney MacDonald, Tyler Stein and Colin MacDonald.
Margaret attended Plainfield Grade School and Plainfield High School for 3 years. She graduated from Joliet Township High School in June of 1937 and then went to Joliet Junior College, graduating in 1939. She completed her bachelor’s degree from NIU in 1964.
She began her teaching career in the fall of 1939 in a one room school house in Wilmington until her marriage to Frank on August 23, 1941. She returned to teaching in 1951 at Plainfield District 202 where she taught 4th, 6th, and 8th grades until retiring in 1971.
Marge resided in Plainfield until 2003, when she and Frank moved to Joliet. She was a lifelong member of Plymouth Congregational Church. She was also a member of Chapter DS of PEO, Delta Kappa Gamma teaching sorority, and the Louis Joliet Chapter of DAR. She was also a longtime member of the Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.
To her grandchildren and great grandchildren she was “Mimi” and she never passed the opportunity to hug them.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 6, 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Plainfield, and again on Monday, January 7, 10:00 until 11:00 AM. Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Bill Beagle, officiating. Interment will follow at Plainfield Township Cemetery.
For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to the life of Margaret Parks, memorials to Plymouth Congregational Church, PO Box 386, Plainfield, IL 60544 would be greatly appreciated.