Services for Myrene Page Parker will be 10 a.m., Wed., Aug. 18, 2010 at Blue Starr Church of Christ. A service in Grove, Oklahoma will be 2:30 p.m., Wed. afternoon at Grove Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Olympus Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Tues. from 12 to 8 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Myrene passed away on Sat. August 14, 2010. She was 90.
Born on Jan. 5th, 1920 to Clarence Edward “Pete” and Anna (Covey) Williams, Myrene received her education in both Arkansas and Oklahoma. She graduated from Grove High School in1937 and continued her education at Harding College in Searcy, Ark., graduating in 1941. Following her schooling, Myrene worked for the State Department in Washington D.C. While on a trip back to Grove, she and high school classmate James William “Jim” Parker became reacquainted. On Aug. 31, 1944 they were married in a Washington DC ceremony. The couple eventually returned to Grove and three children blessed their union.
Owners of a wholesale oil and gas company, Jim and Myrene shared the day-to-day responsibilities. She was in charge of taking orders and doing the bookwork, tasks that could be completed in conjunction with all that she did as a mother and homemaker. In 1977 the company was sold allowing Myrene and Jim time to travel the country in their RV. When not on the road, Myrene enjoyed tending to her flowers including the many roses, which thrived under her care.
Her gentle touch extended outside the confines of her flower garden. Myrene was a true servant of her Lord, acting on His behalf to touch the lives of others. She truly cared for others whether it be her own family or those in the nursing home for whom she provided comfort and friendship. For many years she cleaned the church building every Saturday morning, welcomed Hope Harbor children into her home during the summer months and exhibited countless other examples of selfless service, never expecting nor desiring recognition for her efforts.
Always a true lady, Myrene was recognized for her striking beauty which mirrored the true inner beauty that those who knew her appreciated so much. She was always neat and attractive but was much more interested in looking for the good in others. Despite serious health challenges, Myrene faithfully worshipped at church services as often as possible. She refused to miss out on any of life’s opportunities.
Revered mother, grandmother, sister and constant friend, Myrene is survived by her daughters, Jane Hecker and husband, Mark, of Gilbert, Ariz., Kathy Isom and husband, Greg, of Tulsa and Patti Lehman and husband, Dave, of Claremore; grandchildren Kyle Hecker of Durango, Colo., Krista Shindledecker and husband, Josh of Gilbert, Amanda Isom and Jeff Isom of Tulsa, Brian Lehman and wife, Ashley of Springdale, Ark., Melissa Mills and husband, Matt of Stillwater, Okla., and William Lehman and wife, Sara of West Sacramento, Calif.; great-grandchildren Joelle Isom, Bennett Lehman, Gunnar Shindledecker and Tucker David Mills; her sisters Martha Adair of Searcy, Ark., and Mary Dell Buffington of McCalla, Ala. and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her treasured husband of nearly 64 years, Jim Parker, who passed away in 2008.