Emma M. Parks

Born: Fri., Feb. 8, 1935
Died: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 29, 2018
Location: Church Of The Nazarene

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Dec. 30, 2018
Location: Church Of The Nazarene

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Emma Marie Parks, age 83, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  She was born on February 8, 1935 in Detroit, IL to Charles Gay and Lela May Benjamin Shipley.  She married William Parks in Norfolk, VA on August 10, 1953, and he survives.  

Emma attended Milton High School.  She went on to work as a waitress at various local restaurants, including the Cardinal Inn and the Red Dome.  She dearly loved her customers and they loved her.  Emma was a grain and livestock farmer alongside of her husband for many, many years.  She was a longtime member of the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene. In earlier years, Emma enjoyed working in her vegetable garden and canning.  She also loved her flower garden and spending time tending to her flowers.  She liked baking and cooking, and enjoyed entertaining guests at their home.  Anytime there was a friend in need, she enjoyed taking food that she prepared.  She also loved attending all of the events her grandchildren and great grandchildren were involved in.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bill; a son, Rick (Trisha) Parks of O’Fallon, IL; a daughter, Tammy (Ron) Dunham of Pittsfield, IL; a son-in-law. Jeff Kistner of Omaha, NE; six grandchildren, Brooke (Kevin) Banning, Tyson (Lindsay) Dunham, Caleb Kistner, Makenzie Parks, Olivia Parks, and Reagan Parks; five great grandchildren; a sister, Jean (Gary) DeSpain of Carlinville, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Linda Kistner; and her siblings, Harold Shipley, Paul Shipley, Don Shipley, Ray Shipley, Judy DeSpain, and Juanita Shipley in infancy.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene.  Memorials are suggested to the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene or Donor’s Choice.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Emma's memory to the following organizations:

Donor's Choice

Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene

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Nancy (Walston) Kindle
   Posted Fri December 28, 2018
Bill an family I am so sorry for your loss . Thinking of you all in your time of sorrow.

Vicki Doebelin
   Posted Fri December 28, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Sympathy to you and your family.
Darrell and Vicki Doebelin

Mark Oberhauser
   Posted Fri December 28, 2018

TABLE BASKET was sent by Metro East Fellowship of Christian Athletes .

Prayers and Support to your family during this time. -John 14:1-3- Love, Metro East Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Rick & Cheryl Marteeny
   Posted Fri December 28, 2018
Rick, so sorry to hear about your mother. Please know you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. God Bless.

Lisa Fish
   Posted Sat December 29, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss, Prayers for you all.

John Dahlke, Evergreen Park, Il
   Posted Sat December 29, 2018
I know your hearts are heavy because you will miss Emma but be happy for her knowing she is at peace with our Heavenly Father, Jesus. The Holy Spirit and all the angels and saints.

Mary Lea Prentice
   Posted Sat December 29, 2018
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Emma was a beautiful woman both inside and out. Those grandchildren and great grandchildren will have many memories.

Janet Fesler Martin
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
Bill and family...so sorry for your loss. Emma was a sweet lady. Bill, I always enjoyed our visits. Prayers for you and your family.

Billbe with youa d & Virginia Bender
   Posted Mon December 31, 2018
Our deepest sympathy, Emma was a beautiful person. Heaven has another beautiful angel. May God be with you and yours.

Gregg and Michelle Oneal
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. We enjoyed chatting with Emma when she visited O'Fallon. Such a sweet lady!

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