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Doris White Parks

Former Goreville resident Doris White Parks, 90, of Austin, TX, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019, of congestive heart failure.

She was born November 10, 1928, in St. Anne, IL, the daughter of Ralph and Clara White. Doris married Francis Leo Parks in 1954. He preceded her in death March 3, 2009.

Doris graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in 1949. She served as a nurse for 45 years in Illinois at the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration, Presence St. Mary's Hospital and Riverside Medical Center. She also served as village treasurer for Union Hill, IL, where she lived for more than 30 years. She enjoyed genealogy, reading, traveling, camping, gardening and cooking for family gatherings.

Surviving is her son, Leo (Glenn) Parks, Austin, TX; sister, Alice (David) Tower, Seymour, TN; brother, Leonard (Evelyn) White, Cornell, MI; and sisters-in-law, Shirley White, Bark River, MI, Violet St. Aubin, Warrenton, MO, and Verla Parks, Geneva, IL. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; son, Joel Parks; and brothers, Richard White and Wayne White.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service and picnic will be held 12:30 PM May 25th at Webb Cemetery east of Goreville, IL. Family and friends are welcome.

Doris loved ice cream. In lieu of flowers, please take your family and friends out for a cone and share a few memories.

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Aunt Doris' smile would brighten anyone's day. Cherished memories of 'summer camp' at your house in Union Hill will warm my heart forever. Because of your loving spirit, I learned how to swim, treasured trips to the little market to get a sweet treat, bonded with family, learned that I used to whistle in church as a child and yes, the famous tea popsicle! You will never be forgotten and hold a piece of my heart forever. Love, Phyllis

Phyllis Hart May 17 2019 2:47 PM

Eating ice cream and remembering good family times. May peace be with you.

Art Morrical May 15 2019 2:11 PM

Aunt Doris iced tea popsicles are legendary! Her loving heart showed me the type of person I aspire to be. She got me hooked on the treasure hunt of genealogy. She will forever hold a special place in my heart. Lovingly, Ruth

Ruth Smith May 15 2019 12:42 AM

Aunt Doris introduced me to Ice Tea Popsicles, Peanut Butter Pie and hosted some of the best Summertime gatherings of my youth. Her Spirit will continue to Bless me and all who knew her. Having a butterscotch sundae in your honor, with much love... Ricky

Rick White May 14 2019 10:02 PM

will be sadly missed

alice and david tower May 7 2019 3:30 AM

Leo, I am so sorry for your loss. You were the apple of her eye. I was gonna call her last week and even thought about it this morning. I had a hip replaced and under the weather. I will say prayers of comfort and peace for y'all. Your dad and mom were the BEST neighbors Mary Hopkins

Tom & Mary Hopkins May 3 2019 8:09 PM