Mary E. Parks

MCFARLAND-Mary E. Parks, age 74, of McFarland, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 9, 1938, in Portage, the daughter of James Mills and Annabelle Miller.

Mary married Thomas Parks on May 9, 1959, in Madison. She worked at the Department of Public Instruction as an Educational Specialist for 47 years. Mary was a wonderful mom, wife, sister, grandma, and great-grandma.

She is survived by her children, Robin Parks of Madison, Karile (John) Johnston of McFarland, and their children, Dalton Johnston of McFarland, Nicholas Wing and his daughter Isabella Wing of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Christopher Parks-Johnston of Waunakee, and Alexander (Megan) Johnston and their daughter Kylie Johnston of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Marylin Mills. She was preceded in death by son, Thomas Jr.; her husband, Thomas; her parents; and brother, Anthony Mills.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, with Regina Robinson Gabba presiding. A luncheon will follow the service at the funeral home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday.

The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Mary's Hospital for their wonderful care of Mary as well as special neighbors, Marv and Betty Meyers, Debbie and Gary Hicks, and Tom and Vicky Fritz of McFarland. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420

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