Aberdeen- Mary Louise Mays Parker, 88, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Mississippi. She was born on February 13, 1933 in Surridge, Arkansas to the late James Lawson and Essie Louise Riggs Mays. On April 3, 1953 she married Jack Clarence Parker. Together, they headed to St. Louis, where Mary would find a fulfilling career in the medical field as a Surgical Technician at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center. Upon retirement she and Jack would settle in Fredericktown, MO. They enjoyed their years and many friends there. For the last 8 years Mary lived in Aberdeen, MS where she attended Aberdeen Church of Christ. During her free time, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing. She was deeply devoted and showed great love to her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She absolutely loved to play board games, cards and dominos with the grands.
She is survived by her daughters, Jackie Allmond (Ernie), Aberdeen, MS and Denise Traw (Jerry) Troy, MO; son, Jim Parker (Stephanie), St. Charles, MO; brother, Walter Mays (Martha), Beverly, OH; grandchildren, Bryan Traw (Katie), Vickie Allmond Beasley (Chuck), Jennie Allmond Brown (Roman), Adam Traw (Kristen), Sam Allmond (Laura), Samantha Allmond Hendrix (Brandon), Jessica Parker and Janet Parker; 18 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, church family and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a son, Dan Parker; and sister, Sue Ella Wilkins.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, July 26, 2021 at Tisdale Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen with Minister Jonathan Hagar officiating. Pallbearers will be Parker Beasley, Sean Potts, Paxton Beasley, Sam Allmond, Brandon Hendrix and Chuck Beasley. The Deacons and Elders of Aberdeen Church of Christ will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
Visitation will be Monday morning at the funeral home from 10 am until 10:45 AM.
A funeral service with burial to follow in the Christian Church Cemetery will take place later in Fredericktown, MO under the direction of Follis and Sons Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Condolences may be shared at tisdalelannmemorialfuneralhome.com.