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Parks, Annette

d. April 24, 2012

Annette L. Parks, age 73, of Athens, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center with her family by her side.

Annette was born December 14, 1938 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of James and Lucille (Wiker) Bryant. She married Kenneth E. Parks, Sr. on December 31, 1956 in Petersburg, Illinois.

Annette was employed as a Public Service Administrator for the Illinois Department of Transportation for over 39 years. She was of the Athens United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her grandson James E. Harvey and a brother John Bryant.

Surviving are her beloved husband of 55 years, Kenneth E. Parks, Sr. of Athens; two children, daughter Vickie (husband Terry) Harvey of Springfield, son, Kenneth E. Parks, Jr. of Florida; and three grandchildren, Christopher & Catherine Harvey and Cassie Hornstein; and one brother, James Bryant of Missouri.

Visitation will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home, where friends may call from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Friday, April 27, 2012. Funeral services will be held there at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Rev. Jarrett Wells officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Memorial contributions can be made to Athens United Methodist Church.


  1. I am sorry to hear of the passing of Annette. I was the Bureau Chief of Construction in District 2, Dixon several years and talked to Annette several times over the phone and got to meet a few times on trips to the Central Office. It was always good to hear her friendly voice. She was a great help to people in the districts. Our eldest daughter is Tammy Annette, so there was something else we had in common. May God’s blessings be with you. Daryl Stienstra, retired

  2. Dear Ken and Family, So sorry to hear about Belle (as Ed “Woody” Woodman called her). An early memory of working with her in the Bureau of Construction came in my first year there. In the summer of 1970, she pretended to be my secretary and called my girl friend who was working for the Secretary of State in an office downtown and arranged for a lunch date. Happy to say that girl friend became my wife. Norma and I will be married 41 years this June. Annette was a special person and will missed.

    God bless, Tony & Norma Durbin, Taylorville, IL

  3. I worked at IDOT with Annette. She was a wonderful lady and always so helpful. May God bless all of you at this difficult time. I am sure she is at home with her God. Linda Lehnert, Springfield

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