Evelyn J. Parke

After 88 years of a blessed life, Evelyn J. Parke, was called home on Aug. 31, 2013. She passed peacefully in her sleep at her home in Montoursville, Pa.

She is survived by her sister, Madeline Bachle, of Milton; her sons, Wayne (Ann) Parke, Glenn (Jean) Parke, and Dale (Christine) Parke; her daughter, Susan (P. Daniel) Damaska; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Wagner, Joshua Parke, Denise Fuller, Lance Parke, Kendra Parke, Samuel Damaska, and Jamie Shipe; five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents, Willard D. and Beatrice (Reeder) Fry; sisters, Rosella Miller and Thelma Parke; brothers, Dale Fry, and Dean Fry, and by a grandson, Jason Parke. She spent 51 years happily married to the love of her life, John H.H. Parke who predeceased her on Sept. 12, 1993.

A longtime member of The Church of the Good Shepherd, she walked daily with the Lord. Among many things she enjoyed reading, knitting, gardening and the outdoors. But most of all she loved to laugh with her family and friends. She was an example to everyone that strong faith, hard work, unconditional love, and forgiveness are the keys to a life well lived. With her quiet strength and loving heart she took care of us all. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 827 Good Shepherd Road, Montoursville, on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Lauri A. Kerr officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.