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Barbara Parks, of Palm City, FL (a former resident of Monmouth County, NJ and Canton, GA), went home to be with the Lord on her 82nd birthday, September 7, 2016. She was surrounded by her adoring family. She was born on September 7, 1934, in Jersey City, NJ, where she attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School, St. Michael’s High School, and St. Francis School of Nursing. She married her beloved husband, Richard “Dick” Parks, in 1954. She was a woman of devout Catholic faith. As the matriarch of her family, Barbara served as a loving, supportive, confidant to her husband, children, and many, many friends. Her selfless attitude and witty personality brightened every room she entered. Barbara handled all obstacles in life with dignity and grace, even during her final days.  

Throughout their early marriage, Barbara and Dick raised their 6 children in many locations in the US, before transferring to London, England in 1970. As her husband’s job required much travel, Barbara served as the pillar of the family through her strength and guidance. One year later, she expertly spearheaded the family’s next move to the Netherlands. During her time in Europe, she was an active member of the American Women’s Club in London & The Hague.

After her children were grown, Barbara and her husband retired to Florida where she discovered her love of golf and country club activities, especially bridge. She was a member of Aberdeen Golf & Country Club, Willoughby Golf Club, and Monarch Country Club. She also spent that time accumulating many wonderful memories while traveling the world with her family and close friends. Her fondest were of the summer vacations on the shores of Lough Corrib and the house overlooking the Oughterard Golf Course in County Galway, Ireland.

Besides her loving husband of 62 years, she is survived by her children: Jim, his wife Tracy; Donna Bennett, her husband Bruce; Brian, his wife Janie; Karen Waldman, her husband Dan; Ellen Nolen, her husband Tim; and Susan Rosseel, her husband Steve.  She also leaves behind her grandchildren: Bruce Bennett (Kelly); Justin Bennett (Kim); Tyler Bennett (Dana); Shannon Parks; Kristen McClintock (James); Ali Andryca (Mike); Ryan Aulson; Brendan Parks; Caroline Nolen; Patrick Nolen; and 4 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, William & Helen Davis, and her granddaughter, Emily Parks.
A service will be held at St. James Church, Red Bank, at 10:30am on September 19, 2016. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The American Cancer Society in Barbara’s memory.
Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740