OBITUARY

Faye Smock Parker

June 14, 1932April 3, 2021

Faye Smock Parker

June 14, 1932 – April 3, 2021

Romans Chapter 8: 38-39

Averyl Faye Smock Parker (“Faye”) passed away April 3, 2021 at age 88 in Jacksonville FL. She was born June 14, 1932 to Arthur Lee Smock and Cleora Muriel Joy Wheeling of Sharon, PA.

From her baptism, Faye lived her faith through active, life-long participation in the Methodist Church. As a young adult, she contributed her considerable musical talents as a choir member, director, and organist. She was a Sunday School teacher; MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship) youth leader; and camp counselor at Wesley Woods.

At Hickory High School, Faye held class offices and was crowned football queen. She was selected as the only singer to represent her school at the PA Western District Chorus. Faye studied piano for eight years and performed many piano recitals—all memorized.

Faye attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where she sang in the Allegheny Choir and continued to attend the Alumni Chorus reunions for most of her adult life. She graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in sociology.

In 1954, Faye married Lee Wayne Parker, Jr. For the next ten years, she worked in her father’s dry cleaning plant and held secretarial positions as an excellent typist and stenographer. Two children were born: Linda Faye in 1955 and Donald Lee in 1957.

In 1961, with Faye’s support, Lee decided to enter the ministry, and the family moved to Drew University in Madison, NJ. Two more children arrived: Christopher Scott in 1963 and Melanie Joy in 1964.

After Lee was ordained a United Methodist minister, the couple took on the challenge of pastoring churches in Linesville, Edinboro, Pittsburgh, and DuBois, PA. Through all these years, Faye especially enjoyed entertaining church members in her home and participating in music ministry—singing in the choirs and directing hand bells in the Westview UMC, Pittsburgh, and Lakeside UMC, DuBois.

During the 1960s Faye began her career as business educator at Conneaut Area Senior High School, Linesville. After the family’s move to Edinboro, she taught business subjects at General McLane High School while concurrently earning a master’s degree in education at Edinboro State College (now university) in 1976. In these decades of social upheaval, Faye--with her strong sense of fairness and justice—participated in the March for Peace and the Equal Rights Amendment march in Washington, DC.

After the move to Pittsburgh, Faye was employed as a corporate designer, consultant, and trainer for Mellon Bank, Headquarters. These were also traveling years--a John Wesley tour of England; a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Egypt; a trip to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; a cruise to the Bahamas; and a vacation to Jamaica—all with family members.

In 1994, Lee and Faye built their dream home on Lake Bimini in Treasure Lake Resort, DuBois. While Lee soon took on a post-retirement pastoral position at Mount Zion UMC, Faye started her own company, WordWrite, which offered business training courses and manuals.

As the northern winters became tougher for them, Lee and Faye heeded the lure of the “Sunshine State”. They sold their lake house, purchased a condo for the summers in PA, and built a lovely home in Citrus County, Florida. These retirement years were spent taking several cruises: Alaska, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, and two epic Western Carribean voyages. Summers in Pennsylvania were sweet: hosting delicious meals eaten on the patio looking out on the golf course; scoring “goodies” at yard sales; and visiting beloved relatives and friends.

After Lee’s death, Faye and son Christopher relocated to Jacksonville, FL, where they could downsize to apartment living. They were members of the Mandarin UMC.

The second of four exceptional daughters (Muriel, Faye, Gail, and Marjorie), each with her own special gifts and shining personality, Faye was known for her beauty, her elegance, her good taste, her eye for interior decorating, her cooking / baking skills, her professional accomplishments, and her musical talent. She was graceful and athletic and when a girl dreamed of becoming an ice skater like Sonja Henie. She excelled in all her endeavors.

Faye was also beloved for her thoughtfulness and generosity. She never failed to send cards and gifts for all occasions and privately made donations to many charities. She supported family members in their businesses and creative endeavors.

No matter the challenges, which were many, Faye retained her incredible strength, remaining calm and patient, kind and gracious. Everyone who knew her praised her gentle nature, grounded in her faith.

Paul’s words in Romans Chapter 8: 38-39 best sum up her belief--that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Surviving are her four children: Linda Parker (and son-in-law Thomas Reel) of DuBois, PA; Donald Parker (and granddaughter Heather Parker) of Pensacola, FL; Christopher Parker of Jacksonville, FL; Melanie Parker of Orange Park, FL; sister Gail Chaffee of Green Valley, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Faye was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sister Muriel, her sister Marjorie, and sister-in-law Florence Alexander.

Service: Memorial service at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 22, 2021 in Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage, with the Reverend David Coul, officiating.

Condolences may be made for Faye Smock Parker @dignitymemorial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory United Methodist Church.

Services

  • Memorial Service to Celebrate Her Life

    Saturday, May 22, 2021

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Angie Riegsecker

April 18, 2021

Beloved Faye,

Your warmth, wit, intelligence and charm were undeniable. I always appreciated that while we came into your family a little later in life, you always made us (Lucy, Megan, Tommy, and me) feel like your family. I will always treasure our final visit to Florida to see you and Lin over the holiday. I wish we could have seen you more often. I am so grateful to you for the woman you raised, Linda, who has changed my Dad's life and become a second mother to me and an Oma to my daughters. She is your legacy of a life well lived and I promise we will love her now and forever.

Rest in love and peace. I like to imagine you and Lee in a heavenly garden smiling at your reunion.

Love always,

Angie, Tommy, Lucy, & Megan Riegsecker

Leo Pernesky

April 11, 2021

To the Parker family,
Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Faye!
She was a special person who always seemed to have a smile on her face and the sweetest personality!
My family grew to know her through her ministry with Pastor Lee at the Mt. Zion UMC in Du Bois PA. They were by far our favorites!
God truly gained an Angel extraordinaire!
Thoughts, love and prayers to all of you!!!
The Pernesky's (Leo, Stacy, Cassidy and Shad)

Sheryl Underwood Collins

April 11, 2021

I remember especially my time with the Parkers, in younger years growing up. I was always visiting in summers and holidays. My cousin Faye, who was more like my aunt because of our age difference, was always busy taking care of her family and doing church work. She was a wonderful hostess and loved to entertain! In later years we had a common interest as we were both involved in our church’s bell choir! Cousin Faye was the rock holding her family together many times! She will be greatly missed by many people, including me. Sending love and sympathy to the whole family.

Pauline Averill

April 9, 2021

Fay and I shared a love for music and Sonya Heinie. My favorite memory of Fay took place on a mission trip to the Red Bird Mission in Ky. That is when we ''discovered Fay was a "Neatnik". ........she cleaned clean. Our last day at Red Bird she spent most of the day cleaning the camp laundry (it was almost sterile when she was done) and then she scrubbed the floor in our cabin, not once, but 3 times. She was so special to all of us at Mt.Zion

Lori Swope

April 8, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Faye’s entire family!!
Faye was a part of the Mt. Zion family for many years and what a special Christian woman and undeniably a gift from God! Her strong faith, her gentleness, kindness, soft spoken words, and the way she was always thinking of others, is what made Faye so special! She will be missed so very much!
We can feel certain that as Faye entered the gates of Heaven, she heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master's happiness!'
We can only imagine the celebration that Pastor Lee and Faye are having right now!
God Bless! Lori, Amy & Stephanie Swope

Frank and Kathy Foulkrod

April 8, 2021

We have so many wonderful memories of our time with Faye over these many years.

During her time at Mt. Zion, Faye served as a mentor for our younger daughter as well as others of us in the choir, sharing her lovely voice to sing praises to God.

Faye could be counted on to send cards for all occasions. She also took time to visit shut-ins and give encouragement with her quiet voice and loving kindness. She continued to make these visits even after moving to Florida when they would come back here for a visit.

Always the perfect hostess, Faye made our visits with them both at Treasure Lake and Florida very special. Some of our favorite memories are of our times together when we stayed with them in their Florida home.

Our heartfelt sympathy is with Faye's family at this time. Cherish the many precious memories you too have had with your mother.

Lori Swope

April 8, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Faye’s family!! Such a wonderful Christian woman who always was thinking of others! Faye was a special gift from God with her gentle ways and kind words that made her an inspiration to all who knew her! She will be missed so very much! We can be assured that Faye heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things”. Come and share your master's happiness!' We can only imagine the celebration that Pastor Lee and Faye are having! God Bless! Lori, Amy & Stephanie Swope

Christopher Parker

April 8, 2021

My mother Faye Parker was a caring, giving and sharing person who often put other people's needs ahead of her own. She was very reliable and dependable and a very generous person. A loving person, Mom had a big heart. She loved America and loved people from all walks of life. My Mom will be missed a lot.

I love you Ma and I will see you again someday.

Love,

Chris

Angie Hampton

April 7, 2021

My sincerest condolences for the family. May God comfort you with his peace during this time of mourning and loss. Faye was a beautiful generous soul who loved God and her family with all her heart. I was blessed to know her and will miss her until we meet again some day.

Linda Parker

April 5, 2021

My luminous mother, whose spirit shone brightly her entire life:

Thank you for the complete love of your children and making sure we were taken care of up until your final days.

I will always cherish the time I had with you in Jacksonville: The fun of clothes and decor shopping; Sundays attending church and lunches afterward; making you blueberry pancakes for Sunday suppers; sharing commentary on our guilty pleasure shows and "The Crown" series; decorating the apartment for the holidays. Most especially sharing meditations with you as our before bed time ritual. Even working on the endless paperwork. Any time spent with you or anything I could do for you was my greatest honor and joy.

Your strength, courage, and grace under the pressure of so many hardships was amazing to behold.

You "done good," sweet Mother. You are in my heart always.

FROM THE FAMILY