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Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Memorie Dell Parker Gordon

March 7, 1932January 5, 2020
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Memorie Dell Parker (Gordon)

March 7, 1932 – January 5, 2020

Memorie passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital. She was predeceased by her father, mother and brother.

She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1949 and retired from United States Steel in 1972. She also worked in the offices of Taylor Manor and Mount Carmel Gardens and was a licensed Real Estate Agent.

Memorie was a classically-trained pianist and in the 1950’s had her own radio show on WMBR called “Memories ‘til Midnight where she played easy-listening and classics on the piano.

She competed in the “Miss Jacksonville” pageant in 1952 and competed in 8 National Piano competitions where she was awarded the Superior ranking by the National Guild of Piano Auditions Board. At age 16 she was spotlighted in a solo recital at Friday Musical in Jacksonville.

From age 9 to 25 she played piano for the Murray Hill Presbyterian Church Sunday School and from 20 to 25 was the organist for Murray Hill Presbyterian Church. She also played organ for numerous weddings scanning every denomination.

Memorie’s friends and neighbors will remember her as a beautiful soul who was loving and caring. Her passions were music and books.

A Funeral Mass celebrating her life will take place at 10:00am on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Assumption Catholic Church, 2403 Atlantic Bouelvard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207. The committal service will take place at 12:00pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Evergreen Cemetery, Gate 1, 4535 Main St N, Jacksonville, Florida 32206.

In lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105 - 1-800-822-6344

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville 904-737-7171.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Memorie Dell Parker Gordon

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Sierra Heist

January 18, 2020

Ms. Memorie, you were a wonderful neighbor who became part of our family. We were so fortunate to spend many holidays with you. You truly were one of the kindest souls I have ever known. Rest in Paradise Ms. Mem 🙏✝️

Stephanie Taylor

January 16, 2020

Dear Ms. Memorie, also highly regarded as “Ms. Mem” to us neighborhood kids, was an integral part of my childhood and village growing up. She was our next door neighbor, but more than that she became a part of our family. She was beautiful, had such grace and wisdom that I always looked up to her. I’m thankful that her legacy will live on through not only my life but also my son’s. He had the honor of meeting and getting to spend time with her as well. Ms. Mem, rest in heaven and give my Mammaw and Ms. Judy a big hug for me.

Montelle Trammell

January 15, 2020

Whenever I visited Memorie, whether at home on Rollins Avenue or in the care facility, she always greeted me with a warm smile.
There are so many fond memories - Mikey, her beloved dog, yapping loudly before you had time to knock on the door; Mikey riding in the car on a booster seat so he could see through the window; Memorie telling stories of her childhood and of herself as a young adult. (She was in the Miss Jacksonville Contest and her mother was concerned because she had to wear a bathing suit.) She loved music and books and her home was filled with both. She liked to write poetry and would telephone to ask if I knew a rhyming word.
No matter her age or how she felt, she prided herself on being well -groomed. We would all leave her with the imprint of her lipstick on our faces.
Now we are left with the imprint she made on our lives. Unlike the lipstick, this will never fade. She will be in our hearts forever.

Richard Taylor

January 11, 2020

When my wife, Janet and I moved into our home on Rollins Avenue in the Lakewood neighborhood of Jacksonville in 1993 and met our next-door neighbor, Memorie Gordon, little did we know that Memorie would become a beloved, close member in our family. I believe knowing Memorie has made every one of us appreciate life so much more because of her love, caring and kind nature. We all are thankful for being blessed with Memorie being such a close friend. Rest in Peace, sweet lady, and thanks for the memories.

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