|Mildred E. Parker
February 1, 1923 - September 26, 2020
Mildred E. Parker, 97, of Ormond Beach, FL, formerly of Culver, passed away September 26, 2020.
She was born to James and Mabel (Tally) Green in Marshall County, Indiana. After graduating high school, Mildred was married to Morgan Parker, who preceded her
in death. Together they had three children: Steven Parker of Culver, Jim (Shirley) Parker of Knox, and Bonnie (Steve) Carle of Ormond Beach, FL. She is also
survived by 3 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
Mildred's granddaughter says of her "Our parents give us life.
Our grandparents give us a sense of who we are and where we came from. They assume the responsibility of passing on to us the history of who we are and in return
they get the privilege of enjoying and participating in our lives without the restrictions of parenthood.
Today, as we said goodbye to Grandma Parker, or mamo as she always was to me, I have to acknowledge how incredibly lucky I have been to have had her as such
an integral part of my entire life and in our home for her final years.
It is a rare privilege to have had such a close relationship that was so essential in my life, but Mamo was exceptional. She had more interest and appreciation for her
family and their lives than any other grandmother I’ve ever known.
I spent most of my school breaks with her enjoying Culver and spending time with my family that I missed living in another state.
She loved her sons, my Uncle Jim & Uncle Steve, she’d go trapping with them, mushrooms hunting or fishing – and she made sure to share that love with me by having
me do those things with them too.
She wanted me to know and love my family and Culver. She loved lake Maxinkuckee – she took me there every summer. And in her final days she would look at the
cup my cousin Shelly sent her that said Lake Maxinckukee on it and light up and tell me she was home.
Mamo’s main goal was to show her family the love and connections that her mother had. When I was very little my Grammy Green was the matriarch of the family and
everyone went to her house for holidays. Grammy passed away when I was eight, and from then on mamo spent every holiday trying to bring all the family together at
her house to keep the unity and love we felt in grammy’s house alive.
She went to my cousins swim meets and football games and when she retired to Florida she bragged about her great grandkids back home and their activities like
cheerleading and being in the parades she loved. She was at my wedding to my husband Will. She was proud of my husband Will and saved his programs from his
paramedic graduation. She was there when my kids were born. She was there in person whenever possible and in spirit when she couldn’t be.
She wasn’t always able to be with everyone all the time, but she kept all the latest pictures and articles of everyone in her family displayed so she could brag about
them to company and feel close to them when she missed them.
Even though I grew up farther away, as a child, I still spent more time with mamo then most grandchildren get to – to the point where I looked like a spoiled mamo’s girl.
I was. She spoiled me with love every chance she got, and taught me how to balance that with responsibilities while we did it. We’d mow the pasture in the morning
and still make time for a picnic at the lake in the afternoon. She taught me that being spoiled was having unconditional love that was always there through work and
From our grandparents, we expect to learn where we come from, our history and who we are, mamo made sure we knew we were valued and loved..
Mamo taught me to appreciate the value within things. She loved her pets and taught me to do the same. She loved nature and treasured the simple things like roots
and shells Uncle Steve carved for her. She spent hours admiring the stitching and details in the quilts my mother Bonnie made her. She taught me there was beauty
and love in the simple things.
She is so much a part of who I am that even though I knew she would one day leave us, I’ll never be without her.
She shaped who I am. You shaped who my children will be. She influenced all of us so greatly.
And I know we will miss you every day of our lives."
Private services will be held.