September 22, 1921 – March 6, 2015
Hannah Louise Maples Parks, 93, of Grant, passed away Friday.
Known as Gran Hannah and the “heart” of her family, she was loved and admired for her many talents, along with her strong will and beautiful heart. She tackled any situation head on and was a resourceful problem solver.
In her earlier years she devoted her life to her husband and raising her 3 children who adored her. She always put others before herself virtually every day of her life. She was a devoted wife, mother, and friend. As her family grew with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so did her happiness.
Later in life she worked several jobs outside the home. In her 60’s she earned her GED in order to be promoted to supervisor at GTE. In her 70’s she got her commercial driver’s license to be able to drive the senior citizen van – which she did for many years. In her 80’s she went parasailing and loved it. On her 90th birthday she did her annual 2 mile birthday walk through the neighborhood. That walk included 4 generations of her family. The last 20 years she kept a treadmill in her living room and walked about 40 minutes most days.
As her health declined in her 90’s she moved to Barfield Health Care. There she was loved by all and given 24 hour tender loving care by an amazing staff. Their compassion will never be forgotten.
At the age of 93, Gran Hannah left this life to receive her reward and to be with her lord – the one she served daily throughout her life. She served him by serving all of us.
She is survived by two sons: Johnny W. Parks (Linda), Edwin Parks (Mary Ann), one daughter: Linda Corina, six grandchildren: Wesley Parks, Eden Parks, Rosemary Parks, Gina Lindsey, Laura Harrell, and Stacy Atkenson, six great grandchildren: Wes Parks, Ocllo Parks, Alden Harrell, Hunter Lindsey, Harrison Lindsey, and Haden Lindsey.
She was preceded in death by parents: Charles Malone Maples & Lizzie Craig Maples, her husband: John Parks, eight brothers: Dewey, Edward, Shelby, Ervin, Charlie, Connie, Rayford, and Craig maples and one sister: Gladys Maples Kirkland
Visitation will be Sunday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will follow at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, at 3:00 pm.
Interment will be in the Walker Cemetery.