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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On November 9, 2020 @ 1:03 pm In Obituary | 3 Comments

Mary Helen Parker

Mary Helen (Manias) Parker was born October 11, 1929 in Peoria, Illinois. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where she met her future husband, Charles Wolcott Parker II, who was always called “Wally.” They were married in Peoria on December 27th in 1948 and their daughter, Cynthia Jean, was born the following November. The couple lived in Peoria until 1960 when they moved to Beloit, Wisconsin.

As a young woman, Mary Helen was a photographer’s and fashion model who won national beauty contest and was crowned “Sky Queen” in Dallas, Texas in 1948. In later life she became an accomplished paralegal as well as being a wife and mother who volunteered at the hospital and her daughter’s school and enjoyed acting in the community theater.

Having an adventurous spirit, the Parkers took up residence in Monterrey, Mexico in 1966 where Wally became a marketing executive for the Mexican conglomerate Fabricación de Máquinas. Moving back to the States in 1971 they lived in Los Angeles California for five years and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona to be near Cynthia and her two granddaughters, Kristin and Erin. In 2007, Erin married Gabriel Abril and they have two sons, Landon and Levi.

Mary Helen was always devoted first and foremost to her family. She left us in body on November 3, 2020 but not in spirit. We miss her very much but will never forget her love and kindness.

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Condolences for the family of “PARKER, MARY HELEN”

Condolence from Michael A. Manias on November 17th, 2020 10:35 pm

I am sorry for your loss. I am even more sorry that the lives of John (my dad) and his two sisters were so irrevocably damaged so many year ago.

I have found memories of Aunt Mary Helen and Uncle Wally from childhood. My only wish is that the three siblings are finally at peace together!

Condolence from (John) Gordon Manias on November 18th, 2020 7:26 am

So sad to hear this news. I remember those trips to Peoria and living at the Motor Lodge for a while, driving Grandma nuts playing with the fish in the lobby. Mary Helen always seemed to such a light spirit about her whenever I had the occasion to be around her. Though it’s been many years since the last time I saw her, she will be missed by me. A brother has said it’s the end of any era. I agree. Condolences and best wishes for all the family.

Condolence from Melinda Corea on November 19th, 2020 3:29 am

My deepest sympathies to the family and all who loved my Aunt Mary Helen. As the second oldest child of my father John, Aunt Mary Helen’s only and younger brother, I have very fond memories of my stunningly beautiful Aunt and Uncle Wally and Cynthia, both from Peoria and when they visited our family in Colorado Springs. I remember we would play in the front yard of Aunt Mary Helen’s house with the neighborhood kids until dark.
When I was younger I always envied Cynthia being an only child and having the undivided attention of her parents. I used to sit quietly when Aunt Mary Helen and Uncle Wally were talking with my parents and soak up every word. I was aware at a very young age of how intelligent Aunt Mary Helen was, which is a trait shared by the Manias siblings.
I, too, pray my Dad is hanging with his awesome sisters in Heaven knowing that all is forgiven and all that remains is the precious love they have for each other. May God Bless Aunt Mary Helen and all our extended family.

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