Opal Inez Parks, known to all as Inez, of Freeburg, IL, formerly St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Freeburg on February 10, 2018, having reached the age of eighty-six years, one month and five days. Inez was born in Mill Springs, MO, on January 5, 1932, daughter of William Atwood Brown and Ora Jane Brown nee Clyburn. As a young woman she was united in marriage and blessed to have two children. On October 3, 1982, she was united in marriage to Wayne Eldon Parks and they were blessed to have thirty-two years together.
Inez is survived by her daughter, Sharon Becker and husband, Paul, of Millstadt, IL; by her daughter-in-law, Robin Turner of Hillsboro, MO; by her step-son, Dennis Parks and wife, Sandra, of House Springs, MO; by her brothers, Richard Brown and wife, Nadine, of Ellsinore, MO, Thomas Brown and wife, Trula, of Piedmont, MO, Eugene Brown of Ellsinore, Arden Brown and wife, Barb, of Lonedell, MO, and Roger Brown of Ironton, MO; by two sisters, Maggie Thorsland and husband, Bill, of Leeper, MO and Pam Hanners and husband, Robert, of Morse Mill, MO; by seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Inez was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ora Brown; by her husband, Wayne Parks; by her son, Steven Hassell; by four sisters, Mary Jane McFadden, Lillie Plowman, Donna Johnson and Betty Smith; and by one granddaughter, Stephanie Hassell.
Inez was a Christian and member of Green Mound Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. For over twenty years of her working career she owned and operated Inez's Upholstery in Eureka, MO. She was an avid reader and loved to listen to country music on radio and television. Her green thumb enabled her to grow and care for her beautiful house plants. What meant most to her was time spent with her family. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts.
A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, step-mother, grandmother, step-grandmother, great-grandmother, step-great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held at 12:00 PM Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Lindell Vawter officiating. Interment was in Green Mound Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (In honor of Wayne Parks).