FLORENCE LUCILLE (SIMMONS) PARKER
Florence Lucille (Simmons) Parker, age 92, departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 surrounded by family in Aultman Hospital. She lived a full and busy life right up to the end, passing at her own time and not of COVID-19. Her devotion to her faith has opened the gates of Heaven to eternal life with her mom, siblings, and her beloved Glenn. Born and raised in "Tusky", Flo came into this world on January 25, 1929, to the late John Simmons and the late Caroline Brown Simmons Decker. Flo and her four siblings remained very close-knit throughout their lives. Nicknamed "Tom" by her older brother, she graduated from Tuscarawas-Warwick High School in 1946, where she began her love of sports as a "Bronco" cheerleader.
At the former Riverside Roller Rink, near Tusky, she met the love and partner of her life, Glenn Parker, and they became beautiful dancers on roller skaters. They were married on June 27, 1948, and spent 64 wonderful years of marriage until Glenn's death February 18, 2013.
Left to remember her love and devotion are her three cherished children, seven treasured grandchildren, and eight adored great-grandchildren with one expected to arrive this summer. They include her son Rick Parker of Tusky, his daughter, AngiLyn Parker of Chicago, Ill.; daughter Becky (Bill) Moughiman of New Philadelphia, their three children, Shane (Jill) Moughiman of Cuyahoga Falls, Choo (Jackie) Moughiman of Zoar, their son Brooks and a baby on the way, Lexi (Brandon) Kelley of Canton, their children Maddison, Brooklyn, Branson, and Kason; and her son Michael (Lori) Parker of Dover, their three children, Brooke (David) Hill of Dover, their daughter, Teagan, Cory (Danea) Parker of Dover, their children, Trenton, Kendal, and Brielle, and Kirstin (Cody) Calkins of East Sparta, their children Reese and Reagan.
Also surviving Flo are her younger brother Carl (Jum) Simmons of Uhrichsville, sister-in-law Jean Simmons of Gnadenhutten, and sister-in-law Doris LeMonte of Uhrichsville, fourteen much loved nieces and nephews along with their children, adopted grandson Aaron (Gabby) Willison of Uhrichsville, special friends Rose Cox, Karleen Wilson, and Ruth Jackson, along with many other friends and neighbors.
Flo was raised in the St. James Lutheran Church in Tusky. She and Glenn raised their children in the Grant St. Methodist Church in Dennison until its closing, where she taught Sunday School, started the Mothers' Circle, held offices in the church, United Methodist Women, and Church Women United, and also worked tirelessly making their delicious hard tack candy, for which Grant St. Church was known. Flo and Glenn continued to serve the Lord at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church until its closing. Most recently, Flo and her special friends traveled the Twin Cities attending different churches, settling at Newport United Methodist Church in Uhrichsville.
Flo lived every day to its fullest, known to everyone as a cooking and baking enthusiast, still delivering goodies to elderly shut-ins until COVID-19. She worked for fifteen years as a cafeteria cook at Eastport Ave Elementary in the Claymont School District. She enjoyed gardening, home canning, cooking for family and friends, and at the age of 91 was still picking strawberries and making her delicious pies. Flo was a firm believer in eating dessert first and loved her chocolates. She enjoyed sharing her recipes and baking with her grandchildren.
Flo was an amazing, loving, mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She and Glenn attended hundreds of sporting events cheering on her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She loved listening to the Buckeyes, Browns, Indians, Ohio State Marching Band, and Claymont wrestling. Flo and Glenn were members of the Star Promenaders and New Town Hall Modern Square Dancers. She was active in the Senior Center in Dennison. They also enjoyed family vacations and camping in their RV.
Flo was preceded in death by her husband Glenn, brother Philip Simmons, sisters Gloria Routte and Eileen Romine.
Calling hours will be held at the Uhrich-Hostettler English Funeral Home, Inc. in Uhrichsville on Friday, February 12, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, at the funeral home with Pastor Aaron Linard officiating, followed by interment at St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery in Tuscarawas.
Memorial contributions may be made online to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) or mailed to American Macular Degeneration Foundation P.O Box 515 Northampton, Massachusetts 01061.
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