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Frances Kenner Parke

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 27, 2015 @ 1:50 pm In Obituaries | 4 Comments

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Frances Kenner Parke, 95, of Lancaster, PA passed away at the Mennonite Home with family at her side on January 21, 2015.  She was the widow of Donald W. Parke, who died in 2013 after a marriage of 71 years.  Born in Baltimore, MD, the daughter of Hurnard J. and Lily (Steffey) Kenner, she attended schools in New Rochelle, NY and was a 1941 graduate of Duke University.

Following college, Frances spent many years as a devoted wife and mother.  After her children had grown, she became a reporter, then editor, for the Family section of the Lancaster New Era for about ten years, until her retirement in 1976.  She and her husband were active members of First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, where she served as a deacon in later life.

Among her great loves were family, socializing with people, and words, which inspired such hobbies as cooking, volunteer work, and crossword puzzles.  Her volunteer activities included those connected to the church, the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, and the Lancaster Public Library.

In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by a daughter, Linda Gallagher (wife of Peter A. Gallagher).  She is survived by a daughter, Donna Ornston (wife of Nicholas), of Hamden, CT; by a grandson, Darius Ornston (Roxy Burghelea) of Toronto, Canada; and by a step-granddaughter Alexandra Ornston (Makoto Ueda) of Gifu City, Japan, as well as four great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express its great appreciation for the kind and loving care that Frances received from the dedicated staff of Swarr Run at the Mennonite Home and from Hospice and Community Care during her final days.

Interment in the First Presbyterian Church’s Memorial Gardens will be private.  A memorial service at the church will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Benevolent Care Fund of the Mennonite Home, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125, or to a charity of one’s choice.


Condolences for the family of “Frances Kenner Parke”

Condolence from Peary and Adrian Lidquist on February 1st, 2015 8:31 pm

It was such an honor and privilege to be Don and Fran’s neighbors . They were inspiring people who unselfishly shared their love for each other and others. May we all be filled with peace and understanding!

Condolence from Priscilla Hodecker on February 2nd, 2015 10:16 am

Dear Donna and family.. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you say goodbye to your Mother. Blessings to you during this time of sadness and sweet memories… Priscilla and Terry Hodecker

Condolence from Marge McCarthy on February 3rd, 2015 9:15 am

Fran and Don were nearby Mulberry St. neighbors and friends. Fran was also a dear friend during our AAUW and Art Class days. Those memories are sweet.

May your memories bring comfort and peace.

Marge McCarthy

Condolence from Mae and Len Wolf on February 6th, 2015 9:12 am

Dear Donna and Family,
Fran was such a special neighbor and friend. You are in our prayers on the loss of your Mother. May you find peace as you say farewell to a wonderful person.

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