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Marilyn M. (Mandy) Parke

Marilyn M. (Mandy) Parke, 83, died peacefully at her home in Tiburon, CA, on May 13, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her four children: Douglas F. (Rick) Johnston Jr., Leslie A. Grayson, Dina L. Falk of Tiburon, Kim M. Hill, their spouses and 11 adoring grandchildren.
Born November 8, 1932, to Leslie and Gladys March in Buffalo, NY, Mandy attended St. Catherine's School in Richmond, VA, after her family moved to Milford, DE. She graduated in 1950, and went on to attend Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she led the Sonnateers singing group until her graduation in 1954. In 1955 she married Douglas F. Johnston and in 1958 moved to Edina, MN, where her four children were born. In Edina, she was a member of the Junior League, and a founding member of the LeagueAires singing group. In 1965 the family moved to San Marino, CA, where she realized a passion for social work. There she was a counselor for the Foothill Free Clinic, Planned Parenthood, and All Saints Episcopal Church. She pursued her master's degree in social work at the University of Southern California and received her MSW in 1972.
Later, in 1973, she moved with her family to New Canaan, CT, where she continued her work at Silver Hill Hospital, Waveny Care Center, and Catholic Family Services. After a divorce in 1984, she moved to Phoenixville, PA, where she worked for Bryn Mawr Hospital, opened a private practice and was courted by Samuel Williams Parke Jr. The couple moved to Tiburon, CA, and were married on October 25, 2003. Sadly, Sam passed away on March 24, 2016. Mandy remained active in her local P.E.O. chapters wherever she lived, and with Sam created a college scholarship in her name.
Mandy was always generous toward others, took a keen interest in people of all backgrounds, and made a difference in the lives of many. We will remember her smile, warmth, humor, creativity, and love for family and friends — including furry four-legged types.
A memorial service will be held June 28th at Old St. Hilary's Church at 2 pm with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312 and reference the "Mandy Parke Scholarship Fund" in the memo line of your check.

(Published June 1, 2016)

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