Mildred “Nan” Parker, age 85, of Belmond, IA, met her Savior at her home in Belmond, on July 14, 2019, with her daughters at her side following a battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 10:30 AM, at Calvary Baptist Church, 516 East Main St., Belmond. The Reverend Doug Love will be officiating. Burial will be in the Belmond Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 PM at the Andrews Funeral Home, 516 1st St. S.E., Belmond and will continue one hour prior to her services at church Saturday. Memorials may be directed to Calvary Baptist Church or the donor’s choice.
Nan Mitchell was born in Fort Dodge, IA, on Jan. 4, 1934, the daughter of John and Mildred (Sheffield) Mitchell. Her childhood years were spent living in Algona, IA, where she graduated from Algona High School. She accepted the Lord as her Savior at age 13 and was baptized a few years later. After graduating she moved with her family to Sharon, MA.
She was united in marriage to Roy Parker, Jr… To that union two daughters were born. After Roy’s death, Nan moved her girls back to Algona. Most recently she lived in Belmond, IA.
Nan’s faith and family were foremost in her life. She was a dedicated and active member at Calvary Baptist Church where she helped many ways. She had taught Sunday School and helped with various church functions and events. She had instilled the importance of faith in her daughters and grandchildren as well as ensuring that they made it to services at the church regularly. A Sunday favorite activity often would include one on one time with a grandchild, attending church together, going out for a meal and then spending the rest of the day doing whatever activities they decided to do at the time. Nan cherished her grandchildren dearly and whether it was these Sunday outings, or attending extra-curricular activities, graduations, or other special events with all her grandchildren both near and those far away, she did her best to be there and cheer them on in all of their life events.
Nan spent most of her life working in retail, where she was a dedicated employee and enjoyed working with the public. She had also worked for Millie’s Hallmark, Belmond, and had been a proofreader for the Belmond Independent Newspaper.
Nan spent countless hours doing crochet work, knitting, and was an avid reader. She enjoyed collecting Noah’s Ark and Nutcrackers. Her culinary skills were wonderful, one could often find her baking and filling the kitchen air with the aroma of her delicious baked goods. She enjoyed anything that included time spent in the presence of her family, especially her grandkids. Friends were also special in her life. Nan enjoyed the solitude and relaxation of watching and feeding the birds and tooling about on her bicycle.
Those who knew her will reflect fondly on the three F’s that made Nan the beautiful lady she was inside and out, her strong faith, her boundless love of family, and her enjoyment of fellowship with friends.
She is survived by her daughter Kimberly (Scott) Van Zyl, Omaha, NE and their children: Sarah (Denver) Sweazy, Amanda (Aaron) Patton, Joshua (Hannah) Van Zyl, and Nathaniel (Alicia) Van Zyl; her daughter Kristine (Herman) Vink, Belmond, IA; and their children: Rachel (Ryan) Vogel, Jonathan Vink, Michelle (Timothy) Worley, Ashely Vink, and Rebekah (Joshua) Nedved; great-grandchildren: Connor, Nolan, Ryland, Adeline, Brennen Sweazy; Titus, Silas, Anastasia Patton; Lincoln and Mollie Van Zyl; Liam and Kaiya Van Zyl; Maddie, Ian, and Dominic Vogel; Moriah and Juilanna Worley. A brother Jon A. (Susan) Mitchell of Plantation, Florida. Nan is also survived by a step-son, Roy Parker and family of Assonet, MA and Lyn Poust and family of Willaimsport, PA; as well as many other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Perley “Roy” Parker, Jr., her parents John and Mildred Mitchell, sisters Juanita Loss and Faye Bartlett, brothers Richard and Charles Mitchell, mother and father-in-law Perley Roy, Sr. and Marjorie Parker, and her brothers-in-law Earl Loss and Warren Parker.
Andrews Funeral Home, Belmond, IA.