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Jeanne-Marie Parkes

d. October 11, 2023

Jeanne-Marie Parkes

Jeanne-Marie Parkes, age 89, of Hull, MA and Stuart, FL died on October 11th, 2023 at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL after a brief illness. She was the loving and devoted wife of Donald Parkes (Maj, USAF Ret.), with whom she shared 30 years of marriage until his passing in 1991. She was also the loving companion of William Quinlan, who she was a snowbird with between Massachusetts and Florida until his passing in 2013. She was born on December 15th 1933 in Burlington, NJ to the late Clarence Saunders and Marie Saunders Field. She graduated from Burlington City High School in 1951.  She worked with civil service at McGuire AFB where she met her future husband and subsequently moved off to a military migratory life at various Air Force Bases within the US and overseas. She was a world traveler with her husband Don and later her companion Bill taking various cruises and trips. She was able to take a family cruise with her son John and his family through the Baltic Sea and later with both sons’ and their families through the Caribbean.

She settled in Hull upon her husband’s retirement from the Air Force at the end of 1973. She was a member of the Hull Garden Club for over 40 years and served a term as its President. She held a few positions of prominence for the State, Regional, and National Garden Clubs including State President, New England Regional Director, and National Garden Club Chairperson. While living in Stuart she also became a member of the Stuart Garden Club. She won numerous shows with her flower arrangements and ultimately became a Master judge.

She was a voracious reader and avid dancer who brought joy and laughter wherever she went. She made life fun for those around her. Everybody loved her. She was a devout Catholic and spent many years as a Lay Eucharistic Minister with various churches. She was an excellent mother who was at every ball game that her sons played in. She was a great cook whose meatballs and lasagna would have special requests to be made for friend and family events. 

Jeanne-Marie was the mother of John Parkes (Colonel, USAF Ret.), his wife Karla, Michael Parkes, and his wife Nora.  She was the loving, adoring grandmother to Amanda, Matthew and Donald Parkes, Kaitlyn (Alex) Barrera, and Joey Kehoe. She recently became a great-grandmother to Kleo Barrera. She was the older sister of Dee Fandetta and Earl Saunders (Lt Col, USAF Ret.), and his wife Sondra. She is the well-loved Aunt of many nieces and nephews, friends, and family. Jeanne-Marie will be sorely missed by many.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 29th from 4-8 PM at Pyne Keohane Funeral Home in Hingham. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption in Hull at 10 AM October 30th. She will be buried at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury with her husband, and other family members.

 

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Visiting Hours

Sunday, October 29, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Pyne Keohane Funeral Home

21 Emerald Street, Hingham, MA 02043

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Celebration of Life Service

Monday, October 30, 2023

Starts at 9:15 am (Eastern time)

Pyne Keohane Funeral Home

21 Emerald Street, Hingham, MA 02043

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Funeral Mass

Monday, October 30, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary of the Assumption Parish

208 Samoset Avenue, Hull, MA 02045

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