Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
November 29, 2007
Funeral Mass for
Diannah Marie Parker, 74, of Chickasha, OK, will be held at
10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, in the Holy Name Catholic
Church, with Father Goins officiating. Diannah Marie (Weaver)
Parker died November 25, 2007 in Warrenton, VA, while returning
from vacation. She was born November 9, 1933, the second oldest
child of Willie Lee and Marie Weaver in Alexandria, LA. She was
raised in Borger, TX and graduated from Borger Senior High
School in 1952. She attended Frank Phillips College, Borger, TX
and Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, TX. Diannah graduated
from Incarnate Word College with a Bachelor of Music degree,
with honors, in 1956. Subsequently, she continued post graduate
work at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma,
Chickasha, OK and obtained Bachelors in Early Childhood
Development in 1990. After graduating from Incarnate Word
College, Diannah taught at Borger Public Schools, Borger, TX,
for one year. On December 27, 1956, Diannah married Jim Parker
and moved to Pensacola, FL and taught one semester at Pensacola
Public Schools. After moving to Chickasha, OK in 1958, she
taught at Chickasha Jr. High School for one year. Then for the
next 12 years, she focused on raising her four children,
participating in many of their school and extra curricular
activities including: 4-H, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and many
sports programs. For many years after 1970, she worked in the
property development and home building industry, primarily in
the designing and interior decorating of homes in the Brookmoor
and Mandeville Estates Additions to Chickasha and surrounding
areas. She also served as the bookkeeper and office manager of
the various businesses owned by her and her husband. Last year,
she and Jim celebrated 50 years of a wonderful marriage. Diannah
was active in many community activities. She chaired the
Oklahoma Heritage week for three years, served as state
president of Oklahoma Federation of Music for one year, and as a
national director for two years. She was active in the McDowell
Music Club and president of the local chapter for several years.
For five years, she was a director of the USAO Foundation and
served as its president for several years. She was also active
in many other women's organizations and an active member of Holy
Name Roman Catholic Church. After retiring from an active
business career, Diannah and Jim enjoyed traveling domestically
and visiting friends, their children and grandchildren.
Throughout her life, Diannah enjoyed and cherished her family,
friends and music.
She is survived by her husband of 51
years, Jim; children, Benjamin Parker and wife, Antonella of
Londonderry, New Hampshire, Julie and her husband Andy Yuhas of
St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Joanna and her husband Eddie Robben
of Coppell, TX, and Samuel Parker and his wife Vonnette of
Bixby, OK. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren to the
following families: to the Benjamin Parker family, Katrina
Parker of Dover, NH and Anna, Alexandra and Benjamin James
Parker of Londonderry, NH; to the Julie Yuhas family, Lauren
Yuhas of Stillwater, OK, Aaron and Mitchell Yuhas of St. Croix,
Virgin Islands; to the Joanna Robben family, Emily, Molly and
Sammy Robben of Coppell, TX; to the Samuel Parker family, Jacob
and Stevann Parker of Bixby, OK. In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations can be made to: Holy Name of Jesus Building Fund, P.O.
Box 748, Chickasha, OK 73023 or the charity of choice. Per
Diannah's wishes there will be no public viewing.
Interment will be in the
Rose Hill Cemetery
under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.
... Complied and transcribed by Marti Graham, 2009.
Complied and transcribed by Marti Graham, 2009.