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Faye D Parker Durkin
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1895
Death: May 23, 1972

Faye Parker, my Gramdmom Faye, to me was the "Norman Rockwell" of Grandmothers. Perfect in every way. Actual Birth name was DORTHY FAYE, but as I have found on so many Census reports...they documented by what people "went by" rather then First Name.

She raised 3 children,(when they were young) with the help of her Mother Mary Parker.

Husband James Durkin was murdered in 1930 in Illinois and at the time, according to Family members, though devastated, she was strong during this time..and went to Court everyday when the young man who shot her husband was on trial. She helped put him in jail, and many, many years later, upon receipt of a letter from him, she kept him in jail. Grandmom Faye never remarried, and wore her wedding ring the rest of her life.

Grandmom Faye was a very wise woman,when my Dad was born all the Parker men in the family asked that she name her newborn son after them, she did just that, without showing favoritism to one or the other, HENCE, the name PARKER LEE was given :) Lee is a tradition in the Parker family, MANY, MANY have that middle name, and I carried it on with my first son Sean Michael Lee yes, 2 middle names :)

I cannot say enough about my Grandmom Faye. "Mom Faye" to everyone. She was so loving, yet a strong and determined woman. She lead Girl Scouts, and was involved with "boy" activities as well. I couldn't wait to visit her. She was very intelligent, and funny, and always looked at the glass as half full. She taught me many things. How can you write your feelings about someone you love so much? There is not enough space for me to completely tell her story.

I was her only Grand-daughter, seems boys dominated the birth order in the family. :)

Parents Alonzo and Mary Parker.

I found Census records for 1900 and will print them here in the hopes that other relatives may come across this, and put the dots together.

1900 United States Federal Census about Alonzo Parker
Name: Alonzo Parker
Age: 36
Birth Date: Aug 1863
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Home in 1900: Prairie City, McDonough, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mary Parker
Marriage Year: 1884
Years Married: 16
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Alonzo Parker 36
Mary Parker 25
Maggie Parker 15
Willie Parker 11
Alma Parker 9
Bertie Parker 7
Clyde Parker 6
Fay Parker 5
Lloyd Parker 3

Full list of siblings:

Margaret Lola (Maggie) Parker (Wright) 1885
John William (Willie) Parker 1888 1952
Mary Alma Parker (Settles) 1890 1974
Bert Alonzo (Bertie) Parker 1892 1918 Died in First World War (ILLNESS) Spanish Influenza that swept through the Troops. (FRANCE)
Clyde Ross Parker - 1893 1969
Faye Dorothy Parker(Wright-Durkin) 1895 1972
Lloyd Parker 1899 1981

9 children, 7 lived, 2 daughters passed away as babies/toddlers: Nola Mae Parker 1885-1886 and
Edna Pearl 1887-1890

On a personal note, I was beyond "calming down" when she died, but as a child, be it dream or a gift from God, I saw my Grandmom Faye...playing patty cake with my brother Timmy.

From that day forward, I knew they, along with all my other relatives were ok and happy.
A HUGE Thank you to Debra for getting the photo of my Granma Fayes marker :)
Family links: 
  Alonzo Smith Parker (1861 - 1924)
  Mary Matilda Skiles Parker (1863 - 1946)
  Clarence Arthur Wright (1896 - 1978)
  James Durkin (1885 - 1930)
  Alberta M Wright Taggart (1919 - 2003)*
  Alleyne M Wright Rhoads (1921 - 1996)*
  Parker Lee Durkin (1930 - 1992)*
  Margaret Lola Parker Wright (1885 - 1970)*
  John William Parker (1888 - 1951)*
  Mary "Alma" Parker Settles (1890 - 1974)*
  Bert Alonzo Parker (1892 - 1918)*
  Clyde Ross Parker (1893 - 1954)*
  Faye D Parker Durkin (1895 - 1972)
  Lloyd Parker (1899 - 1981)*
*Calculated relationship
Astoria Cemetery
Fulton County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Sec C
Created by: Debbie
Record added: Feb 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85740225
Faye D <i>Parker</i> Durkin
Added by: Debbie
Faye D <i>Parker</i> Durkin
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Faye D <i>Parker</i> Durkin
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