Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home - Champaign Il

Today is

Irene Marie Parker

Funeral services for Irene Marie Parker, 98, of Champaign, will be at 1:30 p.m., parkerThursday, August 30, 2018, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign. Pastor Hank Sanford will officiate.

Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Parker passed away at 8:15 p.m., Friday, August 24, 2018, at Bickford Senior Living, Champaign. She was born November 4, 1919, in Allenville, Ill., a daughter of Luther and Mercedes Standerfer Parker. They preceded her in death.

She married William G. Parker on May 3, 1942, in Coronado, Calif. He preceded her in death on April 18, 1998. Also preceding Mrs. Parker in death were a daughter, Joan Spencer, and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Diana (Larry) Ferrol, of Clearwater, Fla., and Christine (Scott) Wulff, of Champaign; a son, Glenn Parker, of La Junta, Colo.; one sister, Eva Ethington, of Sullivan, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

Mrs. Parker was a registered nurse and was employed by Burnham City Hospital, where she was an Assistant Head Nurse for many years.

Mrs. Parker was a member of First Christian Church, Champaign.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and baking. She was very well known for her coconut pies. She was an avid Illini basketball. Fan. She was devoted to her family and her quiet nature spoke volumes.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


Thinking and praying for the family during this time of grieving.  Your family is surrounded by love from afar during this difficult time.

Spencer and Laura Murray


To the Irene Parker family,

Bill and Irene were very special friends to us. We remember Irene as a great Nurse who attended to us, a great cook who baked fantastic coconut cream pies, and just a great person. We cherished the times we were able to pick Irene up and take her to church.  She appreciated the step we made to help her get into the van. 

Although she is gone physically you have many memories and good times to share of Irene’s wonderful life.

Dick and Margaret Leonard