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Born on May 11, 1922 in Hoopersville, MD, she was the daughter of the late Cleveland Rippons and Mary Dean Rippons.
On August 2, 1941 she married Benjamin Levin Parks. After being happily married for sixty years, her beloved husband died on March 2, 2001.
In 1945 Granny, as she was affectionately known, became the caretaker and cook for the Hoopers Island Gunning Club. The Doeller Family purchased the club in 1954 and she continued her employment for three generations until her retirement. Granny’s chair still remains in the kitchen to this day.
For twenty years she proudly worked with her daughter and son-in-law at Old Salty’s Restaurant and Gift Shop.
Mrs. Parks was a member of the Hoopers Memorial Church and served as a Sunday school teacher and financial secretary.
She had served as Past President of the PTA for South Dorchester K-8 School. Her hobbies included crocheting, gardening and sewing. Her family is so grateful to have had such a loving mother and granny as well as the many people’s lives she has touched within her community.
Surviving are six children Joyce Parks of Daytona Beach, FL, JoAnn Ashton and her husband Wayne of Hoopersville, MD, Wanda Christopher and her husband Howard of Cambridge, MD, Benjamin Gary Parks and his wife Saundra of Cambridge, MD, Patricia Dean of Cambridge, MD, James Parks and his wife Lynn of Lewes, DE; close family friend, Norma Covington, whom she considered like a daughter; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; her late husband’s family members Calvert Cannon, Betty Jane Parks, Paul and Ellen Ruark, Albanus and Sara Phillips and Rosa Lewis; nieces and nephews and cousins.
Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband was a son Benjamin Levin Park, Jr.; granddaughter Julia Ann Ashton; five siblings Ada Jones, Anna Hall, Leroy Rippons, Melvin Rippons, and Eldridge Rippons.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16th at Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A., where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Officiating at the service will be The Rev. Doug Ridley and by The Rev. Delmer Willey. Burial will follow at Dorchester Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Memorial offerings may be made to Hoopers Island Vol. Fire Dept., PO Box 125, Fishing Creek, MD 21634 or to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733
Posted by: Jack & Merdith Rogers Mrs Parks was a very special lady, who I got to know thru the Hoopers Island Gun Club. She was one of the special folks who make the Eastern Shore of Maryland the beatiful place it is. Her tradition, kindness and strength will live with me forever. What a grand lady she will always be,may she rest in peace. Jack and Meredith 09/25/2011 Posted by: Frank & Sandy Ramey Mrs. Parks always made me feel like a grandaughter to her. She loved to see my children and grandchildren. Frank & I will certainly miss her smiling face at Hoopers. Our prayers are with you all during this time. 09/16/2011 Posted by: Henry & Katie Guy Jo Ann were so sorry to read of your moms passing she sounded like a super lady, our thoughts and prayers are with you. 09/15/2011 Posted by: Sam and Lois Bennet We know Ms. Parks thru Hoopers Island Gun Club where she was The BEST Chef and friend. She'll be missed. 09/15/2011 Posted by: Dan Babineau You surely will be missed by all who have met you. Your presence will forever be at Hooper's Island Gun Club. 09/14/2011 Posted by: Keith & Rebecca Rodenhiser Mrs. Parks was a true matriarch and a refreshing glimpse into the days of yesteryear. Just her presence and that ever-approving smile will be sorely missed by all that were lucky enough to share even a moment of time with her. Our deepest sympathies to her friends and family... 09/14/2011 Posted by: A sympathy card has been sent to the family of E. Josephine Rippons Parks c/o Newcomb & Collins Funeral Home, P.A. funeral home. 09/14/2011 Posted by: JB Tieder I will miss Mrs. Josphine. I will always remember how friendly she was to me foe the years I was in Hoopers Island. She will truly be missed by many. My most sincere condolences to the Parks family. Respectfully, JB Tieder 09/14/2011 Posted by: Roy & Bonnie Pool We will miss seeing her smiling face and hearing all her stories. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. With love. 09/14/2011 Posted by: Johnny & Joanie Parks As Joey said previously, there was ALWAYS a smile on that beautiful face; she would never let anyone know what pains she suffered! Johnny has loved working with Mrs. Josephine and it will be a huge void this coming season...Hugs & prayers to all her family! 09/14/2011 Posted by: Jennifer Loveless My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She will be missed and always loved and remembered. RIP Granny. 09/14/2011 Posted by: Taylor Sage Mrs. Parks and I had a very special connection with one of her favorite pass times. I will never forget how excited you always were when we showed up at Hooper's each year. It was like you had waited all year for that moment and you made us each feel so very special. Your chair in the kitchen will keep our memories alive remind us that you are always with us. Rest in peace lovely lady. 09/14/2011 Posted by: Beth Benhard I will always treasure our early morning "chats" in the kitchen at Hooper's Island Gun Club. The joy you spread will always be in my heart. Godspeed Mrs. Parks you will be missed. Love, Beth 09/13/2011 Posted by: PHYLLIS FRAZIER-JAMES DEAR JO-ANN, WAYNE AND FAMILY: I PRAY THART GOD WILL BLESS YOU IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW. IT DOESN'T EALLY MATER HOW LONG THEY HAVE LIVED, THERE IS STILL AN ALMOST UNBEARABLE HURT. JUST REMEMBER, OUR LORD SAYS THAT "TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD. LOVE AND GODS BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL. EDDIE AND PHYLLIS 09/13/2011 Posted by: Patti & Darrell Brohawn I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Granny was such a wonderful person. I will never forget all the good time we had at Old Saltys together in that kitchen. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! 09/13/2011 Posted by: Jack & Priscilla McGlaughlin Our deepest sympathy go out the family. 09/13/2011 Posted by: Cheryl Bramble Thoughts and prayers to all of Mrs. Josephine's family. She was a very special and talented lady. She is now at peace, with no more suffering. During this difficult time being with family is so important. "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." -Psalm 46:1 09/13/2011 Posted by: Marijane L. Brohawn Dear Granny Joe, I love you so much. I'll never forget our visits together. There may not have been as many as I had wished, but they always ment alot to be. I remember, before I left, I gave you a hug and you held my face in front of yours and told me "You've grown to be a very beautiful young woman, Granny Joe loves you and dont forget it" I'll never forget those words. You'll always be in my heart and on my mind. There wont be a day that I wont be thinking about you. I love you always xoxo Marijane 09/13/2011 Posted by: Chaney Shertenlieb dear granny i love you no matter what.And i talked to you and granny chaney last night.I hope you know that your in a safer place and i will miss painting your fingernails and playing barbies with you and showing you all my fairy pictures i colored.I love you and when i go to church i will pray and think about you.I love you lots... Chaney Elizabeth Shertenlieb. 09/13/2011 Posted by: Janie Phillips Elliott & Steve Lewis You have gone full circle Aunt Joe and we will never forget you. GOD will take care of you now and you will never have any pains or worries. WE LOVE YOU! 09/13/2011 Posted by: Joey Parks I only got the chance to know Ms. Josephine for a few years but everyday i saw her for the last 7 years down to the gunning club she always had a smile on her face when I walked thru the door. She will be greatly missed by everyone and anyone that had the privilage to know her 09/13/2011 Posted by: Melissa Johnson Granny will truely be missed she was a wonderful woman I am so glad that I was able to be a part of her life . 09/13/2011 Posted by: Levin & Effie Elzey Dear Family, I shall always remember the good talks with her at Old Salty's. She has run her race and won the crown that was prepared for her. Ps. 23 09/13/2011 Posted by: Leroy and Cindy Bell Thoughts and prayers go out to the all the Parks family. Miss Josephine willl be greatly missed. She was a great lady. 09/13/2011
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