PASSINGS: Candy Parker

Candy Parker

Candy Parker of Springfield passed away last week.  She and Jane Stricklin were longtime companions and married in 2019. They recently celebrated their 34th anniversary.  She was a regular attender of Brothers and Sisters Together.

Also surviving Candy; her four children, Ayesha (fiancé Tim Hemstock) Parker of Springfield, David Parker of Lincoln, NE, Dan Parker of Denver, CO, and CeCe Parker of Springfield; aunt, Carol Paisley of Virden, IL; best friend and fishing buddy, Paula Harris; cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and a host of friends. Her parents preceded her in death.

Candy worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation, Sojourn Women’s Center, U. S. Postal Service, Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, SPARC, Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and retired from the City of Springfield as an Environmental Health Inspector in 2001.

She was a member of Chatham United Methodist Church and volunteered to help at many youth events. Candy was a champion for children. She was a foster parent and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). A believer in equal rights for all, her love and acceptance of others was unconditional. Candy was an avid Cubs fan who never met a stranger; she spread joy and laughter with the telling of her mostly true stories. She loved her family and devoted her life to them.

The service may be found through the following link. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to Chatham United Methodist Church, 104 W. Chestnut, Chatham, IL 62629 or Coalition of Rainbow Alliances (CORAL), P.O. Box 9721, Springfield, IL 62791.