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Kathleen “Denise” Parker

Kathleen Denise Parker, 49, West Plains, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri. 


She was born February 14, 1968, in Terrell, Texas, to Wayland Valentine and Willie Bates.  On May 31, 1996, she was married in Morrison, Illinois, to Charles Parker, Jr.  Mrs. Parker earned an associate degree from Morrison Institute of Technology, Morrison, Illinois and had worked as a structural engineer.  Her and her husband first resided in Illinois and then made their home in Missouri in 2002.  She loved to travel and enjoyed the beach, especially Jamaica.  Denise was loved by all that knew her.  She had a very giving heart full of kindness and was always there for anyone in need.  Denise was a loyal and devoted wife, a strong and encouraging mother and a loving and caring sister, who often took charge.  She loved her grandchildren beyond measure.  Mrs. Parker was also a gifted artist and seamstress.


She is survived by her husband, Charles Parker; three children, Anthony Parker, Julie Chaffin and husband, Jonathon and Nikita Gale and husband, Nathan; four step-children, Charles Parker, III, Adam Parker and wife, Jessica, Mandy Minnick and Kyle Parker; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her parents, Wayland Valentine and Willie Bates; mother-in-law, Mary Parker; one brother, Robert Valentine and wife, Nikki; two sisters, Renee Vaughn and husband, Jeff and Betty Gail Valentine; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.


Her grandparents, step-father Jose Mata, father-in-law, Charles Parker, Sr., brother-in-law, Bruce Hurd, sister-in-law, Bobbi Jo Reed and special friend, Dennis Curtner, Jr., preceded her in death.


A private memorial service will be held by the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to Christos House and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at