Alodyne Mayme Shackleton Parks was born to Harold and Josephine Shackleton on March 13, 1924 in Pawnee City, Nebraska. She passed away at Colonial Acres, Humboldt, NE on May 20, 2021 at the age of 97.
Alodyne graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1941. She loved staying in touch with classmates and spent hours, days and weeks helping to organize class reunions.
On August 20, 1942 she married Melvin James Parks they had three children Dan, Sandee and Mike. The couple shared many happy years together on the family farm until Melvin passed away 4 days before their 50th wedding anniversary.
Alodyne was defined by her love for family, friends, church and community. She was at her happiest when she was able to give of herself to help others.
Alodyne loved the Pawnee County Fair and was involved in multiple booths and floats for years as a 4-H leader and one of the founding members of the Rural Neighbors Extension Club.
Over the years Alodyne involved her grandchildren in her community service by having them help deliver Meal on Wheels to make sure they understood the importance of service to others.
Alodyne was an active member of the Salem United Church of Christ well into her 80’s. Over the years she was a Sunday School Teacher and served many years as the chair of the Christian Social Committee who planned and served meals/refreshments for a wide variety of church functions.
Alodyne was a great cook who corrupted many brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, grandnephews and of course her own husband, children and grandchildren by turning us into cookie thieves! Anyone who spent much time in her home knew there was always an excellent supply of cookies in her freezer in coffee cans. Of course the ones that disappeared the quickest were the chocolate chip cookies. To this day many of us still prefer “frozen” chocolate chip cookies.
Alodyne loved to play cards but frequently complained “can’t get what I want” or “I haven’t played in a long time and have forgotten how to play” only to go on and win game after game. If anyone ever wondered where her children and grandchildren got some of their competitive nature you only had to be around Alodyne when her Huskers or nephews were playing sports.
Alodyne enjoyed traveling with Melvin and then in later years with her children. This Included many lazy days at the Hamer cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks, trips to watch grandchildren compete in athletic events, and even joining her daughter Sandee and her husband Ron for a trip to Australia. She arrived in Sydney on her 82nd birthday. Their tour of Australia included visiting her high school classmate Tommy Eldridge and Alodyne’s niece, Becky Binder DuBois and her husband Neil.
Preceding Alodyne in death were her husband Melvin, her parents Harold and Josephine Shackleton, her sister Josephine Hamer and many family members and cherished friends.
Surviving Alodyne are her children, Dan (Sandy) Parks, Sandee (Ron) Ballou and Mike Parks; grandchildren Dion (Rebecca) Parks, their children, Alaina Alodyne and Holly; Tyson (Kari) Parks, their children Tucker and Palmer; Cassie (Ross) Eickhoff, and their children Lincoln and Carrick; Michaela Parks and Grace Parks; sisters-in-law Minnie Louise Binder and Mary Dovel; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Salem U.C.C. Church, rural Steinauer, Nebraska. Officiating Pastor Eric Biehl. The service will also be live-streamed on the Wherry Mortuary/Monument Facebook page for those unable not attend.
Visitation on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. at Wherry Mortuary, 919 G Street, Pawnee City, Nebraska.
Memorials to the family's choice.
Inurnment at Salem U.C.C. Cemetery, rural Steinauer, Nebraska.
Online condolences may be left at www.wherrymortuary.com.
Services entrusted with Wherry Mortuary, Pawnee City, Nebraska.
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