The Woodward News


June 16, 2012

Lois Mansfield Parker

Woodward, Okla. — Lois Mansfield Parker, 91, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Grace Living Center in Woodward, Oklahoma after a brief stay. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday. June 21 in the chapel of Wharton's Funeral Home in Alva, Oklahoma. Wharton's Funeral Chapel is located at 1302 Oklahoma Blvd., which is also Hwy. 64. Interment will be in the Alva Municipal Cemetery..

The Rev. Phillip Davis of Buffalo First United Methodist Church will officiate. Services are under the direction of Wharton's Funeral Chapel of Alva, Okla.

Neva Lois Mansfield was born November 2, 1920 on the family farm southwest of Beaver, Oklahoma to Jeremiah (Jerry) and Etta McCurley Mansfield. She was the fifth child in a family of six children. She attended Beaver Public School and graduated from Beaver High School in 1938. She attended Southwestern College at Winfield, Kansas in 1938 and 1939, then attended Northwestern State College at Alva, Oklahoma from the fall of 1939 until the spring of 1942. While at Northwestern, she was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and the Zippers pep club.

Lois left school and went to work for Boeing Aircraft Corporation at Wichita, Kansas, building B-29 bombers during World War Two. She left Boeing in 1944 and went to work for the Oklahoma State Department of Public Welfare at Alva, Oklahoma.

On October 20, 1946, Lois married Charles K. Parker and they moved to the Parker farm in Harper County, Oklahoma. In 1955 Lois was asked to fill a vacant teaching position at nearby Selman School. For the next twenty-six years, Lois taught in the Selman, Ft. Supply, Gage, and Woodward schools. She was Ellis County Teacher of the Year in 1969. She was a member of Buffalo First United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Retired Teachers, CEA, and the Tornado Sams RV Club of Woodward.

Neva Lois Mansfield and Charles Kenyon Parker were married for sixty-five years and are the parents of three children: Thomas Mansfield Parker, Charles Kenyon Parker, Jr., and Elizabeth Jane Parker.

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