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Evelyn M. (Knapp)  Parkes

Evelyn M. (Knapp) Parkes

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
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Evelyn M. Parkes, 95, of Clinton, MA died on Saturday May 2, 2020 at Clinton Hospital.

Evelyn was born on February 9, 1925 in Newark, NJ to Harry and Katherine (Middleton) Knapp. She grew up in Newark and was valedictorian of her high school class. Evelyn was married to Richard (Dick) S. Parkes for 54 years until his death in 2009.

Evelyn’s life centered around her family, her church family, and her faith. She attended and was a member of The United Church of Christ-Congregational of Boxborough for 45 years. Her selflessness and caring for others cannot be overstated. Never putting herself before anybody else, she was the most kind, caring person you would ever want to meet. In addition, when a situation called for it, she had a strength that was unmatched as well.

Evelyn worked various part time jobs over the years, but her true calling was caring for her family and doing God’s work. Evelyn spent much of her time crocheting prayer shawls, as well as making and collecting hats and gloves for homeless shelters. She was the center and strength of her family until the end of her life.

Evelyn loved crocheting, shopping at thrift stores, Christmas (preparation began in the summer!), following the Red Sox, game shows, word puzzles, sitting by the ocean listening to the waves, and especially any time spent with family.

Evelyn is survived by her son Richard Parkes and his partner Kathleen O’Connor of Milton, grandsons Justin Parkes of Brighton and Ricky Parkes of Worcester, and several nieces and nephews including Gregory Baechtle and his wife Carolyn of Summerville, SC. She is predeceased by her husband Richard S. Parkes, daughter Denise Parkes, sister Katherine and brother Richard.

Burial is in South Cemetery, Boxborough, with services to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the United Church of Christ-Congregational of Boxborough, 723 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough, MA 01719, would be much appreciated.

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Mary Pavlik

Posted at 02:37pm
I am not surprised to read that Evelyn was valedictorian of her class. Her intelligence, grace and humility really defined her for me. Evelyn was a great support for me when I lost my sister, sharing her own loss and always quietly checking on how I was doing. I was lucky enough to get to know Evelyn better on some on our women's retreats, where she was the voice of wisdom and humor, ready to listen carefully and smile readily. I've always loved and admired Evelyn's exquisite sense of style and color. I felt so lucky that she was often sitting nearby in church so I could turn, hold hands and lock eyes, and see what she was wearing. She was a elegant fashion icon at UCCB, always stylish with a little extra panache. She was truly an artist with her handiwork as well, and so humble! I have a beautiful crocheted necklace in jewel tones made by Evelyn that I have always cherished, and will now have extra meaning for me as I wear it and remember this truly truly classic, great lady.

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