Marie Mabel Park
Marie Mabel Park
  • May 13, 1929 - July 6, 2014
  • Overland Park, Kansas

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On the evening of July 6, 2014, Marie passed away at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, KS from heart related issues. Marie was 85 years old.

Marie (Hoyum) Park was born in the town of Quiring in Beltrami County in Minnesota at 7:15pm on May 13, 1929. She was the second child, and the first daughter, of Inger Mabel Fodness and Anton Hoyum.

As a young girl, the family moved from Quiring then to Saum in Beltrami County, Minnesota. She attended Saum grade school. The Hoyum family lived on a farm. Growing up on the farm, Marie was active in the 4-H club and won first place making custard at the county fair earning herself a trip to the state fair.

Marie graduated from Kelliher High School in 1947. She worked in Kelliher at Liniums Department Store before moving to the Twin Cities and working in Minneapolis. In 1951 her sister Helen graduated and joined her in the cities where they were roommates. She moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1955. It was in Kansas City, Missouri that she met Murrell C. Park in their apartment building while doing laundry. They dated and were later married on March 11, 1956 in Kansas City, MO. The young family made several moves and eventually purchased the home that so many know of on the 44th block of Bell Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

It was in this house that she and Murrell raised their four children, John, Ronald, Sheila and Jeffery. Every summer, the family would pack the car and take a trip to northern Minnesota to visit family, camp and play in the Upper and Lower Red Lake. As the kids grew, Marie would become a mother figure to many of the neighborhood kids on Bell Street. She shared this role with her next-door neighbor and lifelong friend, Lillian “Juanita” Matheny.

Marie worked for the U.S. Social Security Administration for over 33 years at the Richard Bolling Federal Building in downtown, Kansas City, Missouri where she retired in 1988. While working, Marie worked diligently to complete her Associate’s degree, served as a Toastmistress (building many lifelong friendships during her membership), and was very proud of her role as a Den Mother for Boy Scout Troop No. 78.

Marie loved…

She loved art – she loved to draw and paint.

She loved frogs.

She loved to celebrate – she would always make a cake for a birthday or life milestone.

She enjoyed spending time at the rose garden with the family at Loose Park in Kansas City, MO. It was at this park that Marie would participate in small dog shows with the Pekinese and Shih Shu dogs that she trained.

Marie loved to travel all over the world. From Alaska to Hawaii and even to Ireland, Marie loved to see the world. In March of 1983, Marie & Murrell participated in the “Mercier Street Shamrocks” group to create a float for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade competition in Kansas City, MO. They worked closely with Joe & Francis McKenna to build the float that took first place, winning two tickets to Ireland. Jokingly, Marie and Francis told the guys that they would take the winning tickets and that they could buy their own tickets. The two couples made wonderful memories and came back with many stories.

Over the years Marie had many pets, but her most recent dog of 14 years, “Ming”, was very special to her. In 2011, she entered herself and Ming into a “Pet/Owner Look-A-Like” contest. For fun, she rallied friends and family to vote in the contest.

In 2007, Marie moved to Overland Park Towers in Overland Park, KS. While living there, Marie was a community leader and friend to many. She served as the community’s Vice President, facilitated the “Caring and Sharing” club and organized many events and celebrations (e.g., securing a holiday entertainer/pianist, invited youth choirs to perform and most recently helped host a fish fry) for the residents and friends of Overland Park Towers. Marie tried to get everyone to participate in the events and ultimately wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and the great company. She and some of her close friends loved their plants and worked together to maintain a garden.

Marie was preceded in death by: husband, Murrell Chester Park; son, John Anthony Park; and brother, Raymer Hoyum.

Marie is survived in death by: sister, Helen Rolph; sister-in-law, Louise Hoyum; daughter-in-law, Donna Park; son, Ronald (and Kim) Park; daughter, Sheila Lemon; son, Jeffrey (and Jolita) Park; and stepdaughter, Gail Hurlbut. Grandchildren: Daniel (and Candace), Christina Park and Erik Bartee; Michael, David (and Jessika) and Kellie Lemon; Kyle, Kevin and Keith Park; Nathan & Taylor Park; and Annette Weston, Jeff & Keith Hurlbut. Eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests contributions be made to the: American Heart Association

The family would like thank all of the wonderful friends that Marie made over the last seven years at Overland Park Towers in Overland Park, Kansas.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Condolences can be made directly on the Stine and McClure website: Marie Mable Park