ANNE HALE PARKISON, age 72 of Bedminster NJ died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Arbor Ridge Care Center in Silver Spring following an extended illness. Anne was born January 4, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio to Pete Hale and June (Fleming) Hale. She was a 1964 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Ohio State University in 1968. Anne joined Americorps VISTA after graduating from the Ohio State University to serve her community and her country. It was in Detroit during her time in VISTA that she met James Parkison, another young volunteer starting his life as a public servant. It was public service for the greater good that called to Anne and she found a kindred sprit in James. The two would marry on November 1, 1969 and stay married as best friends and partners for over 30 years until his death in 2002. Anne received her Masters of Library Science after her time in VISTA and spent the rest of her life working as a librarian in Jefferson City, New York City, Princeton, Moorestown, Montclair and Bedminster New Jersey. She was a dedicated servant who never missed a day of work because she truly wanted to be there.
In 1975 she gave birth to her son, Christopher Parkison. She was a devoted mother, taking him to school and after school activities even as she juggled her work schedule. in her free time Anne dabbled in many pursuits, cooking, gardening, needlepoint, and jigg saw puzzles but she would almost always have a book by her side and a cat in her lap when wanted to relax. She was a wonderful co-worker, always quick with a smile and advice when asked, a supportive mother and wife, and a loving daughter who took care of her parents when they became ill.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Jim Parkison. She is survived by her son, Christopher Parkison of Washington, D.C.; brother, Doug Hale and wife Lois of Bailey Island, ME; nephews and niece, Pete Hale, David Hale, Kate Parkison and Gabriel Parkison; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA with Pastor Craig Eberly of the Sidney Victory Life Church officiating. Visitation will be open from 9:00 AM until service time Saturday with the family greeting friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Saturday at the Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery near Sidney, IA. In lieu of flowers, memorials will go to the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter in Bridgewater, NJ.
The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA is in charge of arrangements.