Rena Park

Rena ParkRena Caroline (Gist) Park, 87, of Beardstown, formerly of Frederick, died March 3, 2013, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

She was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Sioux Township in Sioux County, Iowa, a daughter of Frederick C. and Della Caroline Clardy Gist. She married James Laurel Park on Jan. 27, 1946, in Beardstown. He preceded her in death in January 1984.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Lola Frances Foltz and Ethel Pearl Cannavan; five brothers, William Burgess "Bill", Joseph Irvin "Joe", Charles Frederick "Junior", Alvin Leonard and Jack Richard (surviving wife Mary) Gist of Beardstown; and her uncle and aunt LaMont and Rena Gist who raised her.

Surviving are her children, Jim (and Debbie) Park of Astoria, Hank (and Ann) Park and Kathy Park (and Richard Anderson), both of Beardstown, and Chuck (and Sally) Park of Hilton Head, S.C.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She graduated from Beardstown High School in the Class of 1944.

She worked as a CNA at Culbertson Hospital in Rushville and later served as Postmistress of Frederick Post Office, a position from which she retired.

She was a member of Frederick Christian Church, Frederick Household Science Club and served for many years as an election judge.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in Messerer Cemetery in Frederick. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home on Friday.

Memorials may be made to Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post #1239 or Messerer Cemetery.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/6/2013

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