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Shawn Parks-Rice

Apr 26, 2017
Shawn Parks-Rice

Shawn Parks-Rice, 50, of Lone Tree, died Monday, April 24, 2017 outside of her home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. A time to greet the family will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. A memorial fund has been established for the family’s use.

Shawn was born January 1, 1967 in Lewistown, MT. She was raised there with her older brother Bill, by her parents Pam and Gene Rice. Shawn moved to the Council Bluffs, Shenandoah area, where lived and worked until she met her husband John Parks, in 2000. After a lengthy courtship, they moved together to the Oklahoma City area, where they were wed on May 26, 2007. Shawn joined Narcotics Anonymous fellowship on July 5, 1989. She has been a clean and sober, committed member ever since. This July 5 Shawn would have celebrated 28 years free. She was a true friend and mentor to countless people in the fellowship. Shawn has influenced many lives and has friends throughout the United States. She will be remembered for her quick wit, her supportive nature and her infectious laugh. Shawn was a fantastic cook, and enjoyed gardening, fleamarketing and buying and selling antiques. She also loved to talk and share with others.

Survivors include her husband John Parks, daughter Sarah Rowland and husband Jake, sisters: Kim Howard, Julie Day, Wendi Gilliam, stepsister Greer Dempster, and Sarah’s little sister Annie.

She was preceded in death by her father Gene Rice, her mother and stepfather Pam and Keith Dempster, and her older brother Bill.




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