Isabell Lee (Thorne) Parks

February 12, 1926 ~ December 30, 2018 (age 92)

Mrs. Isabell Lee Thorne Parks, 92, wife of the late Owen Ashton Parks, Sr. and native of Tangier Island, VA, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Alice B. Tawe’s Nursing Home in Crisfield, MD.

Born February 12, 1926 on Tangier, she was the daughter of the late James W. Thorne and Hattie Chambers Thorne. As a young woman, Isabell moved from Tangier to Wilmington, DE, where she and Owen raised their children. For many years, she worked for the former Kennards Department Store, and once their children were older, she returned home to the island. Isabell was a member of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, a devoted wife and loving mother, and enjoyed cooking for friends and family.

Survivors include her son, Owen Ashton Parks, Jr. of Wilmington; sisters, Ginny Marshall, Gracie Pruitt, and Alice Crockett; brothers, Jack Thorne, Don Thorne and his wife Evelyn, all of Tangier, and Bob Thorne and his wife Frances of Alta Vista, VA; grandchildren, Jamie, Paul, Michael (Christine), and Stephen Parks, Carey Cline (Jessica), and Carli Piech (Steve); great-grandchildren, Paris, Paul, Jr., Jessica, Jake, Sofiana, Sydney, Evan, Justin, Nicholas, Marina, and Hayley; daughter-in-law, Marie Parks; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by four children, David W. Parks, Jeffrey L. Parks, Hugh J. Parks, and Rose Lee Parks.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Swain Memorial United Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., with The Reverend Nona F. Allen officiating. Interment will follow in the Thorne Family Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorial donations may be made to Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 199, Tangier, VA 23440.

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Arrangements by the Williams Funeral Homes, Onancock and Parksley.       

Donations may be made to:

Swain Memorial United Methodist Church
PO Box 199, Tangier VA 23440

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