Marjean Jo Parker, 90, Carbondale: Nov. 2, 1931 – April 14, 2022 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Marjean Jo Parker, 90, Carbondale: Nov. 2, 1931 – April 14, 2022

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Marjean Jo Parker, 90, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Thursday April 14, 2022, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. She was born Nov. 2, 1931, in Carbondale, the daughter of William Waetzig and Wilda (Cain) Waetzig.

Marjean was a lifelong Carbondale resident, graduating from Carbondale High School with the class of 1949.

On Aug. 13, 1950, Marjean was united in marriage to Robert Parker, in Topeka, Kan. They shared 71 years of loving marriage.

Marjean was a lifelong homemaker, but she held several side jobs throughout her life. She babysat for many kids, ironed clothing, sold Avon, was a longtime librarian for the Carbondale Library, and was a tax preparer for several years.

She was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, Topeka. She was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church, Topeka, prior to its closing. She was active in the church over the years as member of the church choir and the LWML group of the church.

Marjean was a very creative soul. Her artistic side had always shown through in the many gifts she was blessed with. She loved to sew, knit and crochet, and made crocheted tree top angels for family and friends. She made many quilts over the years for the church. She could draw beautiful pictures and made her own Nativity that was a beautiful piece of art. She was an amazing cook and always had cookies or pies that she would make for family and friends. She decorated cakes for family and friends. She was an active Girl Scout leader and a Boy Scout den mother. She loved story hour at the library and was always excited to lead that time for the community children. She was also a singer and was a part of the MI music group that performed at area nursing homes and several other functions. She loved her family and dedicated her life to supporting them in whatever way she could.

Marjean was preceded in death by her parents, William and Wilda Waetzig; grandson, Toby Bedigrew; grandson-in-law, Tim Vasquez; and all six of her siblings, George, Patty, Billee, Scott, Phillip and Delores.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Parker, Carbondale; son, Kelly Parker, Carbondale; two daughters, Tonya Hanft and her husband, Stan, Fort Collins, Colo., and Laurinda Bedigrew and her husband, Jim, Carbondale; five grandchildren, Amy Vasquez, Patrick Bedigrew, Matthew Hanft, Derek Bedigrew, Sarah Maes; and six great grandchildren, Sophia, Elle, Toby, Eivin, Coral, and Ginger.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 29, at the Christ Lutheran Church, 3509 SW Burlingame Road, Topeka, with a viewing prior to the service at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Carbondale Cemetery, Carbondale. The family will receive friends for visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, Overbrook, KS.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Capper Foundation, Midland Hospice, or Christ Lutheran Church, and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524.Condolences can be left at

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