Cornelia M. Parkinson, age 97, left for her next adventure Nov. 4, 2022. Born to Nelle (Price) and Frederick McNary in Casey IL, she was predeceased by her parents, brother Fred, and former husband Richard W Parkinson. She leaves daughters Cassandra (Owen 'Buck') Adams, Claudia Parkinson and Cornelia (Jeffrey) Iles, grandchildren Michelle Adams, Christopher (Tinen) Iles and Abbey (Mark) Gore, and great-grands Caris and Lily Iles and Makenzie Gore, distant family members, and friends (you know who you are!)
Graduated Reynoldsburg High School 1943; founding member of Reynoldsburg Truro Historical Society (RTHS), member Good Will Club, National League of American Pen Women, in "Who's Who", Secretary to RHS Superintendent Heischman for many years. Try keeping a secret when your mom's in the building. . .
A writer most of her life, from a school play to a book at age 10 to editor of the first Reynolian to 29 published books -some international bestsellers- to a multitude of local history books, including "History of Reynoldsburg and Truro Township", she loved research, genealogy, and words and their usage. She continued researching and writing to the end.
Connie remained fiercely independent and said yes to any adventure offered. She is one of the few people who improved with age, probably due to her continued voracious reading and her dedication to spiritual work. In later years, watching the critters visiting her birdbath became a joy.
Following cremation, visiting hours will be noon to 2 pm with celebration of life at 2 pm at Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main, Reynoldsburg on Friday Nov. 11. She lived a primarily joyous life, and wants people to laugh at her send-off- "only your best funny stories", please. Visit Cotner's website: www.cotnerfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, Connie would like donations to RTHS, PO Box 144, Reynoldsburg OH 43068.