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April 18th, 2021

mary parksULYSSES – Mary Kristin Clair Parks, 62, died Monday, April 5, 2021. 

She was born July 28, 1958, to Ruth and Rees Clair. 

She married Edward Parks in 1980. They later divorced.

Throughout her life, she was involved in music, playing several instruments and being part of the Argonne Rebels, an award-winning Drum & Bugle Corps based in Great Bend. She sang and played with and for family, friends and others.

She worked as a respiratory therapy technician at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal as she earned her bachelor’s degree in music education degree and later as a custodian and janitor at her church as she completed her teaching credentials. She touched hundreds of lives with her encouragement, skillful teaching, kindness and professionalism. She taught by example as she performed along with her students in various school bands and as a wonderful and prolific brass performer, singer and songwriter throughout Southwest and Central Kansas.

She was also involved in the music ministry at her church, Rose Lane Church of God in Ulysses. She had previously served at Risen Glory Church and Faith Tabernacle Church in Liberal. 

Survivors include children: Kristin Galvez and husband, Luciano, Matthew Parks, and Tyler Parks; grandchildren: Lexton Batie Parks, Luciano Galvez, and Brianna Galvez; mother-in-law, Jackie Molter, Liberal; sisters, Alicia Clair and husband, William Massie, Topeka, and Carol Spencer and husband, Michael, Warrensburg, Mo.; brother, Michael Clair and wife, Mary, Bushton: nephew, Brian Spencer and wife, Elisa, Olathe; niece, Emily Purnell and husband, David, Kansas City, Mo.; great-nephew, Eric Spencer; great-nieces, Charlotte and Samantha Purnell; and many other family and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her father-in-law, Gene Molter.

• There will be a celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Rose Lane Church of God in Ulysses, with Pastor Gerry Dupuis presiding. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2021 at the Kechi Township Cemetery at 6523 N. Hillside in Park City, with Pastor Gerry Dupuis officiating. The service will also be streamed on Garnand Funeral Home’s Facebook page. 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 7, 2021 at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. 

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of St. Catherine or Rose Lane Church of God in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave., Ulysses, KS 67880. 

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