Helen M. Parker | Obituary


CHAMPAIGN – Helen Marie Parker, affectionately known as Pooh Pooh, was born to the late Henry Allen and Eular Mae Henderson on December 19, 1942 in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. She was raised with Christian values ​​by her mother and stepfather, the late Junies Henderson, in Champaign and was a baptized member of the Champaign West Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She was predeceased by two children, Jahna and Jaja; her ex-husband, Thomas Parker; and his brother, Theodore “Ted” Allen.

Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her children, Gayle Starks, Thomas Parker Jr., Tanya Parker and Mary Ash; nine grandchildren, Jamal Parker, Brittany Starks, Trequon Peacock, Jada Caston, Michael Starks, Joshua Parker, Kalecia Wilder, Jerimiah Parker and Kaleb Massenburg; three great-grandchildren, Kalijah Britt, Tristan Byrd and Taya Byrd; a loving sister, Sylvia Vonner (John); three brothers, Henry Allen Jr. (Lillie), Andrew Allen (Stacy), and Clyde Allen; and a host of relatives and friends.

Helen worked for many years as a librarian at Garden Hills Elementary School and later retired from Patterson Dental, where she worked in human resources as an OSHA and safety manager. In her abundant life, she was an entrepreneur who owned D&H Barbeque, Fresh Catch Fish Market, and real estate.

With her loving heart, she was a caretaker to more than foster children in her home and a friend to many. She was known for being easy to talk to, giving honest advice and being the life of the party.

With a deep love for the family, its lessons and legacy will be cherished and passed on to generations to come.

A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 3 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 1215 W. Bradley Ave., Urbana, IL 61801. The eulogist will be the Reverend Rickey Parks. Tours begin at 10 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Services will be streamed live on the funeral home’s Facebook page.

Condolences can be sent to leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.

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