Marilynn Catherine Parker (McFadden) was born on April 26, 1937 in the small farming community of Florence, Ontario, Canada. At age 17 Marilynn went to nursing school in Chatham, Ontario where she made many life-long friends. Her first job was a year-long nursing position on the island of Bermuda. Upon returning to Ontario, her life changed when she met home-builder David F. Parker on a blind date. They fell in love. Because Marilynn had won the “Miss Grand Bend” beauty pageant she was obligated to compete in the Miss Canada Pageant. David was thrilled when she finished as a runner-up to Miss Canada and he took the opportunity to propose to her that night. They married three months later on October 15th, 1960.
Over the next 56 years Marilynn and David went on to have four sons, lived in 14 homes in nine cities / four countries / 3 continents (Sarnia, Ontario, E. Lansing, MI, Albany, NY, Buffalo, NY, Richmond, VA, Cairo, Egypt, Milton Keynes, UK, Orlando, FL) settling in Atlantic Beach, Florida in the summer of 1982. On this journey Marilynn maintained her nursing career and made countless friends along the way.
Marilynn loved the game of Bridge and was a fierce competitor, achieving a coveted “Life Master” designation. She also shared the passions of her husband, which included skiing, traveling and his love of Barbershop singing (with the Big Orange Chorus of Jacksonville).
Most important of all was Marilynn’s love of family and friends. Her home and her arms were always open. Her smile, warmth, good humor, and love of life was always on display.
Marilynn passed quietly at home on Tuesday, March 26. Marilynn is preceded in death by beloved husband of 56 years David F. Parker (deceased July 2017), who was her steadfast companion and with whom she was blessed to enjoy many adventures and many friends throughout her life, and by her second son Stephen George William Parker (deceased May 2010). She is survived by her beloved brother Glenn McFadden (Nell, deceased), her sons, John Christopher Edwin Parker, David Walter Buchanan Parker and Daniel James McFadden Parker, daughter in-laws Cindy Zimmermann Parker, Jackie Parker and Ashley Parker, grandchildren Joshua Johnson, Eric Parker, Rainey Zimmermann, Jacob Parker (and Samantha Parker), Reide Zimmermann, Emma Parker, Quinn Parker, and Karys Parker; and great grandsons, Thomas Parker (and his mother Jena Blanchard) and Atlas Parker.
The family offers two suggestions for charitable giving: The American Heart Association (www.donatenow.heart/org/ ); and The Colon Cancer Foundation (
An informal Memorial will be held on Sunday April 28th, 2019 at the Atlantic Beach Country Club in Atlantic Beach, Florida from a time to be determined.