Barbara Jean Parkison

Barbara “Barb” Jean Parkison died Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was seventy-four years old.

She was born on November 6, 1941, in Miami, Oklahoma. Barbara was the daughter of Lillian and William Fulton. Barbara was the oldest, and had two sisters whom she was very close with. Barbara is reunited with her parents, grandparents, and sisters, and will be dearly missed. Those who knew Barbara will surely remember her sweet and charismatic personality.

She graduated from Mulvane High School in 1959, and later earned a bachelor in education from Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1975. Barbara initially moved to Lawrence in 1981, later moving to Topeka, Kansas. Eventually she moved back to Lawrence with her husband in 2006, from Topeka. She worked as an administrator in the Department of Aging for the state of Kansas, until her retirement in 2004.

She married Woodrow “Woody” Parkison on June 22, 1964, in Joplin, Missouri. She was later blessed with three children; a daughter; Robin Willis, and two sons; Michael and Christopher Parkison. Barbara loved her family and cherished them deeply.

Barbara is survived by her husband, children, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one great grandchild on the way. Barbara was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and neighbor. She will live on in the memories of those who knew and loved her as the out-going woman she was.