Linda Jean (Brodmerkel) Parks passed away May 28, 2021 at her home in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Linda was born in Alexandria, Virginia on March 15th, 1943 to Mary Elizabeth and Donald L. Brodmerkel. She called many places home throughout her childhood including Pennsylvania, New York and Colorado and graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 1961. She attended college in Grove City, PA where she majored in music.
Linda was working as an executive assistant for U.S. Steel in Pittsburg, PA when she met Jim Parks – the love of her life. They were married on June 29th, 1968 in Atlanta, GA and lived their lives together in Homestead, FL, Idaho Falls, ID and Oak Ridge, TN. Linda and Jim adopted two children, Nancy and David and gave them all of the best opportunities in life. Linda was a lifetime musician and had a great love of singing, playing piano, guitar and participating in different church and handbell choirs. She spent many years sharing her love of music with her family and communities in Idaho Falls and Oak Ridge. She enjoyed being a homemaker, a room mother, a scout leader, and a friend to many. She was also an avid animal lover and had many pets throughout the years and supported many animal charities and organizations. She enjoyed Bible study groups and attended the United Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Idaho Falls.
Linda loved to travel with her family and friends and share adventures with her grandkids. She loved to dress up and decorate for holidays and turn any occasion into an elaborate one. If you asked Linda about her family she would always include the ones she called grandkids – Lindsey, Shanice, Zak, AJ, Abby, Spencer, Elijah, Maggie, CJ and Alleiah. She had a big heart for all of her “in-laws and outlaws,” as she called them, and treasured her time as “Granny P.”
Linda was proceeded in death by her parents, Donald L. Brodmerkel and Mary Elizabeth Williams, her sister Nancy C. Brodmerkel and her husband, James T. Parks. She is survived by her son, David Parks of Charleston, SC and daughter Nancy Keller of Idaho Falls, ID. Grandchildren include Abigail, Spencer and Alleiah Parks and Alexander Paynter and a great grand-daughter Annabel Rose Parks.
We will be celebrating Jim and Linda’s 53rd wedding anniversary at Holly Hill Cemetery in Fairburn, GA on June 29th, at which time she will be laid to rest with Jim. We would like to ask for others to celebrate this joyous reunion with us! In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local animal shelter or wildlife rehabilitation center.
I became friends with Linda when we were both working at U.S. Steel and remained friends for all these many years. I will miss her quirky sense of humor. We laughed together over so much, so often. I’ll miss the silly phone calls and her support during serious times. She was my friend in the truest sense of the word – one of my very best friends.