Celebration of the Life of Nettie Jean Parker: Born Nettie Jean Mosley Sunrise: December 25th, 1934. Sunset:July 29, 2018. Nettie Jean Parker departed peacefully from this life on Sunday morning, July 29, 2018, at the Delmar Gardens of Overland Park, Kansas. She was eighty-four years of age, and died of natural causes. She was born in the city of Pittsburg, Texas, county of Camps to Richard and Lena Mosley. Her older brother Wendell is deceased. She is survived by her second husband,… Read More » Thomas Parker, two sons, Ricky and Keith Smith, grandchildren, Julian, Corrinne, Alexander, and great grandchildren, Michaiah, Sarai, Elijah and Kezia. Nettie graduated from Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kansas in 1953. Shortly thereafter, she met and married her first husband, Henry Smith. Two sons were born from this union, Ricky and Keith. After her marriage dissolved, Nettie and her mother Lena, Ricky, and Keith moved to Newark, NJ to join her older brother Wendell. Following in the footsteps of her mother and brother, she joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Nettie was a devout Seventh-day Adventist and was often referred to by community members as “Ms. Nettie.” She was baptized at Trinity Temple Seventh-day Adventist church in Newark, NJ in the early 1970s. While at Trinity Temple, Nettie was an active member volunteering her personal time, singing in the choir, teaching Bible study classes, joined women’s ministries, and ministering to community members seeking her guidance. Nettie was devoted to Christ and her unconditional love continued to be a positive influence in the lives of her immediate and extended family and in the community during her time in New Jersey. In the late 1980s, Nettie began working at East Orange General Hospital in New Jersey as the Volunteer Coordinator. This position allowed Nettie to expand her devotional spirit to the broader community. More importantly, it allowed for her to work with, care for and enrich the lives of the patients’ living at the hospital’s extended-care facility. She brought to the position a sense of purpose, innovation, thoughtfulness, and care. Nettie was well liked by all who met her and modeled her Christian values of service, care, and generosity. Nettie always looked to grow and take on more challenges throughout her life. One of her favorite phases was “I’m on my beat!” In early 2000, she decided to expand her helping-spirit abilities by becoming a massage therapist. She found anatomy very challenging. Nevertheless, Nettie completed her certification requirements and started a practice working with infirm and home-bound community members. The photo above captures her joy at receiving her certification as a massage therapist. Upon her return to Kansas City in 2010, Nettie resided at Ridgeview Village in Olathe. She attended both New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church in Overland Park and Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kansas City. Nettie’s powerful loving spirit will be greatly missed by family, friends, and community. Words of comfort: • Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. • Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted • Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth • Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled • Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy • Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. • A Mother’s Love How lonely is the world without a mother’s love Unconditional, unwavering, piercing love, sustaining you through the war How lonely is the world without a mother’s love Eyes for only you, constantly seeing all that you are, all that you will be Hope eternally is the world with a mother’s love Keeping you centered and grounded as the world unravels around How lonely is the world without a mother’s love Enduring the pain of your arrival, welcoming you with open arms of love Feeding you, bathing you, wrapping you in a bundle of joy How lonely is the world without a mother’s love There is no world without a mother’s love May I always be blessed with my mother’s love. Keith E. Smith
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Nettie Jean Parker 2018.
Death notice for the town of: Kansas City, state: Kansas