Eleanor “Ellie” (King) Parker, age 88, of Climax Springs, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at her home. She was born in Miller County on January 23, 1925, daughter of the late Lafe and Grace (Clark) King.
Ellie owned and operated a souvenir shop in Arizona where she designed and sold one of the first Grand Canyon shirts. She later worked for Babitt Department Store as a model and sales manager. Ellie traveled to New York, Los Angeles, and Paris in pursuit of her modeling career.
Ellie was an avid golfer. She attended Montgomery Baptist Church near Greenview, Missouri.
She is survived by one son, Michael James Ryan of Tuscumbia; one daughter-in-law, Joan Ryan of Climax Springs; one sister, Marion Haggin; six grandchildren, Kevin, Valerie, Dwayne, Cassie, Kent, and Tyler; six great-grandchildren, Alex, Heather, Garry, Chyann, Keysha, and Haylee; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Vernon Ryan and Doc Parker; one brother, Glenn King and one sister, Shirley King.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., with a memorial service immediately following at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, February 19, at Fancher-Rekus Funeral Home in Iberia. Roger Fisher will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Tuscumbia.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eleanor Parker Memorial Fund.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.fancher-rekusfuneralhomes.com.