Marian Virginia Parks White, the youngest of two children, was born on Friday, May 4, 1923 to Edgar Parks and Lillian Griffin Parks. Marian was the youngest of two children; her older sister, Blanch Parks Dix, predeceased her.
Marian attended the Accomack County Public Schools and graduated from Mary Nottingham Smith High School in 1940. In 1942, she married George Franklin White, Sr., with whom she celebrated seventy-two years of marriage. From this union, seven children were born; Dorothy predeceased her.
As a very young girl, Marian dedicated her life to Christ and joined Adams United Methodist Church, where she sang on the Senior Choir and served as Vice President of the United Methodist Women - an organization which was near and dear to her heart. She remained active until her relocation to Delaware.
Marian worked at Birds Eye Foods, but having several very young children at home, she quickly realized “home” was where her heart was and quickly returned to the job she cherished the most – a position of importance, the role of “homemaker” where she enjoyed caring for her husband and children. While being a homemaker, a luxury most families could not afford, she was also a cosmetologist “hair dresser” and loved this job because it allowed her the freedom to work in her home, where she could still be near her family. There are so many things we could say about our mother, and we all have our own favorite memories, but the most important thing we want to share is that she was a God-fearing woman who truly loved the Lord, her husband, her family, her friends, Adams United Methodist Church, and her “beloved” neighborhood of Whitesville. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. She filled the role of “mother” for many of her grandchildren during their early childhood years.
Marian was a woman of many names: “Sister,” “Sis,” “Ma Sis,” “Sis White,” and CHILD OF GOD. Our mother was a woman who was “Heaven Sent” for her husband and children. We thank her for the many, many fond memories and we thank her for allowing us to have her closer to us for the past five years, when she relocated to Delaware. This move allowed many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy having her closer to them, which gave them the opportunity to share their love for her. She loved her family more than anything and we truly loved her. She was always eager to offer words of wisdom, as she was concerned about the welfare of her loved ones and this love and concern never wavered. With her passing, we know we now have another guardian angel who will continue to guide and protect us every step of the way.
Those left to cherish her many memories are her six children: Jesse White, Rosann Baynard, & Rev. George, Jr. (Dorothy), all of Newark, DE, Marian Gunter (Vernon) of Onancock, VA, Jean Jamison of Smyrna, DE, and Zelda Cropper (Pervone) of Newark, DE; twelve grandchildren, Dina Griffin (Brian) of Middletown, DE, Mark White of Orlando, FL, Gena (Joel) Clark of Middletown, DE, Vernon Gunter, Jr. (Michelle) of Hampton, VA, Ryan Jamison (Ayesha) of Smyrna, DE, Turia Baker of Virginia Beach, VA, Keena Ware, George III, Shonga & Verdine White, all of Newark, DE; (Tiffany & Kodi Jamison – who pre-deceased her); thirty-six great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two nieces, Carolyn Parks of Asbury Park, NJ and Patricia Bagwell of Jackson, NJ; special first cousin, Augusta Floyd of Lakewood, NJ; a special cousin (who was like a daughter to her), Connie Mae Kinsey of Pocomoke, MD; special cousin, Bessie O. White; a very, very dear friend, Minnie Ridley (Bill) all of Parksley, VA; three great-nieces; five great-nephews; numerous great-great nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins, family and friends who will forever cherish their own memories while always giving “Thanks” for God’s grace and mercy and for allowing us the opportunity to share many years of life and love with our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, cousin & friend. Thank God for the opportunity to have been a part of her life and she a major part of ours.
Happy 95th Heavenly Birthday Mom!