Nora Lee Parks

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Mrs. Nora Lee Parks, 93, wife of the late Richard Barnes Parks, passed away peacefully at her home in Accomac on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Born Sept. 15, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Les and Beulah Parks. She was predeceased by her sister, Madeline P. Holland.

Nora graduated from Accomac High School and the Goldey Beacon Business School. Before starting her family, she worked at E.S. Adkins and the former REA. After starting her family, she served as the bookkeeper for Parks Brothers Farming Operation.

The original multitasker worked from her scrupulously clean home with the aroma of her famous Neenie Rolls, cinnamon bread, and delicious cakes wafting through the kitchen while her typewriter clickity-clacked out the weekly ZBC bulletins. When the church doors were open, she was there, always ready to do her part.

Nora Lee had high expectations for her girls and they wanted to please her – from report cards to picking up pine cones and sticks.

She lost her partner of 68 years, the love of her life, and is now survived by her daughters, Bonnie P. McJilton and her husband, Mike, of Accomac; Ann P. Aleo and her husband, Chris, of Spotsylvania, Va.; and Dickye P. Reese and her husband, Ken, of Fredericksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Bert Wessells and wife, Mandi, Laura Bloxom and husband, Joe, Trever Aleo and wife, Lindsey, Jeremey Aleo, Matt McJilton, Michael McJilton and wife, Deirdre, Tyler Reece, and Morgan Reece; great-grandchildren, Harper and Nora Wessells, Trenton, Owen, Ethan, and Watson Bloxom, and Adriana McJilton; a sister, Lesley Rew; and a brother, Wayne Parks and his wife, Dale.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 25, 2020, from Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Andrew Matthews officiating. Interment was private in the Parksley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Baptist Church, c/o Ann Kellam, 26485 Lang Farm Road, Accomac, VA 23301.

Arrangements are by the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley.
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