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Obituary: Diana V. (Sheldon) Parks

Published January 9, 2017 at 12:53 a.m.
Updated September 6, 2019 at 11:20 a.m.

Diana V. (Sheldon) Parks
  • Diana V. (Sheldon) Parks

Diana V. (Sheldon) Parks, Age: 77

Diana Parks went to sing with the angels on January 4, 2017. She was born on January 23, 1939 to Richard and Vonda (Hallock) Sheldon. Diana graduated from Vergennes High School in 1958. She married William Parks in 1958 and they raised their children, Craig, Jeffrey, and Peggy Parks. Diana then started her career, as a cook for Allenbrook Home for Boys where she met her friend, Fr. Robert Baffa, and later at the UVM Newman Center. She was also a cook at Millie’s Diner (her beer and cheddar soup being a customer favorite) and at Project Independence in Middlebury. Diana’s most recent career was her favorite, 17 years as a seamstress at the VT Teddy Bear Company, where she made many close friends. A few even became family to her. Diana was known to have an angelic voice and she sang in the church choir for over 40 years, including at weddings and funerals. Her faith was a huge part of her life. Diana is survived by her son, Craig Parks (and partner, Krista), her daughter, Peggy, her special granddaughter, Jasmine Parks (and fiancé, Lucas), her other grandchildren, Bryan-Michael, Ryan, Joshua, Tyler, Zachary, and Alexandra, her five great-grandchildren, her siblings, Gary (and Mary) Sheldon, Gail Sheldon, Connie (and Peter) Goodrich, John (and Cathy) Sheldon, Noreen Sheldon, Randy (and Diane) Sheldon, Keith (and Annie) Craig, and her in-laws, Joan (and “Turtle”) Panton and Harvey Smith, her many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and her beloved friends, Jane and Charlie Huizenga, Matthew Borden, and Russ and Lenore Gates. Diana was predeceased by her son, Jeffrey Parks, her sister, Patricia Smith, and her “old husband”, William Parks. Diana spent many happy hours at Project Independence of Addison County during her final years (she referred to it as “going to work”), so in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Project Independence in Middlebury. A celebration of Diana’s life is planned for April 29th at 1:00 at the Vergennes Congregational Church because spring was her favorite time of year. Interment will follow at Sunset View Cemetery in Waltham.

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