Holly Lynne “Lou” Parks

1964-2024

Holly Lynn “Lou” Webb Parks, age 60, of Edmond, OK went home Sunday, June 9, 2024. She was surrounded by her loving family. Holly was born February 7, 1964 in Guthrie, OK to Doyle Sr. and Ann Webb. She graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1982. Marrying her high school sweetheart Jay Parks, on June 7, 1985, they embarked on a 39 year adventure full of love and laughter. After helping Jay achieve his CPA license, Holly attended the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in accounting and achieved her CPA license. Together Holly and Jay built a successful accounting practice. Holly was the backbone of the growth and opportunities for the practice because of her work ethic and innovative management style. She was a hard worker and loved engaging and serving her clients, all while balancing being a mother, a wife, and an entrepreneur.  

Holly was a loving and dedicated mother to her son Colby and daughter Mackenzie. Always there with a listening ear and thoughtful advice. She provided the strength her family needed with a gentle and compassionate grace, never seeking the spotlight, but always a beacon of light. Holly loved her role as a grandmother and relished any time spent watching them play, learn, and grow. They were all perfect in Mimi’s eyes.

Family was the center of Holly’s life. Never missing an opportunity to be with family and extended family, she loved her role as baby sister to Ed and second mom to whom the family referred lovingly as her “much younger sister” Jane. Laugher was always at the center of their time together.

Dedicated to serving both God and her community, Holly was a member of the Edmond Church of Christ for over 30 years. Fluent in Spanish, Holly traveled to Nicaragua more than ten times, teaching Sunday School and working with the children and families of those communities.  She also served the local Edmond community providing marriage mentoring and ministry along with her husband, Jay.

Holly’s love of helping others led her to pursue training as a mental health counselor. Beginning a new chapter in her life she earned a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2015. As her training came to a close, Holly started to notice something was not quite right. For the next 2 years, she went from doctor to doctor attempting to understand the source of her cognitive decline. In 2018 Holly was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and began the greatest fight of her life. A kind and loving spirit, the disease was never able to take her essence. All those who knew and cared for her never forgot her beautiful smile and playful spirit.

Holly was preceded in death by her father, Doyle Webb Sr and nieces Ashley Parks and Becky Hays.

Holly is survived by husband Jay Parks, son Colby Parks and his wife Kayla, daughter Mackenzie O’Mealey, her husband Chris, grandchildren Lanie, Caden, Cassidy, Jaxsen, and Declan. She is also survived by her mother, Ann Webb, brother Ed Webb and his wife Jan, and sister Jane Webb. Holly will be missed by so many, including uncles, aunts, cousins, and many many nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.

The family would like to say a special Thank You to the staff at Iris Memory Care who so lovingly cared for Holly. Your kindness, compassion, and support did not go unnoticed.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 11 from 5-7pm at Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond. Services will be held at the Edmond Church of Christ, Wednesday, June 12 at 2 pm followed by a reception and Time to Remember from 5-10 pm. Details will be provided at the service. If unable to attend the service please reach out to a family member for details on the reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Holly and Jay’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s team Heart Songs.

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11 thoughts on “Holly Lynne “Lou” Parks”

  1. Wayne Frost and Amy Frost

    This is from Wayne and Amy Frost . Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Parks family. Holly was much loved and has always been a joyful experience for anyone whoever met her. Made the Lord ease the pain of her passing for all of you.

  2. Lyle Kelsey

    Dear Jay & Family:
    For those of us who have lost spouses, know all too well the heartache you feel and will go through. There are no right words or condolences other than I will continue to keep you in my prayers that God’s Spirit who lives “in you” will give you “the Peace that passes all understanding!”
    Love to you,
    Lyle Kelsey

  3. Julien and Natalie Boussontié

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. May God strengthen you and keeps you safe and well.

    Many blessings!!

  4. Kevin Bray

    Holly was a perfect match to Jay and they had a storybook romance and marriage.

    I first met her in Mrs. Birdwells English class, 8th grade. Some years later she worked with the Girlscouts program in the area.

    The last time I ever talked to her, by chance, I ran into her on the sidewalk of the Tanger Outlet in Branson, Missouri. She was looking for her husband.

    I suspect now that she was already experiencing the onset of Alzheimer’s.

    Prayers for the family

  5. Dear Jay,
    I am so sorry to hear of Holly’s diagnosis and passing. She was always someone I admired deeply and am praising our Lord for eternity with Him. I pray for you and your family that the Lord will meet you in your deepest needs.
    Blessings for each hour,
    Emily Blaess

  6. Liz Michael

    Jay –
    I am so very shocked and sorry to hear of Holly’s passing and will praying for the Lord’s great peace which passeth understanding to cover you in the days to come.
    God bless you,
    Liz Michael

  7. bgott@outlook.com

    My deepest apology to Jay and family; also Jane and Ed. They were neigbhors for a long time. What a delightful girl Holly was. Her and her sister were fun to be with. I know her place in heaven is ready and no more suffering. God rest her soul. Love, peace, and prayers. Love, Bernadette Gottschalk

  8. Our memories of Holly come from the years she coached our daughter in soccer. Kind and patient she always showed love and respect for the girls. A good time was has by all, players and parents. Our deepest condolences go to Jay, Mackenzie and Colby, a well as the rest of the family.

  9. Janet Helton

    The first time I met Holly in high school and youth group at Edmond C of C I knew she was a kind person from the smile and appearance of her face.

    Jay, Bob and I are praying for you and the entire family. May God give you peace and comfort. The service was beautiful, even online. We wanted to be there.

  10. Jean Adams

    There are so many memories…I’ve known Holly since she was a junior in high school. Had the privilege of watching Holly’s and Jay’s romance bloom and their marriage grow. I loved knowing she was my sister in Christ. She was special in so many ways; wife, mother, servant, missionary, and a warrior always with Jay by her side. She will be greatly missed and remembered always. Angels rejoice at her arrival!

  11. Jay,
    Since I first ran into you at Iris after my mother became struck by her dreadful sudden disease, we have formed a bond that is unexplainable. My love for you and Holly and your love for my mother and I is unique, strong, and we don’t have to try to explain, it just exists. It’s a beautiful thing we share even though created from events of tragedy and daily ups and downs. You understand. You fought the battle for so long and established a role model for others to follow. Your battle has ended with dignity and you gave Holly the very best anyone could give. Mine continues and the future only our Lord knows. It’s a scary unknown path but I know you are always there and brother, that means so much. Thank you for giving me a path to follow thru your example. Thank you sweet Holly for knowing you the last year plus and seeing, feeling your greatness that shined thru. Lots of Love your way.

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