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On any given day you could find Veola Marbury Parker in her white pickup truck, traveling the roads of Coosa and Tallapoosa counties on a mission.
She was fulfilling her heart’s desire to help as many people as she could in their times of distress. Whether there was a need for food, clothing, or just to provide a visit for the sick and shut in, Veola would show up with her soft smile, love in her eyes, and a big red bow in her hair.
To support seniors and remind them of how much they’re valued, she delivered to them care packages. She personally delivered hundreds of bags filled with resources such as paper towels, toilet tissue, dish-washing liquid, and snacks that comforted people in their time of need.
Born October 13, 1944, in Coosa County, Veola’s death on August 24 dealt a huge loss to the communities she served.
At her graveside service, a crowd of her friends and family gathered to remember her life and all that she contributed. In the days following her death, tributes and messages about Veola continue to pour in from people whose lives were made all the better simply by knowing her.
She had her own work and her own family, but she took the time to make a huge difference to many people and groups throughout her life.
She was a faithful member of Marietta Baptist Church, where she was recalled as being one of the sharpest dressers on Sundays. She taught countless children in Sunday School over the years, leaving them with one of the best gifts by helping them build a relationship with their Father in heaven.
She was so passionate about encouraging children to learn more about Christ that Veola would pick them up if they needed a ride to church or take them to Vacation Bible School during the summer.
She was a gifted storyteller and loved discussing the Bible as she traveled around the community. Veola dedicated much of her life to being an advocate for veterans through her work with American Legion Post 339. She also was a tireless fundraiser for her beloved CCTS/JD Thompson High School Alumni Association.
The list of good works she did over her life goes on and on. She was faithful in all of her endeavors until her health prevented her from doing the things she loved.
As we celebrate her heavenly birthday this month, let us honor her memory by continuing her legacy of showing love by preparing a care package, buying lunch, preparing a meal, making a phone call, or giving someone encouraging words.
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