The tiny Native American baby appeared to be only a week old when she was left by and unknown young woman upon the front steps of a small church in Hugo, Oklahoma on a cold and snowy December day in 1906. Times were tough then, but baby girl Roxie Ella flourished even though she was never adopted, graduated from public schools and later married a hard working local boy named James Henry Parks. Together, they began a John Deere dealership in Hugo, Okla., but lost their home and business in the economic crash of the 1920’s. Thereafter Roxie and Henry moved to the booming oilfield town of Seminole, Oklahoma in 1926 where they began a Pharmacy called "Parks Drug” which became a popular family drug store in Seminole until finally closing in 2006. Roxie and Henry raised four children including their youngest daughter Adrienne Anderson, a resident of Stillwater’s Golden Oaks Village, who filed for a permanent change of address with the US Post Office on January 6th of this year following a brief but aggressive illness at Stillwater Medical Facility.
Adrienne was a "looker" when she graduated from Seminole High School, and she caught the eye and heart of Harry Anderson, a recent graduate of Seminole Junior Business College. They soon married on December 26th, 1943 in Seminole and moved to Lawton, Okla. where Harry began work with the Civil Service at Fort Sill. Harry predeceased Adrienne in 2006. Adrienne was a skilled cook having to prepare family meals for her brothers' and sister's friends who had no place to eat or sleep in the difficult economic years of the early 1930's in Seminole. She became a talented seamstress who also managed the kitchen and household for her entire family beginning at age eight when her Mom became paralyzed and bed ridden. The Parks family were generous people, and their nightly supper table often included twenty people or more who thereafter often slept on the living room floor because they were homeless and hungry. Adrienne treated all of them like family.
Adrienne loved to serve others. She was a marvelous "homemaker" in the purest sense of that oft forgotten talent and praise. She was not only a Christ believer, but also a Christ follower. She saw God's hand in all seasons of her life. She was a marvelous source of support and encouragement for her children and grandchildren. She was quiet and reflective, but earned the nickname, “Speedy", by Golden Oaks residents because she hustled along with her walker from one place to another. When it was time to move on, it was time to move on!
After her children were living outside the home, she worked in retail and real estate finance for many years in Lawton. She was truly an amazing midcentury renaissance woman. We remember her early 1940 photographs in which she resembled a young actress on the set of later twentieth century produced movies featuring the events of WW II like "1942", “Tora,Tora,Tora”,and more recently "Pearl Harbor”. That's one of the ways we will s remember her.
Her husband Harry Anderson, her two brothers Henry and Philip Parks, and her sister Marie Criswell Potts predeceased her. She is survived by her daughter Mary Barnes and her husband Steve of Edmond, her son Paul Anderson, and his wife Linda of Stillwater; grandchildren Luke Anderson and his wife Terri of Dallas, Seth Anderson, of Denver, Margaret Ann Crump, and her husband Bonar, of Austin Texas; Michelle Marie Parks, and her husband Deryck of Euless, Texas; Merry Katherine Wilson , and her husband Gary of Houston , Texas; great grandchildren ,Kiley Parks, Caden Parks ,Raegan Wilson, ,Ryleigh Wilson, Sydney Crump; and Jacob Anderson together with the extended family members of the Parks, Koster, and Barton families .
Mary and PA wish to commend the medical staff on the third floor of the SMC hospital including the SMC Hospitalist Team for their remarkable compassionate care, concern, and treatment. A graveside service for the family will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole , Oklahoma on Tuesday, January 12th , at 2:00 PM. Contributions in lieu of flowers should be made to Sunnybrook Christian Church in Stillwater, Okla.
Adrienne was loved, and she will be long remembered. She was 92 years young.
P.S. Any member of the family would be glad to provide directions to Adrienne’s new home address. She would love to see you!