Martha Lenora Parks was born May 13, 1937, in Bradenton, Florida. Her parents were William Everett and Mildred (Tolar) DeSear, Sr.; siblings, Violet Mims (Tom), Betty Sexton (Bill), Velma Godwin (Buck), Bill DeSear (Sandy Craven), and Wynona DeSear. She married Henry Lawton Parks August 21, 1966. They had six children, Nancy Bryant (Mike), Joyce Toler (Miles), Larry Parks, Chris McLeod, Mary Hilton, and Marsha Parks; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Martha was a member of Myakka City Baptist Church, The Florida Cattlemen Association, Florida Cattlewomen, and Florida Farm Bureau. She was a school bus driver for Manatee district schools for 23 years, most of those years hauling special needs children. She loved her children and everybody else’s. She had a God-given voice; She loved to sing for the Lord and for everybody else.
She passed away July 2, 2019. The viewing will be Friday, July 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton, Florida. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Myakka Family Worship Center in Myakka City, Florida. Graveside service to follow at New Zion Cemetery in Ona, Florida, and a time of fellowship with a meal back at the Myakka Family Worship Center.