Gretchen H. Parkins, 84, Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Brazil, died Dec. 8, 2011, at 5 a.m.
She was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Clay County, the daughter of Herman and Laura Long Culler.
Gretchen was married to Chauncey Marvin Parkins March 28, 1948. Together they owned and operated their family farm south of Interstate-70.
She was a member of Prairie City United Methodist Church. Gretchen enjoyed quilting with a ladies group at mt. Calvary/Van Cleve Church.
She was always busy with needle work, doing embroidery, sewing, knitting and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her infant son Dwight, her husband Marvin Parkins, son-in-law David Rader, and siblings Gladys Woodburn, Katherine Montgomery, Margaret Modesitt, George Culler, Paul Culler, Richard Culler and Gene Culler.
Survivors include her children Mary Kumpf and husband Bill, Lascassas, Tenn., Stella Rader, Greenville, S.C., Charles Parkins and wife Kathi, Maryville, Tenn., 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, sisters Harriett Dalton, Pimento, Ind., and Dorothy Johnson, Patricksburg, Ind., nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services will take place Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at 11 a.m., at French Funeral Home, with Rev. Myron James officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the funeral home, from 4-8 p.m.
Memorials may be given to Prairie City Church for youth and community ministry in lieu of flowers.