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Denise Maurine Parker, 59, of Topeka, died October 18.

The family provided some of the following information.

Denise was born in Topeka on Feb. 22, 1954. She was the daughter of Thomas and Doris (DeVolld) Hart. She grew up in Westmoreland and graduated from high school there. She attended one year at Washburn University and then entered Stormont-Vail School of Nursing, graduating in 1975. She later attained her bachelor’s degree at St. Mary of the Plains College and went on to get her master’s degree at the University of Kansas, becoming a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health issues.

She spent twenty years working at Stormont-Vail and Cotton O’Neil Clinic and she worked from 1999 until her retirement in 2011 at Lincoln Center.

She and Michael Parker were united in marriage in Westmoreland on July 2, 1977. He survives of the home.

Denise belonged to Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority while at Washburn, was an honors graduate at KU and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Denise was always a loving mother and a devoted wife, enjoying baking, traveling with her family, camping, boating and water skiing. She was an avid reader, a sports fan and even for a time, she and Mike opened their home to become a hockey billet for the local junior hockey team, the Topeka Roadrunners. Denise’s good sense of humor kept her family and her patients at ease, as it was certainly a key trait in her personality.

Denise is also survived by her sons, John of Topeka and Daniel of Lawrence; a sister, Carol Hanson of Manhattan; a brother, James Hart of Manhattan; and her father, Thomas Hart of Westmoreland. She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Hart.

A memorial service for Denise will be on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 SW Burlingame Road in Topeka, with a reception to follow in the church basement. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Easter Seals Capper Foundation or Helping Hands Humane Society of Topeka, sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614.

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