By The Mercury

Laural Diane Parker, 66, of Chesterfield, Missouri, died October 30 at Mercy Hospital in St Louis.

The family provided some of the following information.

Diane was born April 22, 1947, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the oldest of four children of the late Norman and Joyce McCandless.

Diane graduated from Manhattan High School in 1965. She earned a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a teacher at Parkway Southwest Middle School in Ballwin, Mo., for nearly 23 years. 

Diane was a talented photographer and author of both children’s and adult novels. She published articles in Education St. Louis and the SCBWI journal. Her children’s book, “Violet Strong and the Happiness Thieves,” will be released this winter.

Diane is survived by her sisters, Janice Schrum of Lenexa and Terri Haggard of Glendale, Ariz.; and her brother Kevin McCandless of Nesbit, Miss. She was the beloved mother of three daughters, Lisa Parker Scott of St. Louis, and Loriane Parker and Mary Parker of Chesterfield, Mo.; and grandmother of Brian Parker Scott, 12, of St. Louis.

A memorial service was held Nov. 3 at the Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory in Ballwin, Mo.

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