In Loving Memory of Cecelia Antoinette Parks
March 16, 1941 - October 25, 2018
Cecelia Parks was born Cecelia Antoinette Prusienski, March 16, 1941, in Manhattan New York to her parents George Oakley & Clementine Prusienski.
She was 4 years old when they moved to Orange County California, where she grew up in Garden Grove, and her later years were spent in Long Beach.
In 1964 Cecelia married Melvin Parks and their first son was born Jason Parks, and as they resided in the City of Compton shortly after in 1966 their second son Johnny Parks was born.
After years of being a dedicated housewife and the neighborhood mom, where she cared for and fed all her son's friends as if they were her own. She began a career as a bartender working at the Long Beach Naval Base and well-known Los Angeles nightclubs and bars. As she became bored from the party scene, she started school again and graduated as a certified nurses assistant. She worked at hospitals like Long Beach VA, Gardena Memorial, & Los Alamitos, along with hospice houses and later as a live-in Care-Provider.
She later retired from a disability and spent her days cooking large meals for family or friends that came by to pay her a visit. She wouldn't let you leave unless your stomach was full and you took a to-go plate with you. Also, she was known to make you a mean Strawberry Margarita, that would make you do the Hucklebuck and the Funky Chicken.
In 2011 she was diagnosed with kidney failure, and in 2012 she began Dialysis treatments in which her youngest son Johnny left the Cable Company and remained by her side throughout her journey of the many health conditions. Johnny assured her that her struggle would not be alone. Together they both experienced GOD"s many blessing and miracles.
In early April 2018, Cecelia was diagnosed with lung cancer, and the road became a lil rough, but she was reminded of the grace and strength provided through our Lord Jesus Christ. As the months progressed, her health began to diminish in which doctors diagnosed it to be due to the lung cancer, and on October 25, 2018, GOD said "NO MORE," and called Cecelia home.
She leaves to mourn, son, Johnny Parks, daughter-in-law Angela Bennett, granddaughter, Alishia Carlton-Parks, grandson, Krystopher Parks and a host of relatives, family, and friends.