On June 15, 2022, Mary Eunice Fennell-Parker, 95, went home to be with the Lord.
Mary was born in Tarrant City, Alabama December 22, 1926, to John Allison and Annie Laurie Fennell. She is survived by three children, Allison Duffer, Penny Perot, and Barry Parker, and her brother John Allison Fennell Jr. of Pompano Beach, Florida. She had three grandchildren, Chad Duffer, Julia Duffer, and Melissa Perot, and two great-grandchildren, Finn and Ava Duffer.
In 1964 she heeded the call of the Lord and gave her heart to Jesus. For the next 35 years, she and her husband, Wayne, dedicated their home to hosting Bible studies and Christian Fellowships. She was actively involved in the leadership of several churches, including Southern Methodist Church of Huffman, Faith Chapel of Huffman, Parkway Christian Fellowship, Springville Road Community Church, and Sugarcreek Christian Fellowship.
Mary was known throughout Eastern Birmingham as a major influence in women’s Bible studies during the Christian Revival of the late 1960s and early 1970s. She gave many years as a volunteer at the downtown Jimmie Hale Mission and was part of an international missions team to Belgium.
In her later years, Mary was well known as an accomplished award-winning artist specializing in oil and watercolor mediums. Many of her works were on display at the public library in Oneonta, Alabama, where she lived until her death.
Services will be held Monday, June 20, at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the service will commence at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Jimmie Hale Mission and to Amedisys Hospice Care.