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Parker Rural High School alumni gather for annual reunion

Updated: Jun 2, 2022

The Parker Rural High School Class of 1962 celebrated its 60-year reunion on Saturday at the Parker Elementary School. Class members attending included, front row from left, Ray Funk, Janice Woolsey Long, Joyce Ewert Roberts, Mary Creighton McKinney-Brown, Sharon McKinney Stewart; back row, Larry Kinder, Carolyn Wilson Dunlop and Nancy Finfrock Cox. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal, except where noted)

PARKER – The Parker Rural High School alumni met on Saturday, April 30, for its annual reunion. About 40 people attended the event at Parker Elementary School.

The classes that were honored were the Class of 1947, which celebrated its 75th anniversary; the Class of 1952, celebrating 70 years; the Class of 1962, marking 60 years; and the Class of 1967, celebrating 55 years. Jean Nickell of the Beagle community, Class of 1945, was the oldest alumnus to attend the event.

The Class of 1969 was the last class to attend the high school, because of the school district consolidation that led subsequent classes to attend Prairie View High School.

The PRHS Class of 1957 had its 65-year reunion. Class members attending included, from left, Gwenneth Alexander Nickell, Doris White Satchell, Maxine Ross Kinder Trinkle and Janice White Jordison.

After some time spent gathering in the school’s cafeteria getting reacquainted, the guests went to the gym for dinner. The dinner was served by members of the Parker Thunderbird 4-H club.

During the evening, the winners of the Parker Rural High School scholarships were announced. To qualify for the scholarships, the high school senior applicants must be related to an alumnus of the high school.

The recipients of the scholarships were Mariah Sutton Murphy of Nampa, Idaho, granddaughter of Donna Hampton Sutton, Class of 1960; Layton Hodgson of Paola, grandson of Willis Dean Hodgson (1954) and Beth Diehm (1955); and Alicia Sabine of Pleasanton, great-granddaughter of William Orland Hardy, Class of 1939.

The PRHS alumni board includes, from left, Doris White Satchell (1957), Al Kerr (1965), Rolleen Hampton Stites (1968), Connie Holderman Snyder (1968), Steve Kinder, treasurer (1965), Janice Woolsey Long (1962), Janice Cady Stahl, secretary (1958), Richard Chambers, president (1965), and Marilyn Hampton Rhoades, vice president (1963). (Photo by Judy Kinder)

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