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Rachel P. Parks

  • On January 29, 2020

Rachel Patricia (Peisen) Parks died January 26th, 2020 at the age of 48.  She is survived by her children Alison “Alix” and Josephine “Josie” Parks and former husband James “Jay” Parks of Hagerstown, MD as well as siblings from her father’s previous marriage and numerous cousins. She is preceded in death by her mother Dr. Judith Nancy Peisen, father Gary Lane Peisen, sister Shireen F. Peisen, grandparents Justin Joseph Francis and Bertha Elizabeth (Leppanen) Francis.

Rachel was born on March 17, 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts. She moved to Hagerstown, MD at a young age and graduated from Saint James School in 1989. Rachel continued her education at William Smith College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. She returned to Hagerstown to start a career as a graphic designer at Hagerstown Community College.  Rachel loved and adored her daughters more than anything.  Alix and Josie brought an infinite amount of pride, joy, laughter, and love.  Rachel was a generous, giving person with the gift of a quick wit, keen sense of humor, and the ability to motivate and uplift her friends and family.  She loved travelling, especially to her beloved Martha’s Vineyard and Disneyworld. Her smile, commentary, and laughter will be sorely missed.

A funeral is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 3rd at The Saint James School Chapel with a reception to follow at the Saint James School dining hall at 17641 College Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740. The Rev. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rachel’s life. Images are being collected at Rachel Parks Memorial on dropevent.com for a slide show and all are encourage to submit photos they have of Rachel. Arrangements entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, Pittsburgh, PA.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Rachel Parks Memorial Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/f/rachel-parks-memorial-fund.



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Jennifer McConnell
  • Jan 29 2020
Rachel you were a bright light in a dark world. You and your family are so very loved and I hold you all in my heart from afar. I will do my best to share love and kindness with others so that your light keeps shining. I miss you, my friend.
Tony Barnes
  • Jan 29 2020
Rachel it has been a long time since I have seen you but that doesn't negate the fact that you were always a good friend. I will always remember the fun times all of us had back in the day. My prayers are with your family, may the Lord watch over them. You will be missed by many.
Stacy Michael
  • Jan 30 2020
I met Rachel late in high school through mutual friends. I remember the times hanging out at Long Meadow and at parties. Her smile was so bright it could light up any room and her witt could be matched by few. We lost touch years later but I met her Mother and Grandmother and upon finding out the relation it brought a smile to my face whenever I saw them and got to hear she was doing. Heaven gained an angel !
Shawna Anderson
  • Jan 31 2020
My heart is shattered!!....Thank You for being You!!!
Paul and Maria Jozik
  • Jan 31 2020
What a beautiful reunion in heaven! May you rest in peace!
Laura L Dowerah
  • Feb 2 2020
I'll continue to stay in touch with Jay and the girls. I'm so sorry that you will no longer be with us physically but you will be in our hearts and minds forever. We didn't have enough time to get to know each other. I love you. -your oldest sister