Carol Park, 72 of Harrisville died on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. She was born on October 28, 1946, in Trenton, Michigan to Stephen and Betty Rakosi. She married Richard Park on December 1, 1999 and was predeceased by Richard April 29, 2009. In her adult life, Mrs. Park worked a variety of office jobs until changing careers at age 40 because she was unhappy about being sexually harassed. She knew how to shoot a gun because her father had taught her, so she began a career working in security for Wells Fargo. She then entered the academy and became a deputy sheriff for the Denver, Colorado police force until she suffered an injury during a scuffle with an inmate that ended her career. For many years, Mrs. Park and her late husband Richard had a home in both Colorado and Harrisville and would spend their time traveling between the two, making many friends along the way. Mrs. Park was vice president of the Harrisville Lady Lions and a long-standing member of the Sunrise Gardening Club. She enjoyed gardening, baking, shopping and had many great times dining out with good friend, Helen Volrath. Mrs. Park was an adventurous soul and after her husband’s death, while watching “Cake Boss” she decided she wanted to try one of their cannoli’s, so she went to New Jersey. She said the line was long but the cannoli was delicious. While watching an episode filmed in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, on “House Hunter International,” Mrs. Park decided to go see it herself and while she was there zip-lined through the jungle. She also traveled the U.S. extensively and traveled to Canada, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, New Zealand and the Australian Outback where she stayed with Aboriginal guides. Mrs. Park loved animals and doted on a large sable shepherd she rescued named Hobo and a small kitten she found under her porch last year which she named Henri. Mrs Park is survived by stepdaughter Laura Dennis of Madison, Indiana, three step-grandchildren, Chris (Katie) Hecox of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Macky Hecox of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Cassie (Wes) Trapp of Indianapolis, Indiana. and three great step-grandchildren, Liam, Parker and newborn Jackson Trapp, who was born just two days after her death and one brother-in-law Gilman (Constance) Park of Pine Plains N.Y. She was preceded in death by step son-in-law Jerry Dennis, husband of Laura. She is survived by good friend, who Mrs. Park called a sister of her heart, Ellen (Stephen) Dupont and their two sons who she thought of as nephews; Noel (Renelle) Dupont and Adam (Amy) Dupont and a grand-nephew, Niko Dupont. She is also survived by good friends Michelle Marcouiller, Mary and Wil Weber, Linda Stemen and Debbie McKay as well as many others. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 29 at Gillies Funeral Home in Lincoln. If they wish, family and friends may wear purple, Carol’s favorite color. Memorial donations will be used to place benches in her memory near sites where her late husbands’ memorial benches are located near the Harrisville Harbor and Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.
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