All too often, obituaries tend to hide important truths about people. For example, you’ll rarely see a family submit one that admits the father/mother was a serial cheater or abuser. Or if someone had a horrible drug addiction, that fact gets dropped into the abyss.
In the case of Tom Parks and his daughter Molly, nothing was left unsaid. This bold father decided that the truth needed to be told.
After Molly, 24, was found dead with a needle stuck in her arm at work, he felt it was his duty to let it all out in the following obit:
Molly Alice Parks, age 24, who most currently resided in Manchester, NH, passed away in Manchester on April 16, 2015 as the result of a heroin overdose.
She was born in York, Maine on March 13, 1991, a daughter of Tom and Patti (Michaud) Parks.
Molly graduated from Old Orchard Beach High School in 2009 and attended one year at SMCC until her addiction took over. Most recently, she was employed as a delivery driver for Portland Pie Co. in Manchester, NH. She enjoyed theater, fashion, reading – especially Harry Potter, and will always be remembered for fearless personality and her trademark red lipstick.
Along Molly’s journey through life, she made a lot of bad decisions including experimenting with drugs. She fought her addiction to heroin for at least five years and had experienced a near fatal overdose before. Molly’s family truly loved her and tried to be as supportive as possible as she struggled with the heroin epidemic that has been so destructive to individuals and families in her age bracket.
She is survived by her parents- Tom Parks and his wife Pat Noble of Saco and Patti Michaud Parks of Berlin, NH; sister- Kasey Parks of OOB; step siblings — Dustin and Delayna Denicourt of Biddeford; maternal grandparents – Rita and Raymond Michaud of Berlin, NH; paternal grandmother – Ruth Parks of OOB; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and a niece.
If you have any loved one’s who are fighting addiction, Molly’s family asks that you do everything possible to be supportive, and guide them to rehabilitation before it is too late.
There is a true beauty in his willingness to share. His hope is that others will pay attention to her story and help their loved ones overcome.
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