Courtney Anne Parker
January 30, 1984 - October 29, 2020

Courtney  Anne Parker

Courtney Anne Parker
Jan 30, 1984 - Oct 29, 2020

Courtney  Anne Parker
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Courtney A. Parker, 36, passed away October 29, 2020, at Mary Greeley Hospital after living with bile duct and liver cancer for almost two years, believed to be as a result of taking Zantac for over a decade.

Courtney was born to Randall and Patricia (Oberman) Parker on January 30, 1984, in Ames. She graduated from Ames High School in 2002. She was on the Diving Team and Cheer Squad, and served as a student ambassador to Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. She received a scholarship to Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she attended one year, and later continued her studies at Des Moines Area College. In 2004, she married Brandon Dunmire; and they had two sons. That marriage was later dissolved. In January, 2019, she and her best friend, Samantha J. Goodale, were joyfully united in marriage and created a new family.

Courtney worked at JoAnn's Fabrics for several years, and then moved to Sigler Printing where she was employed as an embroidery technician. That began her love of machine embroidery, and she spent hours creating wonderful embroidered creations. Her other hobbies included jewelry-making, photography, sewing, reading, and anything Harry Potter. Traveling was one of her greatest joys. As a child, she and her dad went on annual "father-daughter trips," seeking the most thrilling roller coaster rides. As an adult, she loved tent camping and playing on an ocean beach with her family. She loved all animals and left behind the menagerie to prove it. Courtney was a bright light - spunky, kind, intelligent, courageous, and a devoted wife, mother, and daughter. Her family remembers her best for her warm cuddles, her careful listening, her creativity and inventiveness, her loyalty, her loving embraces, and her wicked sense of humor. She taught her children and family to remain true to themselves and never change themselves to please others.

Courtney will be lovingly remembered by her spouse, Samantha of Ames; sons, Damian Malakai Dunmire and Alistor Killian Dunmire; stepchildren Skylar Daniel William VandeKrol and Shannon Haley Jane VandeKrol; her mother, Patricia J. Parker; her aunt Tammy (Kelly) Ward of Davidsonville, MD, cousins Alex Ward and Benjamin Ward; uncle Charlie (Dawn) Oberman of West Bloomington, MN; uncle Robert Michael Oberman of Humboldt and cousins Devon (Amber) Oberman, Melinda (Zach) Hammen, and Melissa (Chad) Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her father, Randall Parker; paternal grandparents, Richard and Juanita Parker; maternal grandparents, Robert Oberman and Charlene Oberman Lippolt; and her maternal step grandfather, Carl Lippolt.

A visitation and viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care from 5 - 7:00 p.m. Strict COVID safety precautions will be in place, masks will be required, and social and physical distancing will be strongly encouraged. Alternatively, people may choose to join attend online by joining a Zoom meeting, A link will be provided on Courtney's obituary page. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to one of Courtney's favorite places: the Story County Animal Shelter at 975 W Lincoln Hwy, Nevada, IA 50201.

Online condolences may be made at

Rose Reedy on Nov 24, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember when we met. We were in 3rd grade. I remember she was creative, artistic. I remember she had a love for children, and animals. She noticed certain things that other people didn’t. I also remember how she liked some of the music by Mannheim Steamroller, and not just their Christmas music. And I remember how she used to listen to music by such artists as Madonna, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion. And if I should ever listen to certain songs by such artists, I will be sure to think of her. To Courtney Parker’s family, I’m sorry for your loss. But she’s in a better place now, watching over you where she’s a beautiful angel and life is beautiful, all the time until you guys meet again in heaven.

Brenda Thorbs-Weber on Nov 7, 2020

Hi Pat, so sorry to hear of your great loss. Sending warm hugs and prayers your way. Brenda Thorbs-Weber

Mary Huba on Nov 6, 2020

Pat, I am so sorry to hear about Courtney's passing. It's caused me to think a lot about those early years when we were raising daughters who were born around the same time. I send loving thoughts and prayers to you and the members of her beautiful family. Mary Huba

Joyce Hagley on Nov 4, 2020

Pat, I’m sorry for your loss. Peace to you 🙏Joyce Hagley

Margaret Torrie on Nov 4, 2020

We are so sorry to learn of Courtney's passing. The photos you have posted depict joy, creativity, caring and love for her children and family. She will be missed and remembered by many. Jim, Margaret and Melanie Torrie.

Susie Petra on Nov 4, 2020

To Courtney's family: Oh, I am so heart-sick to hear that Courtney is no longer with us. Reading that Courtney had died, took me by surprise. My heart hurts for you. She was so enthusiastic about creating; we had many talks during those high school years.

Courtney took quite a number of art classes from me and we stayed in touch for some time: I even have a photo of her & the boys, when they were small. She will leave an empty place in your hearts, I know.

Susie Petra, Art Instructor, Ames High School

Carla ( Zeisneiss) Sidles on Nov 4, 2020

So sad to hear this news. I remember Courtney coming into work with her Dad and always being cheerful. Randy always talked about Courtney. I worked with Randy for years. My thoughts and prayers go out to Courtney's entire family.

Ann Gogerty on Nov 4, 2020

Pat, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Courtney was always a positive presence when she visited the office, and you were a wonderful mother to her. We are sending love and light from Turkey. Ann & Kaya

Tara Elliott on Nov 4, 2020

Sam, so very sorry for your loss.

Mom on Nov 3, 2020


Maura Flaschner on Nov 3, 2020

Pat, I am incredibly sad to learn of Courtney's passing. Always enjoyed her visits to our office, and seeing her with her boys. Thinking of you and your family with much love. Maura Flaschner

Shannon Sloan (Buzzell) on Nov 2, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of courtney.

I went to high school with her and we were friends on good days back then.

Betty Gordon on Nov 2, 2020

To Courtney's family,

My heartfelt sympathies to each of you on the loss of your beloved Courtney.

I may have known here thru Joann's fabrics over the years.

But what caught my attention was this, "after living with bile duct and liver cancer for almost two years, believed to be as a result of taking Zantac for over a decade."

I'm so glad you put that in there as a warning of what some meds may cause serious repercussions!

My late husband was put on 1 med that gave him horrible visual and violent hallucinations! I tried to take him off it but the side effects were worse than hallucinations!!

So glad you added that to her obituary as a warning of what could happen to some folks!

May God comfort you all now and in the days, months, and years ahead.

Betty Gordon, Ames

Betty Gordon on Nov 2, 2020

To Courtney's family,

My heartfelt sympathies to you all on the deep loss of your beloved Courtney.

I may have known her from Joann's fabrics over the years.

But what caught my attention was this, "after living with bile duct and liver cancer for almost two years, believed to be as a result of taking Zantac for over a decade.:

THANK YOU for putting that in for others to really think about the meds they take and the repercussions!!

My late husband was on 1 med that caused horrible hallucinations! We tried to wien him off them; side effects were worse than what he was going through.

So thank you for putting this in her obituary as a WARNING to others.

May God comfort you all now and in the days, months, and years ahead!

Betty Gordon, Ames

Sandy Hunerdosse on Nov 2, 2020

One of my favorite coworkers at JoAnn’s fun, knowledgeable, helpful, and always ready for a good laugh... too good, loving, and young to be gone rip my sweet friend



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