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Parke-FM marr JA-Straker April 1938

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Mary S Taylor

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:13 am    Post subject: Parke-FM marr JA-Straker April 1938 Reply with quote

Pacific Grove Tide, CA April 15, 1938
Frances Marie Parke Weds John A. Straker
On the same day exactly 38 years after her parents were pronounced man and wife, Miss Frances Marie Parke became Mrs. John Arthur Straker at one of the most pretentiotis wedding ceremonies ever to take place in Pacific Grove. The marriage vows were repeated at 5 o’clock Monday in the picturesque t. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church with Reverend Charles R. Greenleaf, rector, assisted by Reverend Albert E. Clay, rector emeritus, in performing the double-ring ceremony. Because of the illness of her father, Colonel J.L. Mabee, a close friend of the bride’s family escorted her to the altar where Mrs. James H. Parke joined them to give her daughter in marriage. Miss Rhea McCann was at the organ. The bride’s gown was of pale blue, made of rich old Chinese brocade silk brought from China by her mother 28 years ago. The skirt ended in a train and the sleeves were long and close fitting. Over her veil of soft blue tulle, caught by a cap held with orange blossoms, she wore exquisite old lace which Mrs. Clara Bell Straker, mother of the bridegroom, brought with her from her priceless collection of laces in London. A white praryer book which Mrs. Straker carried at her own wedding was carried by the bride, and was marked with a shower arrangement of gardenias, and lilies of the valley suspended by white ribbons. Miss Louise Parke was her sister’s maid of honor, and Miss Doris Crossman and Miss Virginia Wheeler were the bridesmaids. Little Jock and Jill Murray, the children of Mr. & Mrs. Duncan Murray, were the ring bearer and flower girl. William Galbaley of Los Angeles was Mr. Straker’s best man, and James Oliver of Carmel Valley and Harvey Parke Clark of San Francisco, nephews of James Parkes, were the ushers. Later there was a reception in the Parkes’ home where the newlyweds were assisted in receiving the guests by Mrs. Parke and Mrs. Straker senior. After a week’s stay at Yosemite Valley, the couple are planning to return for the summer to the Parkes’ country home in Robles Del Rio.
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