Parker Monhollon obituary: Parker Monhollon's Obituary, Topeka

In Memory Of
Parker LeAnn Monhollon

Obituary photo of Parker Monhollon, Topeka-KS
Obituary photo of Parker Monhollon, Topeka-KS

In Memory Of
Parker LeAnn Monhollon

Parker LeAnn Monhollon, 9, of Silver Lake, passed away on July 10, 2017 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, following an 18 month battle with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a form of brain cancer.

Parker LeAnn Monhollon was born on July 26, 2007 to Amanda and Danny Monhollon. She was born with multiple heart defects and her parents were told that she would need major heart surgery before the age of 6 months. Parker went weekly, and then monthly for echo cardiograms and each time we heard the good news that her heart was doing its job, so no surgery was required.

Parker was a vibrant, sassy, smart, and beautiful girl who loved to dance, make Youtube videos, and play with her 8 year old brother, Dominic, and her 15 year old sister, Rivers.

About a week before Christmas, Amanda noticed that Parker had developed a very noticeable lazy eye. The school nurse had even contacted her regarding double vision and headaches. After getting some opinions from family members, she decided to schedule an eye exam. The optometrist suspected that the problem wasn't her eye, but something else. He ordered an MRI just in case and then hoped to start vision therapy and possibly an eye surgery, if needed.

The MRI was finally done on Friday, January 15, 2016. The Pediatric Oncologist and Pediatric Intensive Care physicians came to Amanda and said they needed to speak with her in private. They had found a brain tumor near her brain stem. A phone call to dad was made, and once he arrived, he was also given the news. Though we knew for sure it was a tumor, we still weren't sure which type.

The next day, Saturday, January 16, 2016, we went out for breakfast to IHOP (Parker's favorite) where she ordered blueberry pancakes (also her favorite!) On the way home, we received a call from Parker's pediatric oncologist, who informed us of the type of brain tumor Parker had, a DIPG. The fight began in the United States, and continued to Europe, and back again to the United States. Her fight ended in Monterrey, Mexico. During her 18 month journey she received multiple treatments and surgeries. She stayed positive and always forward-thinking until her body had nothing left to give. It is up to those of us who knew her, and followed her, to continue her legacy.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in the Sunflower Ballroom at The Maner Conference Center, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd. Guests should utilize the parking area at 17th & Western.

A live feed of the memorial service will be available beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 by visiting www.KSNT.com and selecting the appropriate link.

Burial will follow at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, 3616 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.

The family will greet friends and family during a reception from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Road. Light refreshments will be served.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at any Silver Lake Bank location, via PayPal info@parkerloveslife.com or www.ParkerLovesLife.com.

To leave a special message for Parker's family, please click the "Share Memories" button above.

Parker LeAnn Monhollon, 9, of Silver Lake, passed away on July 10, 2017 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, following an 18 month battle with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a form of brain cancer.

Parker LeAnn Monhollon was born on July 26, 2007 to Amanda and Danny Monhollon. She was born with multiple heart defects and her parents were told that she would need major heart surgery before the age of 6 months. Parker went weekly, and then monthly for echo cardiograms and each time we heard the good news that her heart was doing its job, so no surgery was required.

Parker was a vibrant, sassy, smart, and beautiful girl who loved to dance, make Youtube videos, and play with her 8 year old brother, Dominic, and her 15 year old sister, Rivers.

About a week before Christmas, Amanda noticed that Parker had developed a very noticeable lazy eye. The school nurse had even contacted her regarding double vision and headaches. After getting some opinions from family members, she decided to schedule an eye exam. The optometrist suspected that the problem wasn't her eye, but something else. He ordered an MRI just in case and then hoped to start vision therapy and possibly an eye surgery, if needed.

The MRI was finally done on Friday, January 15, 2016. The Pediatric Oncologist and Pediatric Intensive Care physicians came to Amanda and said they needed to speak with her in private. They had found a brain tumor near her brain stem. A phone call to dad was made, and once he arrived, he was also given the news. Though we knew for sure it was a tumor, we still weren't sure which type.

The next day, Saturday, January 16, 2016, we went out for breakfast to IHOP (Parker's favorite) where she ordered blueberry pancakes (also her favorite!) On the way home, we received a call from Parker's pediatric oncologist, who informed us of the type of brain tumor Parker had, a DIPG. The fight began in the United States, and continued to Europe, and back again to the United States. Her fight ended in Monterrey, Mexico. During her 18 month journey she received multiple treatments and surgeries. She stayed positive and always forward-thinking until her body had nothing left to give. It is up to those of us who knew her, and followed her, to continue her legacy.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in the Sunflower Ballroom at The Maner Conference Center, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd. Guests should utilize the parking area at 17th & Western.

A live feed of the memorial service will be available beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 by visiting www.KSNT.com and selecting the appropriate link.

Burial will follow at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, 3616 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.

The family will greet friends and family during a reception from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Road. Light refreshments will be served.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at any Silver Lake Bank location, via PayPal info@parkerloveslife.com or www.ParkerLovesLife.com.

To leave a special message for Parker's family, please click the "Share Memories" button above.

Services & Gatherings

Reception

Friday, July 21, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Dove Cremations & Funerals - Southwest
3700 SW Wanamaker Rd
Topeka, KS 66610
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Memorial Service

Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00am
Sunflower Ballroom at Maner Conference Center

Interment

Penwell-Gabel Cemetery & Mausoleum
3616 SW 6th Avenue

Southwest Chapel (785-272-9797) is assisting the family

Southwest Chapel (785-272-9797) is assisting the family

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