Irene W. Parks, born in Pawtucket, R.I.., Nov., 9,1926, recently passed in New Port, Richey, Fla.,. after a brief illness. Irene is survived by her sister, Beverly Swaab; her sons, Stanton and Paul; her daughter-in-law, Kathleen Duffy; five grandchildren; and two-great-grandchildren.

Camden was home for many years with her late husband, Paul Edwin Parks, and her two sons. As a lifelong marine artist, she had a particular interest in the Maine sailing ships of the 1800s that traversed the world during the height of sail cargo to the Far East. This passion led to her painting many of the Maine-built ships and through her documentation, she wrote a book on the subject. Her paintings were displayed in many galleries, as well as at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Irene was a longstanding member of the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. As well as being a painter, she taught art in her gallery on Cape Jellison, Stockton Springs, in the summers and in Port Richey,Fla., in the winters.She will be forever remembered for her kindness to all and her never-ending positive attitude towards life.

Donations in memory of Irene W. Parks can be made to the Penobscot Marine Museum, 5 Church St., P.O. Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974.