Marian Mae (Parker) Hjelmfelt, 84, of Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Colony Pointe Senior Living, in Columbia. She was born on August 31, 1936, in Akron, Ohio to Jonathan Burris Parks and Marian Mae (Campbell) Parks.
Marian graduated from high school in Akron, Ohio. She then attended Case Western Reserve, a private research University, in Cleveland, Ohio, where she studied nursing and obtained her undergraduate degree. When her children were older she returned to college for her Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology.
True to Marian’s kind and caring nature, her career path was focused on human services and helping others. She began her life of helping others as a social worker in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon completion of her nursing degree she worked in this field for several years. After relocating with her family to Columbia, Missouri, she taught in the School of Nursing at the University of Missouri.
Marian loved spending time with her children and volunteering her time with various organizations. She instilled this value in her young children, as they frequently accompanied her while she volunteered with organizations like Meals on Wheels. Later in life, through her church family, Marian was heavily involved in the Festival of Sharing. She worked passionately throughout her life to help others, it was truly a calling for her.
In 1960, Marian was married to Robert H Dolliver III, and together they had one son, Rob, and one daughter, Mary.
In 1980, Marian was married to Allen Hjelmfelt. Together, they enjoyed a long and happy marriage with many adventures. They resided in Columbia, Missouri, where they enjoyed walking their dogs in Kiwanis Park, several times each day. Exercise, health and well-being were very important to Marian, so walking her dogs was a daily activity she enjoyed immensely. She also enjoyed nature, which is one reason their walks in Kiwanis Park were so very enjoyable for her. Marian and Allen also enjoyed spending time at Murry’s Restaurant, listening to live jazz music. They traveled the world together, visiting many different countries. Together they enjoyed learning about and experiencing other cultures. Throughout her life, Marian was an animal-lover. She and Allen had many treasured family pets, including Lily who was never far from Marian’s side.
Marian was a lifetime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church. She was a member of the Columbia congregation since moving to Missouri in 1966. She actively attended church services, groups and other events with her husband, Allen, until they were no longer able to do so because of the pandemic.
Survivors include her husband, Allen Hjelmfelt; son, Rob Dolliver (Angie); daughter, Mary Radcliffe; granddaughter, Katie Radcliffe; grandson, Henry Dolliver; great-grandchildren, Xander and Hazel. Step-children Allison (Joe) Anderson, Eric (Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt) Hjelmfelt, and Allen Hjelmfelt III. Step-grandchildren, Zach and Jeremy Anderson.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and stepson, Joel Hjelmfelt.
Memorials in Marian’s honor may be made to her church, Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, 2615 Shepard Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left for the family at parkermillard.com.