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Marja Parker Waldon

Marja Parker Waldon, American mental health nurse. Registered Nurse, Iowa; certified psychiatric/mental health nurse. Missions director Grace Church, 1994-1998; director Lake Ozark Creative Ministries; moderator E-Prayer Conference; Member American Nurses Association.


  • Waldon, Marja Parker was born on November 19, 1939 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States. Daughter of James N. and Mary Louise (Mussell) Parker.

  • Education

    • Associate of Arts, Graceland College, 1961. Diploma, Independence Sanitarium and Hospital, 1961. Postgraduate, Case Western Reserve University, 1962.

      Postgraduate, University Missouri, Kansas City, 1964. Postgraduate, Drake University, 1979.


    • Staff nurse operating room Iowa Methodist Hospital, Des Moines, 1962-1963. Staff nurse emergency department Broadlawns Polk County Hospital, 1968-1970. Director of Nursing Midland Manor Nursing Home, Nampa, Idaho, 1972-1973.

      Director staff development, primary care nurse medical/surgical department Mercy Medical Center, 1973-1975. Primary care nurse mental health Charter Community Hospital, Des Moines, 1983-1985. Primary care nurse adolescent mental health & chemical dependcy Waukesha (Wisconsin) Memorial Hospital, 1985-1987.

      Primary care nurse emergency department St. Elizabeth Hospital, Baker, Oregon, 1987-1989. Mental health, admission discharge nurse Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, 1989-1991. Nurse clinician, staff educator Orchard Place Pediatrics Mental Health Long-Term Residential Care, 1991-1998.

      Freelance writer, since 1998. Health supervisor Freedom Bible Camp, Chariton, Iowa, Camp Prairie Schooner, Kansas City, Missouri, 1963-1965. Nursing instructor Independence (Missouri) Sanitarium and Hospital, Boise, Idaho, 1974, University Idaho, Iowa Methodist School Nursing, Des Moines, 1975-1979, Des Moines Area Community College, 1977-1982.

    Major achievements

    • Registered Nurse, Iowa. Certified psychiatric/mental health nurse.


    • Author: Balloons Across America, 2000, Balloons Around the World, 2001.


    Missions director Grace Church, 1994-1998. Director Lake Ozark Creative Ministries. Moderator E-Prayer Conference.

    Member American Nurses Association.



    Painting, chalk art, freelance writing, calligraphy, public speaking.


    • Married Max Eugene Waldon, November 7, 1964. Children: Garry, Jim, Jeff, Bill.
    • father: James N. Parker
    • mother: Mary Louise (Mussell) Parker
    • spouse: Max Eugene Waldon
    • children: Garry Waldon
    • Jim Waldon
    • Jeff Waldon
    • Bill Waldon
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    Born November 19, 1939