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Elizabeth Whelan Parker
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Birth: Jul. 18, 1922
Death: Jun. 17, 2004


Elizabeth Whelan Parker
July 18, 1922 - June 17, 2004

A memorial service was held for Elizabeth W. Parker at Christ Episcopal Church in Coronado on June 28 with Rev. Mitch Lindeman officiating.

Parker died Thursday June 17 at Coronado Hospital following complications from a fall. Stan Parker, her husband of nearly 50 years, preceded her in death less than 2 years ago. She was the sole surviving member of the family of James Whelan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Parker was born in Delphi, Ind. and grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, the fourth of five children of James A. Whelan and Jenny B. Crone. After graduating from Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1940 with an ambition to go into nurse's training, she took a job in Washington, D.C. until being called home to help care for her mother, who was in poor health. While there, she worked as a secretary at the local Navy base and met her future husband, Lieutenant J.G. Stan Parker. They were married there in 1944 and she began her 20-year career as a Navy wife. She spent many enjoyable adventure-filled years moving around where the Navy dictated - Philadelphia, Pa.; New Carlisle, Ohio; San Diego, Oakland and Pacific Beach; and Guam, raising four children and still managing to stay connected with all her friends and relatives in various parts of the country. In 1960, the Navy transferred the family to Coronado and 4 years later her husband retired from his 22-year career to pursue a second career as a junior high math teacher and make Coronado their permanent home.

Parker was always active in church, school and community activities wherever she lived, loved singing in church choirs and keeping up with the political scene of the day. In the years when her children were grown she realized a long time dream to attend college and earned a degree in sociology/social work from San Diego State University. She was always a hit in class as the "gray-haired lady" having the ability to connect with people of any age.

She became involved with an organization called "Tough Love" and headed up meetings for parents who needed support with rebellious teenagers that included a 24-hour hotline. She had a heart for kids and their parents which led to her opening a preschool daycare center on the property at Orange Avenue and Fourth Street, formerly Miss Bunny's School, eventually buying, with the help of longtime friend Ann Meyer of Coronado, the property at Ninth Street and C Avenue, currently the Montessori School, and turning it into a preschool daycare center complete with designing and remodeling it herself. She served kids from 2 1/2to 7 years of age and their parents, building relationships that continued to this day.

Throughout her life Parker was fully involved with not only her four children's lives, but the lives of her siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends and anyone who had a need she might help meet. Her generosity of spirit and readiness to respond to others at any moment was a blessing to all who knew her. As her high school yearbook noted, "Though up to her neck in hot water, the pot continues to boil." Her spirit lives on in the lives of all of us who God put in her life. Parker leaves behind her children Susan Probasco and husband John Probasco of Coronado; Patricia (Tish) Martin and husband Bob Martin of Cuyamaca; Stanley (Bo) D. Parker, Jr. and wife Karen Kearney of Burlingame; and Charles Parker and wife Maria Parker of Coronado; also her 16 grandchildren: Christopher Probasco of Redwood City; John F. Probasco and wife Suzanne Probasco of Portland, Ore.; Hiawatha Bowen of Pacific Beach; Danny Brown of Ramona; Quanah Bowen, Tristan and Heather Lewis; and Daniel and Mikayla Martin of Cuyamaca; Molly Parker Tapias and husband Jorge Tapias of Redwood City; Megan, Kelsey and Declan Parker of Burlingame; and Sarah, Sam and Ben Parker of Coronado. Nephews Joe Van Denburg of Patchogue, N.Y.; Dan Whelan and son Jake of Fresno; Tom Whelan and wife Kate Whelan of San Francisco; and niece Jenny Whelan of San Diego joined the family for the memorial service and reception held at 711 A Avenue, the home of Helen and Leo Hansen. Elizabeth's ashes will be placed with her late husband's at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma.

Family links: 
  Stanley Devereux Parker (1917 - 2002)
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
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