Emma <I>Krause</I> Parker

Emma Krause Parker

Rowena, Runnels County, Texas, USA
Death 21 Sep 1944 (aged 59)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Block 4, Section D, Lot 14
Memorial ID 6019215 · View Source
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EMMA PARKER was the mother of Bonnie Elizabeth Parker, one half of the legendary Depression Era crime duo, Bonnie and Clyde.

She was co-author of the 1934 biography Fugitives: The Story Of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker with Nell Barrow Cowan. The book is still in print.

Emma was one of five children born to German immigrant Frank, and Shreveport, Louisiana native Mary Jane (Walker) Krause.

Emma Krause married a masonry worker named Charles Robert Parker, and they had four children together. Their first child, a son named Coley, died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), followed by the births of son Hubert Nicholas "Buster", and daughters Bonnie Elizabeth, and Billie Jean.

Charles Parker died in 1914 at age 30, when his neck was broken in a fall from a scaffold while at work. Emma Parker then moved with her three children from Rowena, Texas, to her parents' home near West Dallas. Emma began working for Overall Manufacturing Company as a seamstress, and raised her children in a town near West Dallas known as Cement City (West Dallas was not a part of Dallas proper at that time; the City of Dallas did not annex West Dallas into its city limits until 1954). By all accounts, Emma Parker was a strict, but devoted and very loving mother to each one of her children. However, the family lived in poverty after Charles died.

Emma's daughter Bonnie was killed in an ambush by law enforcement on Sailes Road, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, on 23 May 1934.

Bonnie was initially buried in a plot at Fish Trap Cemetery in West Dallas, now known as La Reunion Cemetery. When Emma died in 1944, she was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery. In 1945, Jean Parker purchased four additional plots at Crown Hill. Bonnie's remains were then moved to Crown Hill, and laid to rest in the plot next to her mother.

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1886 - 1944


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