Wilma “Pauline” Parker, 95, of rural Robinson, KS, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 28, 2013, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Hiawatha.
Pauline, as she was known to family and friends, was born July 8, 1918, at Rocky Mount, MO, a daughter of H.E. and Vertie Mae Lehew Holder. The family moved to Nebraska when Pauline was small and settled north of Falls City, where she attended country school and grew up.
She married Avery E. Parker on Jan. 13, 1940, at Maysville, MO. They farmed and raised cattle all of their married life north of Robinson. He died on June 4, 1989. Her parents also preceded her in death.
Pauline was a long-time member of Zion United Methodist Church of Robinson, and the UNW of the church. She was a 4-H leader for a number of years and a lifelong member of the Order of Eastern Star of Robinson until it closed, becoming a member of Zenith Chapter #184, OES, of Hiawatha. She was a gray lady volunteer at the Hiawatha Community Hospital and a member of the Red Hat ladies society.
Survivors include her son, Edwin “Packy” Parker and his wife, Becky, of Rulo; sister, Helen Ruth Hawks, Hiawatha; brother, Vincil Holder, Leona; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Pauline’s life was held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Zion United Methodist Church, northeast of Robinson, with the Rev. Paul Waters officiating. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha.
Visitation was Monday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha. An Eastern Star service was held that evening, followed by family members greeting friends.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pauline Parker Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S. 7th St., 66434. A message may be sent to the family at www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com