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Frances Parker Obituary
Frances M. Parker

1926 - 2014 WILLIAMSTOWN Frances Marie Dowling Parker, of Williamstown, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, following a long illness. Born Nov. 29, 1926, in Cranston, R.I., Fran enjoyed living in a number of states around the country. But she and her family have called Berkshire County home for over 40 years. Most recently, she had been a resident at Sweet Brook Care Center in Williamstown. Fran was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Lloyd Edwin Parker; her parents, Frederick Dowling and Grace McElroy Dowling, and sister, Regina Grace Dowling O'Donnell. Fran leaves behind family members, including her daughter MJ Parker of Williamstown; son, Thomas Edwin Parker, his wife, Lis Parker, and stepson, Russell Cutless Baker of New Castle, Va.; daughter, Kathleen Grace Parker Robinson, and husband, Joe David Robinson Jr. of Selmer Tenn., plus their three children, Maryfrances Marie ("Frannie") Robinson of Germantown, Tenn., Sarah Winfrey Robinson of Selmer, Tenn., and Joe D ("Dz") Robinson of Selmer, Tenn. Fran and Lloyd Parker owned and operated Parker Door Sales, located in Lenox and Pittsfield for nearly 25 years. During their years together they most enjoyed spending time with simple pleasures: playing bridge, a round of golf at Skyline Country Club, and Sunday afternoon drives around Berkshire County, discovering interesting, off-the-beaten-path restaurants. Fran had a big personality, those who knew her well, remember her as a force to be reckoned with. She had a big heart for animals and was well-known for her habit of providing a welcoming home to cats in need. Her family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the ASPCA. Family members wish to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Sweet Brook for the care, patience and respect shown to Fran during her years there as a resident. FUNERAL NOTICE: A private memorial service will be planned for Fran later this year. For further information, please visit


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 14, 2014
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