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Carol W. Parker

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Carol W. Parker Obituary
BROOKLINE , VT. - Carol Edith Wertz Parker died peacefully April 28, 2017, with loving support from Thompson House, Brattleboro Area Hospice and her family. She was born December 4, 1930, in Buffalo, New York to Carlton Edward Wertz and Ethel Hurlburt Wertz.

She attended the Franklin School in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from the Buffalo Seminary in 1949. Carol attended Pine Manor College and received a Secretarial Certificate from the Bryant Stratton School in Buffalo New York in 1950 - a move designed to help financially support the first years of her 62-year marriage to David Young Parker.

Carol was a beautiful person - in every sense of the word inside and outside. She was kind and generous, warm and friendly, accepting, patient, intuitive, and understanding quick to smile, quick to laugh.

She loved and delighted in children - her own through their 60-some years until her death; her granddaughter, Erika; and every other baby, toddler, and young person she encountered in her 86 years.

Carol worked for some time as a secretary in the music department at Middlebury College while her husband was a student there, and then left the world of work to be a mother and homemaker with the birth of her first child. She volunteered in a number of capacities at the Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo while her children were growing up, and for many years at the annual Grace Cottage Hospital Fair in Townshend after moving to Brookline in 1973.

Carol was a member of the Newfane Garden Club, a consummate gardener and flower arranger, an avid and knowledgeable bird watcher, and a skilled needle worker and knitter. In her youth, she was an expert horse woman and competed in many dressage events.

Carol made everyone who entered her home feel welcome, special and well cared for. She was old school - in the best sense of those words. A lady. A gracious, kind, generous and strong woman, who very quietly, consistently and joyously - worked to make life happier, easier and more beautiful for her family, friends and others.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, David Young Parker. She is survived and so well loved by her son, David Young Parker, Jr. and his wife Lee Anne; daughter, Valinda Parker Gorder and her husband Paul; two granddaughters - Erika Wells Parker and Katherine Joanne Nopper and innumerable friends.

SERVICES: A private burial service will be held at the Brookline Cemetery at a later date.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on May 4, 2017
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