born Oct. 6, 1921, to Walter and Florence Dowdy, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 6, 2013. Pearline worked as a Dietitian and Social Worker for Stark County Job and Family Services for many years. She had a thing for helping people and never met a stranger. Her continued dedication kept her a faithful member of Union Baptist Church until her health prevented it. You'd often find her out in her garden growing only the best, eagerly awaiting the opportunity to can and preserve it before the autumn season could set in. When she was not doing that, she was busy spending time with her beloved family.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband James T. Parker whom she had spent 58 glorious years with, both parents Florence and Walter Dowdy Sr.; sisters Anna Dowdy, Mabel Warren, Othella Gibson, Francis Branch and Emma Fisher as well as brothers William and Walter Dowdy Jr. Left to cherish her sweet memories are daughters Shirley Armstead of Massillon, Ohio, Jessie (Bob) Stafford of Massillon, Ohio and Gwendolyn Sissac of Downey, Calif.; Son-in-law, Mark Armstead of Canton, Ohio; Sister-in-laws, Fannie Lewis of Forkland, Ala., Bernice Benison of Detroit, Mich., Georgia Plaskett of Jackson, Fla.; Grandchildren, Brian Parker of Massillon, Ohio, Jason (Erica) Stafford of Columbus, Ohio, Danita Stafford of Ashland, Ohio, Marc (Demica) Armstead of Canton, Ohio, Tara Armstead of Canton, Ohio, Charles McKinney of Paramount, Calif., Brian McKinney of Compton, Calif., Dale Scott of Jamesville, N.Y., Christopher Scott of Downey, Calif., special friends Robyn Bell of Canton, Ohio, Michelle Tibbs of Canton, Ohio as well as a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12 noon at Union Baptist Church, 413 Cornelia Avenue N.E. Pastor Sherman Martin will eulogize. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
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Published in The Repository from May 9 to May 13, 2013