Elizabeth A. Betty Parker, 74, of Rockland died at her home March 3, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Milford, daughter of the late Thomas and Anna (Lees) Fitzpatrick and was raised and educated in South Boston. Betty had made her home in Rockland for the past 43 years. She had been employed by the town of Rockland for more than 23 years. She was a clerk in both the Health Department and Town Clerks Offices and for 18 years prior to her retirement in 2012, she was the administrative assistant at the Rockland Highway Department. For many years, she enjoyed moonlighting as a bartender at the Whitman VFW. Betty loved to play games of chance. She was an active participant and volunteer at St. Bridgets bingo and Pembroke Knights of Columbus. A highlight for her was excursions to Las Vegas and the Twin River Casino in Rhode Island. She was also an avid Red Sox fan. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Thomas B. Parker; and her children, Patricia Ann McSweeney and her husband Thomas, Debra Marie Newcomb and her husband Robert, and Mary Elizabeth Parker, all of Rockland, Thomas Broderick Parker and his wife Teresa Fabiani of East Bridgewater. She was the grandmother of Ashley and Samantha Newcomb, Taylor and Thomas McSweeney and Joseph Parker; the sister of Leo Fitzpatrick of Quincy, John S. Fitzpatrick of S. Boston and the late Thomas P. Fitzpatrick. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. The family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate her life Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. in the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St., Rockland. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 8, 2013, at 9 a.m. in St. Bridgets Church in Abington. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 1 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA. For directions or to share a memory on Bettys Tributes page, visit www.magounbiggins.com.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Mar. 5, 2013