Joyce Plenge Parker
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Joyce Plenge Parker

Fort Myers - Joyce Plenge was born in Louisville, Kentucky to William and Lorraine Plenge and was the oldest of their four children. She was high school valedictorian and graduated with highest honors from college. She met her best friend Betty's brother in college and after graduation married Joseph E. Parker on Aug. 25, 1949. They had five children between 1951 and 1956.

Her passions were studying the Bible, following Christ, caring for her family and teaching. She was loved as a sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and by the thousands of students she taught over many years. The family moved to Clearwater in 1957 and starting in 1961 Joyce taught at Oak Grove Junior High until the 9th grade was moved to Clearwater Senior High where she taught English, History and a class of "Bible as History". In addition to raising five kids and being a school teacher (constantly grading English papers at night), she always taught High School or Adult Bible Study in her church. She was an active member in Skycrest Baptist and then Calvary Baptist in Clearwater until 1990 when she retired from public school teaching and moved to Fort Myers. She taught Bible Study at First Baptist, Covenant Presbyterian and New Hope Presbyterian Church until she was well into her 80's.

Joyce graduated to heaven on Easter Sunday, April 21st, no doubt met by her Lord Jesus, her youngest brother Lynn and many loved ones. She is survived by her brothers Bob (Kathey) Plenge, Martin (Carol) Plenge, her five children, Gayle (Chris) Bundschu, Joel (Mary K) Parker, Paul (Anne) Parker, Bill (Kathy) Parker, Sarah (Terry) Huge, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, April 27th at 11 AM in New Hope Presbyterian Church, 10051 Plantation Rd., Ft. Myers, FL 33966. A reception will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Building Fund of New Hope Presbyterian Church in her honor.

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Published in The News-Press from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2019.
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April 4, 2021
She was by far the best Bible teacher I had in my youth. I think of her often.
John Culbreth
April 29, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss. It's always hard to lose your Mother.
Beulah Glick
April 25, 2019
Sorry to hear of her passing
I remember her well
She challenged me to learn and apply myself
I thought highly of her
Tim Murray
April 25, 2019
Debbie Faklis Jaye
April 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Parker is a teacher I will never forget. She was my AP English teacher during my senior year and her name is the one I have said over the years when someone asks me who my favorite teacher was when growing up. I know I have mentioned her name numerous times to my kids when we talk about school and loving a subject, and what an important role a teacher makes. I still attribute my success in that class and on the AP exam to her. She prepared me so well that I was able to opt out of English my first year of college. And that was her last year teaching! On top of being a fantastic teacher, she was such a kind person and really cared about her students. I have no doubt you will get an outpouring of notes of how she touched people's lives. - an amazing legacy to leave behind. Again my sincere condolences.
Andria Avalos Peiken
April 24, 2019
Please accept our sincere condolences. May the love of family, friends and God comfort you through your grief in the days ahead. Let loving memories of Joyce warm your heart. Isaiah 61 : 1 & 2. God binds up the broken-hearted and comforts all who mourn.
G & J
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