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Mary "Howard" Parker


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Mary "Howard" Parker Obituary
Mary Howard Parker, 81, of Nogal, NM passed away at her home with her family at her side on May 31, 2018. She was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1937 and was the daughter of Ross Franklin Howard and Violet Euphemia (Williams) Howard of Ferndale, Michigan. She attended Huntington Woods High School, where she was on the Student Council and played on the basketball team. Also during high school, she was selected to be part of a teen panel at the J. L. Hudson department store in Detroit, which included informal modeling. She attended Central Michigan College after high school, but left after her Sophomore year to pursue her dream of becoming a stewardess. Mrs. Parker moved to New York and flew for American Airlines for three years until she married in 1960. Once married, Mary became very active in the "Kiwis", American's organization for former stewardesses.
Following the birth of her two children, Mrs. Parker obtained a certificate from the New York School of Interior Design and became an interior decorator with Creative Windows in Westport, CT. Eventually, her passion for travel prevailed and she became a travel agent, working for Westport Travel until her retirement. An interest in architecture subsequently led her to design their next three homes; one in the Adirondacks, followed by two in New Mexico."
In addition to her passion for travel, Mrs. Parker has been an avid hiker, exploring many trails in Lincoln County. While living in the Adirondacks, Mary learned the craft of basket weaving and also enjoyed cross-country skiing and canoeing.
After moving to the Ruidoso area in 1993, she became the docent coordinator at Ann Stradling's Museum of the Horse in Ruidoso Downs, was on the Board of Directors of the Ruidoso Concert Association, and was a life member of the Ruidoso Valley Greeters. Mary was also an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ruidoso for many years.
Mary was outgoing, intelligent, loving and kind. Beautiful both inside and out, she saw the good in everyone and will be sorely missed. Mrs. Parker is survived by her devoted husband of almost 58 years, Roger Moore Parker, Jr.; her two children, Scott H. Parker of White Oaks, NM and Christie L. Parker of Bethel, CT, as well as three grandchildren; Exa L. Steinbreder of Boston, MA, Cory P. Meehan of Albuquerque, NM and Parker E. Ritchie of Bethel, CT. She is also survived by her sister Sandra Curtis of Fife Lake, MI, along with many loving extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Ruidoso on Saturday, July 21 at 4:00 PM. Donations in her memory can be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Ruidoso.
Published in Ruidoso News on June 13, 2018
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