Wakefield Faculty/Staff Deceased: In Memoriam

Lois Goodfellow Parker
b: 10/27/1912   d: 10/31/2009

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Lois Parker MRS. LOIS PARKER, Attendance Secretary
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. - November 5, 2009

Lois Parker 2000.jpg (18919 bytes)Lois G. Parker died on Saturday, October 31, 2009, of Arlington, Virginia.  Wife of the late Frederic T. Parker, Col. US. Army (Ret.); loving mother of Frederic G. (Carol Christensen) Parker; and James R. (Monica) Parker; grandmother of Frederic Charles Parker, Jonathan Young Parker and Edward Goodfellow Parker; great-grandmother of Spencer Parker; sister of Bud Goodfellow.  Friends may call at the Murphy Funeral Home of Arlington, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, on Saturday, November 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. with a sharing of memories at 3:30 p.m.  Interment 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, Arlington National Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Virginia 22203. http://www.nature.org .

Lois Goodfellow Parker, 97, died early Saturday morning October 31 due to complications of pancreatic cancer.  She died peacefully in her sleep at Mount Vernon Hospital.   She was born October 27, 1912 in Gracemont, Oklahoma and delivered by her father when the doctor did not arrive in time from town.  She was one of seven siblings raised on a farm in the Oklahoma plains.

She attended Oklahoma A&M majoring in music, then briefly taught school in Oklahoma.   She was selected to the All-State women's basketball team when she was a senior in high school and received an offer to play at Oklahoma A&M.  In 1934 she was elected Oklahoma State Secretary of the League of Young Democrats by the largest majority vote of any candidate at that time.

obParkeL1940.jpg (26025 bytes)She gained notoriety in 1933 when she aided in the capture of the escaped convict, Frank Sawyer.  In addition to write ups in the Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times her exploits in the Sawyer case were also placed in the Associated Press, eliciting a world-wide response including a proposal of marriage from a British army officer stationed in India.  She earned the title of "Oklahoma Wildcat" for her daring capture of the escaped convict.  As a result of her notoriety and beauty, she was offered a Hollywood screen test.

She was married to Frederic Thompson Parker, then a Captain in the US Army, in December 1940.  As a military family they were stationed in various locations including Nassau, Bahamas and Honolulu, Hawaii.  The family then settled in Northern Virginia in 1951.  She was employed by the Arlington County school system at Wakefield High School from 1954 through 1976.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society.

She is survived by her two sons Fred and Jim, three grandsons Charlie, Jonathan and Edward and one great grandson, Spencer.

There will be a visitation held at Murphy Funeral Home, 4515 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia on Saturday November 7th from 1 to 4 PM.  At 3:30 attendees are invited to share some of their memories of Lois to those assembled

The Washington Post: A Local Life, Lois Goodfellow Parker '97a; "Oklahoma Wildcat"

Hello 1960 Classmates:

I just wanted to remember a few things about Mrs. Lois Parker, (Fred Parker's mother).   As most of you know, her house was directly across the street from Wakefield High.   Gus Unverferth, Phil Nash, Cotton Kent and Fred and I would sometimes go over there after school and Mrs. Parker would always be there with some sort of food treat for us.   She was the greatest person and always so naturally friendly with a wonderful personality.

Mrs. Parker was at our 40th reunion and she remembered most of us by name.  A truly remarkable woman and she will be missed.  But she surely lived a long and fruitful life.  Perhaps her greatest thrill was the time she spent a Wakefield High School and her friends at the school.

My condolences to Fred and the rest of the Parker family.  I don't see Fred's e-mail address in this communication.  Rich, do you have his address so I can contact him?

Looking forward to seeing all of you next year at the the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1960.

Best regards, Bob Vance

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