We celebrate the life and memory of Mrs. Gloria Marie Parker whose death occurred Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Memorial Health University Medical Center.
Gloria Marie Young was born on April 25, 1933 to the late Albertha and Walter Young. She was the sixth of seven children.
As a child, young Gloria was educated in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School system. As an adult, she was employed by Radiology Associates under the supervision of Dr. Linin and his associates as a Radiologist Technician.
Gloria met and married the late Harry Baker, Sr. Their union was blessed with five children.
On December 28, 1981, Gloria was joined in Holy Matrimony to Deacon Cardell Parker. She became a loving and nurturing Mother to his four children.
Mother Parker, as she was affectionately called, had a dedicated heart for faith, family and her community. She was a member of Holy Zion First Born Church of the Living God under the leadership of the late Pastor Alvin Price, Sr. She served as Sunday School Superintendent and sang in the church choir, utilizing her Soprano voice to the Glory of God. Gloria was nicknamed ‘Mockingbird’ because of her unique and angelic voice.
Later on, she became a member of Holy Zion Pentecostal Church under the leadership of Bishop Frank Wilson, Jr., where she served as ‘Mother of the Church’ for several years. Mother Parker was led by the Holy Spirit to become a member of Rehoboth Ministries New Covenant Christian Church of Pooler, Georgia where she served as ‘Mother of the Church’ until she was called to take her rest.
When it came to her native East Savannah community, Mother Parker would step up in any capacity that was needed to be filled. She was a charted member of the East Savannah Community Association and a leading participant with the East Savannah-LePageville Community Reunion. On Sundays, she would gather neighborhood children and take them to Sunday School to lay the foundation for love and reverence for God. If you were hungry, she would feed you.
Mother Parker will forever be the ’Grandmaster’ of red rice and potato salad. No matter the trial or tribulation that she went through, with the help of her Savior, she carried herself in such a graceful and elegant way that Mother Parker will not soon be forgotten.
Preceding Mother Parker in death were her sisters and brothers: Ethel, Evelyn, Walter, Leon, Joe Nathan and O’Neal.
Mother Gloria Parker leaves a legacy of love to continue through her husband of 39 years, Cardell ’Babe’ Parker; her children, Diane Baker of New York, Debra (James) Temple, H. Michelle Baker, Harry (A. Michelle) Baker, Jr., Faye (Raymond) Massey, Dennis L. Parker, Sr., Darrell (Sonia) Parker, Sr., Derrick (Maggie) Parker, Sr., and Detra L. Parker; a special nephew, Freddie (Lillie) Young; a special niece, Shelia (Hubert) Golden and a goddaughter, Latesha ‘Dollbaby’ Robinson, all of Savannah.
Mother Parker leaves a living legacy of Twenty-nine (29) grandchildren, Fifty (50) great-grandchildren, Eight (8) great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Public viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2020 at Campbell & Sons Funeral Home
Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Rehoboth Ministries New Covent Christian Church
820 US Hwy 80 Pooler, GA
Burial - East Savannah Cemetery
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