Patricia R. Parker Bettendorf Died on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday, March 26th, 2017 Weerts Funeral Home
10:30 am Monday, March 27th, 2017 St. John's United Methodist Church, 14th & Brady St., Davenport
Cemetery: Davenport Memorial Park
Patricia R. Parker, age 85, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 22, 2107 at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme St., Davenport, Iowa. Memorial services in celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 27th at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 14th and Brady Streets, Davenport. Visitation will be held from1-4:00 pm Sunday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge, Davenport. Interment will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church or to the Humane Society of Scott County.
Mrs. Parker was born in 1931 in Davenport, Iowa to Paul and Margaret Wiley. In 1932, she moved with her family to Mason City, Iowa, returning to Davenport with them in 1942. She attended Davenport Schools, graduating from Davenport High School in 1949. She married William J. Wilson on February 25, 1951 in Davenport. She later married C. William Parker, on August 31, 1996 in Davenport. They moved to Ft. Myers, Florida in 1997, returning to Davenport in 2004. She worked for Davenport Bank and Trust in their mortgage department, from 1952 –1954. From 1970- 1980, she participated in the development of the Wilson TV, Appliance and Furniture family business as decorator and designer. In 1983 Mrs. Parker received her Real Estate License and worked as a broker/agent for Mel Foster Real Estate Company. She was a member of Chairman’s Club and a top producer many of those years, retiring in 1996. Her memberships included St. John’s United Methodist Church where she served as President of the Women’s Society and on the Altar Guild; Lamb of God, Lutheran Episcopal Church, Ft. Myers, Florida; King’s Daughters INH Circle; The Davenport Country Club and in 1970 when the Crow Valley Golf Club was developed, her family became Charter Members. She was a member of The Waterman Cup Golf Team for both clubs. She sang in both choirs of her home churches, enjoyed countless hours playing golf with many wonderful friends and always loved to develop a different flower garden in the new yard each time she moved.
Her three daughters and their families were the joy of her life. She was extremely close to her sister and all of her extended family. Her marriage to Bill Parker gave her the wonderful added gift of the four Parker children and their families becoming a part of her life.
Survivors include her daughters Cindy (James) Bischoff of Plano, Texas and their sons Michael and Nicholas Smurda; and Nancy (Mark) McElhiney of Bettendorf, Iowa and their sons, Joseph and Samuel McElhiney; grandson Charles (Michelle) Button; son-in-law Charles “Chuck” Button of Buford, Georgia; and her brother-in-law Charles Murray of Mason City, Iowa; Bill’s children Margaret Waller of Eden Prairie, Minnesota and son Matt Waller; Patti Parker of Davenport; Jeffrey Parker of Davenport and daughter Becky Parker and son Andrew Parker; Mary (John) Kassing of Clive, Iowa and their children Thomas, Grant and Caroline Kassing. She was preceded in death by both husbands, daughter Sue Button, grandson Jeffrey Button, sister Indus Murray and her parents.
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