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Sally Elizabeth Parker

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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A memorial and celebration of life service for Sally Elizabeth Parker, 73, will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, June 26, 2008, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 315 E. Pecan, Converse, Texas, 78109. Rev. Michael Clark will officiate the service.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday at Porter Loring Funeral Home.

A reception will follow the memorial and celebration of life at the church. Parking at the church lot on Pecan and Jefferson Street.

Sally Elizabeth Parker passed away on June 8, 2008.

The daughter of the late Alexander and Rachel Olsen, she was born on June 25, 1934, in Racine, Wis.

Sally completed high school in Spencer, and attended the University of Iowa where she was the Rush Chairman and President-Elect of her Sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. She married Paul on July 2, 1955, and together they lived an Air Force life for the next 29 years. After training in Texas, they moved to California, South Carolina, North Carolina, The Philippines, and back to Texas. In California, she helped start a new pre-school and a Bridge Club. While in Clemson, SC, at an ROTC assignment, she was the President of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, represented the military wives in civic organizations and was active in the local Episcopal Church. After settling in the Philippines in 1968, she established a contract bridge group at the Service Club for all base personnel and directed all of the bridge activities. Returning to Pope AFB, NC in 1970 she held offices in the Officers' Wives Club, including President. As President, she successfully petitioned the IRS to grant the base thrift shop tax-exempt status. In 1976, they returned to the Philippines. She resumed her role there as the Base Director for the American Contract Bridge League's (ACBL) sanctioned games and played golf regularly. During this assignment, they traveled to India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. Returning to San Antonio in 1978, she decided to go to work and became the Customer Service Manager of O'Krent Fabrics for the next 17 years. After retiring, she returned to her favorite entertainment--Contract Bridge and attained Bronze Life Master status. She was involved with the Boysville Auxillary for over 20 years, worked at the St. Mark's Lenten Lunches and was elected to the San Antonio unit ACBL Board of Directors.

They traveled to New York during their 50th wedding anniversary year and fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams -- to see the Statue of Liberty.

Sally is survived by her husband, Col. Paul A. Parker, USAF (Ret); two daughters: Susan Satterfield, and husband, Dr. Steven of Asheville, N.C., and Amy Hoveida and husband, Raymon of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren; a sister. Marianne Boyd and her husband, Robert of Spencer; and her in-laws, David and Barbara Parker and their children, live in Rock Island, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Boysville, P.O. Box. 369, Converse, TX, 78109. St. Mark's Rejoice Fund, VistaCare, The American Cancer Society or your favorite charity.