Doris Clara (Mason) Parker was born on April 6, 1923, at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia. She was the only child born to Grace P (Anderson) Marshall. Early Saturday morning, January 16, 2021, God called her from her earthly home to her heavenly home.
At an early age, Dot, as she was called by family and friends, had a passion for learning. Dot was sent to Virginia to live with her Grandparents so her Mother could earn a living in New York City. Dot was an only child, however, when she went to live with her Grandparents, she inherited 12 uncles and aunts who became like brothers and sisters. She was educated in Charlotte County VA and graduated Valedictorian of her class.
Mommy/MomMom left VA around 1942 and headed back north to Philadelphia to pursue better employment opportunities. Upon arriving in Philadelphia, she worked as a seamstress and after the birth of her second child, began her career with the Department of Defense.
Dot married the late Patrick H Parker on February 22, 1947. Two children were born of this union, Patrick (Skip) and Grace. Her husband passed away in April 1979.
Dot was a faithful member of Zion Baptist Church for over 60 years. When she was no longer able to attend Church, she would watch various Church services on television and she read her Bible every day. Dot loved to tell all, “God, Got The Power!” So many times, I remember Mom saying she was talking with Jesus. Throughout her life, she believed God would give her the strength and courage to manage through life challenges.
Dot was a good cook and she believed in eating healthy. Her life was full and happy, and she enriched the lives of many people.
In November 2019, Dot was finally able to learn about relatives on her father’s side of the family. Sadly, her siblings predeceased her.
Having the love and respect of friends and family, she leaves a legacy of love to her devoted daughter Grace, her adored son Patrick, her amazing daughter-in-law Sharon, her cherished grand and great grandchildren Ameen, Parker, Amina, Laila, Amaya, and a host of loving relatives and friends.
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