Our Family Legacy
A beautiful woman was mother and grandmother Parker. Love for God and man was her daily creed. Her smiling countenance won her many friends. Her parents were English. She was born on the 26th of June 1832 in Mount Lorrel, Leicestershire, England.
Her father died when she was a little girl, leaving a family of six, she being the oldest one of the family. As girl she has wonderful with her needle. She worked a Motto when she was ten years old, which took first prize, which is now in my home.
Her mother taught school for a living and when mother was 15 she taught school under her mother.
In 1853 she married John Parker.
On 2 Jan 1857 she was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She took in work from the factory to help her husband provide for the family. She also mothered three children of her husband's first wife.
Her door was always opened to the missionaries. Many a night mother would sit up most all night to wash for them and mend their clothes so they would be ready for them in the morning. She was a great hand to cook big dinners for them when she knew they were coming. At one time she felt she would like to be doing more in the church and she told the missionaries but one of them spoke up and said, "Why sister Parker you are doing a wonderful missionary work. The family you are raising and the good deeds you are doing".
She emigrated from England to America arriving at Liberty, Idaho the 17th of November 1877. She lived in Liberty, Idaho that winter and then moved to what was called South Liberty. The following spring they built a house on a piece of land that was her son Tom's.
She had a very hard time of it when she first came from England, but she always tried to carry a smiling face and make the best of everything that came along.
Mother and her daughter Agnes used to walk two miles and they would carry their tub, she would do a week's washing for anyone that was sick for a quart of grease and if they would give her a piece of meat how pleased she would be. Mother had a great respect for the Indians. She also said we must be good to our Lamanite brothers.
She was chosen as a Relief Society teacher under Sister Margaret Morgan and she always tried to do her duty faithfully.
She was sealed to her husband in the Salt Lake Endowment House on 6 July 1882.
Lanark Ward was organized on Sunday Evening, 13 August 1893. The following Nov. 16th 1893 the first Relief Society was organized. She was chosen as 1st counselor which office she held for six years. She was a faithful worker in the Relief Society up to her death.
When mother was in her sixties her grandson Thomas Parker had taken her to Montpelier with a team and sleigh and the team got frightened and ran away and threw her out of the sleigh and broke her leg and bruised her very bad, causing her to be in bed for weeks.
Her children and grandchildren loved to go to her home. There were four of her children staying with her the night she died. Her granddaughter Lillian Toomer was laying beside her when she passed away. She was the mother of twelve children, nine boys and three girls, four of them preceded her in death. She was grandmother to eighty seven and great grandmother to twenty eight at her death.
She died at Lanark, Idaho 1 June 1914 and was buried at Liberty, Idaho.
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