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Geraldine Parker
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 • Posted November 24, 2010

Geraldine (Haley) Parker began her new life in Heaven on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

Gerri was born on August 29, 1926, to parents Dee Orlan and Myrtle (Kelso) Haley in Fredonia, Texas. She was the fourth of six children. At the age of 16, she married her beloved, Wayne Hobert Parker, on October 5, 1942, in Brady, Texas. After 56 years of matrimony, God called Wayne (d. 1999) home.

She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, and son, Barry Orlen. Gerri is survived by her oldest son, Roger parker and wife Arlene; daughter Darla Kaye (Tutt); son Tommy Parker and wife Diana; daughter Brenda (Roye) and husband David; as well as thirteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Gerri’s childhood was predominately spent in Fredonia, Texas. Gerri and Wayne alternately lived in Big Spring and Corpus Christi, Texas, raising their five children. Gerri was a devoted homemaker and mother.

Among her other accomplishments, she was the seamstress for Billy Pugh’s rescue nets used by NASA.

In 1972, they moved permanently to their lakeside home in Mathis, Texas. Wayne made sure their pier faced west in order to enjoy every perfect sunset. For many years, Gerri ran a successful business - Cakes by Gerri. However, during her free time, she enjoyed hanging out with Wayne, fishing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Wayne and Gerri were also strong in their faith in Jesus Christ, often hosting church services in their home. Several years after Wayne’s death, Gerri relocated near her children in central Texas. She lived in an assisted living center and was able to relax without the worries of running a household.

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