Evelyn Parker SOUTH BURLINGTON — Evelyn Parker, 93, of Pillsbury Manor South in South Burlington and formerly of Berlin, Vermont, and Dunnellon, Florida, died with her family at her side at her home on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Mary Evelyn was born on May 7, 1925, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Alho) Luoma. While named Mary, she was always Evelyn throughout her life. When she was 5 years old, the family moved to Leicester, Massachusetts, arriving in an open top car which her father borrowed from a friend. At the Leicester family farm, she was raised with her 11 siblings. She graduated in 1944 from Leicester High School and in 1947 from Worcester Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Worcester, Massachusetts, as an Registered Nurse. She formed lasting relationships with the nurses who graduated with her and kept in touch throughout her life. On Nov. 23, 1947, Evelyn married G. Lawrence "Larry" Parker of Rutland, Vermont, at the home of her parents in Leicester. Evelyn and Lawrence enjoyed 47 wonderful years of marriage until his passing in August 1995. Early in Evelyn’s career, she worked as a Registered Nurse at various locations as she traveled the world with her husband who was a U.S. Air Force officer. Their children were born in capitals around the world: Tripoli, Libya, Washington, DC, and London, England. In 1968, the family moved to Vermont and for many years, she and her husband owned and operated Flower City Florist in Berlin and Flowers by Emslie in Barre. She and Larry enjoyed a long retirement traveling the U.S. in their motor home and residing in Dunnellon, Florida, their 21st residence since 1947. In 2003, Evelyn returned to Vermont where she lived in McAuley Square senior housing in Burlington until moving to Pillsbury Manor South in February 2018. Evelyn was an avid reader and crafter in the areas of painting, quilting and ceramics. Evelyn was a devoted and active member of the Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, most recently attending the First Congregational Church, Burlington. Survivors include her children Reed Lawrence Parker and wife Brenda, of Williston, Vermont, Leslie Edward Parker and wife Peggy, of Plainfield, Vermont, Barbara Evelyn Parker, of Vershire, Vermont; her siblings Sylvia Forgit, of Worcester, Massachusetts, Ruth Guilfoyle, of Westfield, Massachusetts, Nancy Dorr, of Leicester, Massachusetts; five grandsons Eric and wife Elana, Josh and wife Brandi, Chris, Sam, Will and partner Hannah; four great-grandchildren twins Sophia and Riley, Ezra, Ayla; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and several siblings. There will be a graveside service held in the spring in Berlin Corners Cemetery, Berlin, Vermont. The Parker family would like to thank everyone at Pillsbury Manor South, Elderwood at Burlington and BAYADA Hospice for the superb care and comfort they gave our mother for the past several months. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society or the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

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