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01/08/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Betty Spiers Parker

Betty Page Spiers Parker
(16 July 1936 - 05 Jan 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1954

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news today. 
  Betty Spiers Parker, Class of 1954, passed away in Fredericksburg on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 at the age of 74.

From the Daily Press - 01/07/11:   

                      Betty Spiers Parker
    FREDERICKSBURG - Betty S. Parker, 74, of Fredericksburg, was called home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, after a long illness.

Mrs. Parker was born in Newport News on July 16, 1936, and lived there with her husband of 42 years, Raymond G. Parker, until his passing in December of 2003. She then came to Fredericksburg to live with her daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Parker was an active member of Chancellor Baptist Church. She is also a member of the Boykota Sunday School Class, the Women on Missions, The Chancellor Adult Choir, and the Young At Heart Senior Group.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her parents, Janie and E. Page Spiers; her uncle, Eugene Hines; and her in-laws, Ruth and Razmus G. Parker.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Betty P. and Lee Rose; three grandchildren, Amanda Leigh, Hunter Shaw and Benjamin Cole Rose all of Fredericksburg; two aunts, Louise Hines of Sun City Center, Fla., and Mary Spiers of Richmond; numerous cousins; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Parker and his wife, Cathy of New Tazell, Tenn.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Chancellor Baptist Church. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 125 Olde Greenwich Dr., Suite 150, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

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Published in Daily Press from January 7 to January 8, 2011. Visit Guest Book


January 07, 2011

  Dear Betty & family,

Please accept my sincere sympathy in the passing of your dear mom. I know she was comforted to be near you, your husband & your children during the past years. I bet she was an awesome grandma!

Your mom was fun to work with at Transportation Engineering Agency & our group of retirees still meet monthly for lunch.

God bless you & give you strength during these difficult days.

January 07, 2011  

I once read, "Memories are a gift to be opened when those we love seem far away." Our Bible study group will not be the same without "Miss Betty." Yet, how I would love to know what you are seeing and doing now! I know it has to be so amazing that we don't have words for it! Dear Rose family, just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. "Miss Betty" loved Beth Moore Bible studies. This was you "Miss Betty"...written by Beth Moore.


"Satisfy me not with the lesser of you. Find me no solace in 'shadows' of the True. No ordinary measure of extraordinary means...The depth, the length, and breadth of You and NOTHING in between. Etch these words upon my heart knowing all the ordinary roadblocks plague extraordinary miles. Your power as my portion. Your glory as my fare. Take me to extremities, but meet me fully there."

~ Janet/Rick Louderback, Fredericksburg,

January 07, 2011  

When despair grows in me and I awake in the middle of the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my childrens' lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great Heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~ Lee, Fredericksburg,

January 07, 2011  

So many things I thought I knew
When the truth was I had not clue
You took my hand and showed me the world.
In such way I cannot begin to describe.

With all the laughs and tears
We shared through the years
Not one time did I regret the memories we made
even in the darkest shade.

For light always conquers the dark
This I know in my heart.
You gave me strength when I had doubts
Even taught me what true love was all about.

Because of you my faith grew forever stronger
No matter how hopeless it seemed at times
You, if no one else, was always by my side.

You will be missed, but my dearest and one of my closest friends,
I look forward to see your smile in heaven again. <3

~ Mandy, Fredericksburg,

January 07, 2011  


I always admired your courage and strength and positive attitude. You blessed us with your loving spirit and will be missed in ways immeasurable. I know God has you designing the structures in your imagination now ! Love You, Lee

~ Lee, Fredericksburg,

January 07, 2011  

For seven long years I've fought the fight
I've fought the fight with all my might.

Tired and weary - I must now go
and take the hand of the Father I know.

No more suffering
No more pain
all of this was not in vain

I'm now in glory with my family and friends
and in the arms of Jesus, my redeemer and friend.

I know you will miss me - but don't be sad.
for one day I'll greet you in this promised land.

Let this be not goodbye, but see you again one day

So grow closer to God
Please don't turn away.

I'm looking forward to spending eternity together someday.

----by: Betty Rose
inspired by my Mom - Betty Parker

~ Betty Rose,

January 07, 2011  

Oh Mom, how I am going to miss you. I loved taking care of you. Watching you this last week broke my heart. You were not suffering, but I was. I will never ever forgot the last morning with you -as I held you in my arms and I -felt your last heartbeat. I promised you that you would not die alone - you were surrounded with your family by your bedside. As I watched you slowly slip into the arms of Jesus - I could feel him holding me too and giving me the comfort and peace that I so desperately needed.

I know now that you will always watch over me. It's not goodbye, but see you later!

~ Betty Rose, Fredericksburg,

January 07, 2011  

My grandmother was a very unique and special woman, who had unbelievable strength and faith beyond anyone I really have ever known. The seven years I was privileged to live with and get to know her was a sure blessing for me. I'm going to miss her sweet smile and laughter, getting lectured about my youthful stereotypes, all the times catching her lick the bowl, getting chocolate all over her face doing so, the endless spoiling behavior, and all the great times we had together. I will not mourn, but praise her life. I love you, and because of you, I know I'll be seeing you again when I'm on the other side when it's my time.

~ Hunter Rose, Fredericksburg,

January 07, 2011  

She was our family too. She always had a smile and laugh, even near the end. She suffered so much but always had a brave face. She taught us all and we will miss her so much. She is now at rest to suffer no more and would tell us all to celebrate her life. All our love to Betty, Lee, Mandy, Hunter, and Cole. With love and prayers, Paul and Sandy

~ Sandy Wasser, Fredericksburg, VA

January 08, 2011  

Betty Rae

So sorry to hear about your mom. You had a very special mom as you know. I am happy for you that your mom was able to spend recent years with you. You will cherish the time spent with her I know. Donna & I will keep you and your family in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Joe & Donna Blanchard

~ Joe Blanchard, Yorktown, Virginia

January 14, 2011


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Betty's family and friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Lead Me Gently Home

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1879
(7 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909)

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

* Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

"Lead Me Gently Home" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 05/16/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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