HANCOCK - Sarah E. Parker, 96, a resident of PortagePointe in Hancock, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.
She was born in Boston Location on July 4, 1916, a daughter of the late Gustave and Mary (Petrie) Waarala. She attended Boston Location School and was later employed in the family businesses, most often at Waarala Hardware in Calumet.
She married Frank Parker May 8, 1937, in Detroit and they raised their family in the Boston area. The couple spent many enjoyable winters in Florida. Frank preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1990.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
In later years, she lived in Arbor Green and for the past six years made her residence in PortagePointe. She especially loved when family members came to visit her.
Sarah was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hancock.
She loved watching TV sports, especially hockey, golf and football. She would often call both of her sons and talk about different games and golf tournaments.
Besides her husband and parents, Sarah was also preceded in death by five brothers: John, Fred, Gust, Harold and Paul; three sisters, Ida, Edna and Ellen; and a daughter-in-law, Lori Parker.
She is survived by two sons, Gerald (Jean) Parker of Chassell and James (Barbara) Parker of the Hancock Canal area; five grandchildren, Jill (Eric) Wohlfeil, Jennifer (Tim) Belmore, Jeff Parker, Joy (Eric) Laitinen and Jason (Andrea) Parker; 16 great-grandchildren, Martha, Matt, Madeline, Margo, Mitchell, Maxwell, Colton, Abigail, Anna, Timothy, April, Parker, Ashley, Carolyn, Jillian and Adalynn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the First United Methodist Church in Hancock with Rev. Amy Terhune to officiate. Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery in Hancock.
Friends may call for an hour before services at the church on Thursday.
The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with arrangements.
To leave online condolences, please go to oneilldennisfh.com.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 401 Quincy Street, Hancock, MI 49930 in the name of Sarah E. Parker.