LEXINGTON, Mich. -Dorothy M. Parker, 83, a resident of Lexington, Mich., passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at Regency on the Lake.
She was born on March 27, 1930, in Painesdale, a daughter of the late Charles and Tyyni (Narvi) Torro.
Dorothy married Erwin W. "Shorty" Parker on December 6, 1947, in Hancock. He preceded her in death on June 19, 1988.
Together with her husband Shorty, Dorothy owned and operated Parker Construction for many years. She had been a member of the Lexington United Methodist Church since 1961. Dorothy was also a life member of Lexington Chapter 137 Eastern Star (now merged with Croswell Chapter 236).
Dorothy is survived by her children, Keith E. (Susan) Parker of Lexington, Gail Parker (Stephen Anderson) of Massachusetts, Laurie (David) Waldie of Florida, Cindy (Greg) Ferriby of Applegate, Debbie (Fred) Fogal of Lexington and Denise (Guy) Bennett of Alabama; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four sisters, Beverly (Jim) Butcher of Croswell, Mich., Elsie Maki of Atlantic Mine, Shirley (Don) Kahler and Helen (John) Cline both of Croswell and formerly of Tapiola; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Chad Fogel; a brother, Kenneth Torro and a sister, Betty Raisonen.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday in the Pomeroy Funeral Home in Lexington, with an O.E. S. Services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home with visiting from 1 to 2 p.m. Rev. Maureen Baker of the Lexington United Methodist Church will officiate.
A luncheon will be held immediately following the service in the church.
A committal service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday in the Lexington Cemetery.
Memorials in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Lexington United Methodist Church.
"Dorothy was the loving, supportive matriarch of her family and left a legacy of strong family values."