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06/18/1935 — 01/14/2019
From Kennewick, WA | Born in The Dalles, Oregon
Charlene D. Parker, 83 of Kennewick, WA passed away on January 14, 2019 in her home. She was born in The Dalles, Oregon to Clifford and Charlotte Jackson.
Charlene’s family moved a lot in her early years, because of this she learned how to make and keep friends. She loved to ride her bike and also loved to roller skate, sometimes she would ride her bike with her skates on at the same time. She was asked if she ever rebelled as a teenager and she replied, “I’ve always tried to do what my folks said and to this day it's still one of my bad habits.”
Charlene met Cleve in church when she was 17 and he was 18. She always said that she knew the moment they met that they were soul mates. They married two years later and spent the next 64 years truly in love.
She was so proud of her children and being able to stay home to raise them. She enjoyed selling real estate while living in Canada. Charlene began working for Ben Franklin Transit after moving to the Tri-Cities and stayed until she retired. She loved to travel; she would joke that she must have gypsy blood because she would barely get home before planning the next adventure.
Charlene is survived by her husband, Maynard “Cleve” Parker; daughter, Victoria K. Clark; daughter, Rochelle D. Jager (Shelley) and son, Gregory C. Parker (Greg). She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren: Owen, Cameron, Robin, Jason, Nicholas and Cheryl; and her 10 great-grandchildren: Jackson, Evelyn, Anna, Aden, Charlie, Cylus, Austin, Jayden, Garrett and Logan.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clifford B. Jackson and her mother, Charlotte A. Jackson.
“I walk with my God, even though I seldom voice my faith. He is beside me whenever I call and I have placed my life in his hands. I am at peace in my faith for whatever life has in store for me.”
Please join us celebrating the life of Charlene at Events at Sunset, 915 ByPass Hwy in Richland, on Friday, January 25, 2019, starting with public visitation at 10:00 am, followed by her service at 11:00 am and the committal at 12:00 noon at Sunset Gardens.
A reception will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 21205 South Verbena Street in Kennewick. It will be a potluck affair, please bring your own beverages.