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Bertha “Ann” Parker
02/06/1937 — 12/18/2023
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Bertha “Ann” Parker
Bertha “Ann” Parker was born in St. Paul Minnesota on
February 6, 1937 to Raymond and Marie Urbanski. She grew
up in St. Paul along with her siblings Delores and George. Ann
passed away peacefully on December 18, 2023 in Richland,
Washington when her Lord and Savior called her home.
Ann met Everett Parker in St. Paul Minnesota while she was
waitressing at the Emporium restaurant. Everett and Ann fell in
love and were married in Arlington Hills Lutheran Church in St.
Paul on October 1, 1955.
Everett’s job as a boilermaker took them to many different
locations in the Midwest as they traveled and started their family. They lived in
California for several years before moving to, and settling in Richland, Washington
where Everett went to work at Hanford. They enjoyed living in the Tri-Cities and raising
their 5 children there. Ann’s primary role was always that of homemaker while raising
her family, but she also worked as a school crossing guard, and later in life worked
cleaning houses & buildings, before retiring. Ann kept active throughout her life and
enjoyed many hobbies, taking ceramics classes, quilting, and bargain hunting at yard
sales and thrift stores.
Everett passed away in 1992, leaving Ann a widow at the young age of 55. She never
remarried, but kept active spending time with her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
She enjoyed many wonderful vacations traveling to Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, and
around the Northwest with good friends, as well as the Rambling Rovers.
Ann attended Bethel Church in Richland for many years where she was active in the
Women’s Bible studies, and the Quilters group. She enjoyed making and donating her
quilts to the Pregnancy Center, Habitat for Humanity, and other local programs. After
moving to Brookdale Senior Community in Richland, she found her new home church in
Richland Baptist Church where she was ministered to in person, on-line through the
pandemic, and in her home community when she was no longer able to attend. Her
faith was evident to all and she was a light to those around her – she was quick to offer
a smile, a warm hello and words of encouragement. She will be fondly remembered for
her joyful spirit, contagious laughter and love for others.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband Everett Lloyd Parker, son Jeffery Parker,
daughter-in-law Angela Parker, son-in-law Tom Wurz, son-in-law Jerry Ammann, and
her sister Delores Spreigl. She is survived by her brother George Urbanski, children;
Susan Parker, Debbie Ammann and (Tom Adams), Tim and (Teresa) Parker, Dave and
(Mila) Parker, her nieces & nephews and several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
Memorial service for Ann will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at
Richland Baptist Church located at 1632 George Washington Way in Richland,
Washington. All are invited and welcome to attend.