Originally created 01/22/06

Mrs. Frances Parker (MILLEN, Ga.)



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MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Frances Tabb Parker, 88, passed away on January 20, 2006, after a lengthy stay at Kentwood Nursing Facility in Augusta. Mrs. Parker was born in Keysville, the daughter of the late Georgie Ellis and Charles Tabb. She spent her formative years in Milledgeville with her father's sister. She moved to Millen in 1936 to become the dietician at Thompson's Hospital. At the Millen Post Office, she met Joseph Parker and they married in 1938. She became a farmer's wife and during World War II, she knitted sweaters for the Army in Europe. Meanwhile, she started her family in 1940. She earned her college degree in education from the Georgia State College for Women in the early 1950's. She went on to earn a Masters Degree around 1960. She was a career educator, serving as Visiting Teacher for Jenkins County from the early 1950's until her retirement in 1982. She remained active in her Sunday School Class and the Millen Baptist Church, as well as community affairs, until she moved to Augusta in 2001. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Millen Cemetery. She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph, Jr. and Susan of Medfield, Mass., Ed and Margaret of Augusta; her grandchildren, Timothy of Manhattan, Kan., Nicholas of Albuquerque, N.M., Marisa Swierski of Augusta, Sid of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will follow the graveside service at the Millen Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kentwood Nursing Facility, 1227 West Wheeler Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909. Crowe-Fields Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle January 22, 2006