Elaine C. Parker, 80

Bank teller, sports fan

October 07, 2007

Elaine C. Parker, a homemaker, sports enthusiast and bank teller, died Monday of lung cancer at the home of her son in Goldsboro on the Eastern Shore. The Greenbelt resident was 80.

Born Elaine Charland in Detroit, she later moved with her family to Virginia Beach, Va., where she attended school. There, she met her husband James R. Parker Jr., a sheet metal worker.

The couple married in 1949 and settled in Greenbelt, where they raised three children. After her children were grown, Mrs. Parker worked for many years at Suburban Bank in Bethesda.

The Parkers were avid sports fans. They had season tickets for the Washington Capitals, and were also Washington Redskins fans, said a son, James R. Parker III of Churchville.

"They followed all kinds of sports," he said. "My mother taught me to play baseball, and my father taught me golf. We were a family that played together."

The elder Mr. Parker died in 1981.

Mrs. Parker donated her body to science. The family has planned a celebration of her life Oct. 20 at the home of another son, David R. Parker of Goldsboro.

In addition to her two sons, survivors include a daughter, Elaine J. Parker of Greenbelt; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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