Hazel H. Parks, 82

Guidance counselor

June 11, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Hazel H. Parks, a retired guidance counselor who was active in her sorority, died Thursday of a hemorrhagic stroke at her West Baltimore home. She was 82.

Born Hazel Harrell in Timmonsville, S.C., she moved to Baltimore as a child and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1944. She earned a bachelor's degree in education at Morgan State University and had a master's degree at the University of Rhode Island.

She taught at the old Public School No. 1 on Greene Street and Calverton Middle School, and was later assigned to public school headquarters. She retired in 1988.

Mrs. Parks participated in numerous bridge clubs. She was a Democratic elections judge in the city. She also was a member of the Rosemont Community Association and sat on the Foster Care Review Board for Baltimore City.

She was a member of and held leadership positions in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

"My mother's true love was working with children, and she envisioned and spearheaded the sorority chapter's summer camp," said her son, Alvin M. Parks of Baltimore. "This camp was an opportunity for the children from the Park Heights community to have recreation, tutoring, computer training and a safe place during the summer. In some years there were more than 150 participants."

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues, where she was a communicant and was a member of the St. Agnes Guild.

In addition to her son, survivors include her sister, Hattie Harrell Faulk of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Her husband of 33 years, Alphonso Parks, who held jobs as a teacher and postal worker, died in 1986.

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