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September 7, 1918 - April 13, 2016
Marion “Katie” Alemath Parker (nee Vair)
Left this world to be with her Lord on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Woods Park Care Centre in Barrie at 97 years of age. Marion was a devoted Christian and an active member of Trinity Anglican Church in Barrie and St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Minden.
Marion was born in Allendale and over the years lived in Barrie, Minden and at her cottage on Naiscoot Lake. From her early years Marion loved sports and played basketball and volleyball at Barrie Collegiate Institute where she was given the nickname Katie, which she kept for the rest of her life. Later she loved to lawn bowl and curl, and was a member of the Barrie and Minden Curling Clubs. In 2005 she celebrated 50 consecutive years of curling with family, friends, and fellow curlers. Also an avid CFL fan she hosted and participated in Grey Cup parties along with her husband Elton for many years. Katie was also a crack shot with a rifle and in her earlier years often went duck hunting in the fall with Elton. She wrote poetry and was dedicated to sharing her experience at her beloved cottage, “How Come” through her journals.
Katie loved and was married to Elton Parker for 44 exciting years until his passing in 1984. Although she was an only child she started what was to become a very large family beginning with her four children, Jon (Gloria), Brian (Joan), Jamie (Sandy) and she always said she “finally got it right” when she had a girl, Noni (Stephen). She had eight grandchildren, Brydon, Stirling, Amy, Joel, Amanda, Matthew, Sean and Ian. Then came along ten great-grandchildren, Meghan, Ruthie, Caleb, Jacob, Jack, Cole, William, Beau, Seth and Sadey. In Katie’s words, “Holy Dum Doodle!”
We would like to acknowledge the very special companionship and friendship provided by Laura Amon over the last 10 years. Through her visits she became like one of Marion’s family and spent many wonderful hours with her. We are also very grateful to and wish to extend our special thanks to her warm and caring care givers on the 2nd and 3rd floors at Woods Park Care Centre and to Dr. McConvey for his compassionate care.