2017-12-07 / Obituaries

Corinne Ingram Parker

Corinne Ingram Parker passed away at her home in Rockdale, Texas, on November 22, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband, Curtis Edward Parker in 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Sherrill and her son, Dr. Barry Parker, both of Houston. Additionally, she is survived by four grandchildren; Andrea Sherrill of Houston, Adam and Chyrl Sherrill of Lexington, Ryan and Jennifer Parker of Houston, Aaron Parker of Houston and three greatgrandchildren, Chace, Chance and Caitlin Sherrill of Lexington.

She grew up in Smithville, Texas. On a blind date, she met the love of her life, a handsome 2nd Lieutenant named Edward Parker, who was stationed at Camp Swift in Bastrop. They were married on March 6, 1943, and that marriage endured for 72 years until his death last year. Together they traveled the United States from Pennsylvania to California for many months prior to Edward’s deployment to his World War II assignment in France.

Upon his return, they moved to Lexington. Her father, James Ralph Ingram, built the home they lived in until they moved to their ranch in Rockdale. That home is occupied today by her grandson Adam and his family.

Her love of God manifested as one of the Founders of the First Christian Church in Lexington. Together with several of the founders, they selected a site for the church, purchased the land and oversaw the construction of the beautiful sanctuary that exists today.

In 1977, she became a member of the Rockdale Reading Club. She was honored in 2014 as their “Woman of the Year”. She was so very proud of this selection and showed her book to all of us many times.

Affectionately known as “The Queen” by both family and friends, she created the life she loved and lived it beautifully. She loved her God, her family, her cats and sunsets at the ranch. Every holiday was an opportunity to use her creative talents to decorate her home. Her creations were many and vast throughout and often expanded to almost all tabletops thus prohibiting their use throughout the season.

She was a great admirer of the many cultures throughout the world and never missed an opportunity to travel to many of them. She rode camels in Morocco, elephants in India, slept in houseboats on a lake in Sri Lanka and walked the Great Wall of China twice. But her favorite trip was her annual trip to Midtown Manhattan in New York City in the fall. She relished the sights, the smells and especially the shopping and never tired of going, even trying to plan a trip as recently as last year.

She will be remembered as a woman of style and creativity, her love for her God, for her family and for her extreme generosity to those she loved.

Rest in Peace Beautiful Lady. Truly a life well lived.

Funeral services for Corinne were held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in the First Christian Church in Lexington, with burial in the Lexington Cemetery. Pastor Rick Spencer and Pastor Mark Miller officiated.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Lexington, Texas.

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