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L. Mercedes Parker
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L. Mercedes (Teddy) Parker, 93, passed away at Brandel Manor in Turlock on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Born on Dec. 25, 1915 and raised in Merced, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Charles Ellis Parker.

She is survived by her four sons, William (Louise) Parker of Merritt Island, Fl, Robert (Sue) Parker of Ridgecrest, CA, James (Diane) Parker of Turlock, CA and Tom Parker of Farmington, CA; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graduate of Modesto, J.C., she was an advocate for education. She was president of the PTA in Belmont and Farmington. She will always be remembered for her love of children and supporting all their activities, including BSA den mother and neighborhood "Grandma."

She also was a woman of great faith and supported the church wherever she lived. She taught Sunday school in both Belmont and Farmington Methodist churches and was always a willing participant in many church related activities.

Typical of peoples' affection for her, she was named Farmington Citizen of the Year. Those who knew her always said how sweet and kind she was. She didn't learn to drive until she was 50 and as family and neighbors will attest, driving was about the only skill she never mastered.

Her loving attitude and kind spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

Graveside services were held at the Farmington Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13 followed by a Memorial service at the Farmington Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Farmington Methodist Church, 25626 Elm St., Farmington, CA 95230 or Hospice of Emanuel, 1850 Colorado Ave., Turlock, CA 95382.

Deegan Funeral Chapel is in charge of services with an online register available at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Feb. 18, 2009