PARKER, After a greatly rewarding and fulfilling life, Bettie (nee Barnes) Parker passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at her residence, Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas, in her 90th year. Predeceased by her life partner of 63 years, Jack in 2009. Dearly loved mother of Janet Hanley, and Bruce Parker and his wife Jinny Behrens, all of London. Cherished grandmother of Ryan Hanley and his wife Jennifer of Williams Lake, BC, Jennifer Hanley of Clinton, Hayley and Joel Parker of London, and proud great grandmother of Michael Hanley and Blake Hanley. Also fondly remembered by her step-brother, Lyle B. Sifton and his wife Louise of St. Thomas, sisters-in-law, Helen Berry of Aylmer and Pat Parker of Corunna, as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her step-sister, Nancy McPhee. Bettie was born in Cobourg, ON, August 1, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Harry B. Barnes and the late Alma (nee Clarke) Barnes Sifton, and step-daughter of the late Leonard B. Sifton. Bettie graduated from Alma College, St. Thomas in 1942. She was employed in clerical work with Ashton Plumbing and Weatherhead until 1946. Following the death of her father in 1950, she managed the Imperial Bakery until it closed in 1975. She was secretary of Trinity Anglican Church from 1975 to 1986, and was a member of the church since 1930, its oldest active parishioner. At the time of her death, her faith was complimented with a few steps upon a Buddhist path. Upon retirement, she travelled extensively with Jack to over 27 countries. Declining health placed her in Caressant Care Nursing Home. With Jack being a resident in Caressant Care Retirement Home, they dated extensively. Bettie became a member of the Resident’s Council and the Palliative Care Committee. She began an interest in watercolour painting, and pursued various interests online. She continued a lifelong love of knitting and knitted 14 sweaters for underprivileged children in 2009. Bettie supported numerous charities. Being an only child, she took pride in reconnecting with a number of cousins whom she communicated with by phone, letter, and email. One of her most proud accomplishments was the accumulation of a great number of dear friends. Thank you to the staff of Caressant Care whom Bettie regarded as family. Cremation has taken place, and her cremated remains will be placed in the scattering garden at the Old St. Thomas Churchyard, Walnut St. A public memorial service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church (Wellington & Southwick), St. Thomas on Sunday, January 20th at 3:30 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, memorial donations to the Caring Cupboard or the Old St. Thomas Church Restoration Fund will be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).
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