Posted: Monday, December 18, 2000

Doris Freeburger Parker

Former Juneau resident Doris Freeburger Parker died Nov. 28, 2000, in Portland, Ore., of Alzheimers disease.

She was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Juneau to Dr. George and Edna Freeburger. She completed her elementary and high school education in Juneau and she led her class in academic accomplishment. She graduated from Reed College in Portland with a degree in psychology. Her family later teased her that the psychology degree prepared her for raising a family.

Soon after graduating, Freeburger married Dean Parker, a military officer assigned in Alaska during World War II.

Parker lived in Juneau, California and Oregon until her husband's death in 1983 when she returned to the Portland area to be near her two children.

Her family wrote, "Mom was our guiding light. Her constant unconditional love, support, and sense of humor giving us the balance that we needed." She loved music, and the food and fun of family gatherings.

"She was the peacemaker in the family, the listener, always there for us. Mom instilled in us a love of travel and exploration. We still look for those "back roads" when we take excursions."

She is survived by her daughter, Sharyl Parker McCulloch, and her son, Steven L. Parker, of Portland, Ore. She is interred at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.

Persons wishing to donate in her memory may do so to The Alzheimers Association of Oregon, 1311 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97209. Family contact can be made through Sharyl McCulloch, P.O. Box 2475, Wilsonville, OR 97070, Ph. (503) 625-1085.

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