Juneau resident Frances Louise Parker died peacefully Dec. 12, 2009, while surrounded by family at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 93.
Born Dec. 4, 1916, in Holtville, Calif., to Polish immigrants Bertha and William Powell, she grew up in Holtville and Arcadia, Calif. She met Robert, her future husband and the love of her life, in El Centro, Calif. They were married in 1936 and celebrated 73 years of marriage last April.
Her life was focused on her husband and family. To be with family was her greatest wish, her family said.
She was an accomplished seamstress, making many dolls and doll clothes for children and grandchildren. She was also well known for her delicate china painting. She loved camping and fishing, taking a photo of every fish she caught.
Frances and Robert moved to Juneau in 2000 to be close to family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Gertrude Sunstrom, Onna Noble, Margaret Smith, Loraine Yost and Evelyn Elder; brothers, Edward and Ralph Powell.
She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Robert Parker; children, Fred Parker and wife, Vickie, of Valley Center, Calif., Cindy Larson and husband, Thom, of Bend, Ore., Bob Parker and wife, Sharon, of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Peggy Metcalf and husband, K.J., of Juneau; and 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the Juneau Pioneer Home for family and friends. For additional information, call 586-6738. Memorial gifts can be made to the Juneau Pioneer Foundation, 4675 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801.
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