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02/16/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Glenda Howard Parker

Glenda Lee Howard Parker
(d. 09 Feb 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1959

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news today.
  Glenda Howard Parker, Class of 1959, wife of Donald Parker ('58), and sister of Teresa Howard Blaum, passed away in Williamsburg on Sunday, February  09, 2020 at the age of 78.

From the Daily Press - 02/16/20:   

                    Glenda Howard Parker


WILLIAMSBURG - Glenda Howard Parker, 78, of Williamsburg passed away peacefully on February 9th, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.

Glenda was born in Lynchburg, VA and moved to Newport News at the age of one, in 1942, where she resided for most of her life. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1959 and married her high school sweetheart, Donald, to whom she was married for 59 years.

She was a talented and awarded needlework artist who was very active in area clubs like Tidewater Sampler Guild (25+ years), Colony Homemaker's Club (45+ years), Williamsburg Rose and Thistle, and Golden Thimble (25+ years), where she served as Chairwoman for many years. Glenda enjoyed these hobbies and clubs with many wonderful friends along the way.

Glenda worked at several places in her lifetime. The last position held was with Newport News Public Schools for 14 years, where she worked with her beloved younger sister, Teresa, in Continuing Education. She served the community by volunteering 14 years at Mary Immaculate Hospital and by being a generous donator to organizations that touched her heart, like Hospice House in Williamsburg.



Glenda is survived by a small, but loving, family including husband, Donald R. Parker; daughter, Hope Parker Purvis and Son-in-law, Eric; grandchildren, Skyler, Chloe, and Griffin Purvis; sister, Teresa Howard Blaum, and brother-in-law, Tim.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, February 21st at 2pm, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House of Williamsburg or Williamsburg Humane Society. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on February 16, 2020.  

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February 16, 2020

Donald, Hope, and Family
So sorry to hear of Glenda's passing! Our thoughts and love are with all of you at this difficult time! May all the wonderful memories of Glenda comfort your hearts!

With Our Deepest Sympathy, Frank and Sandra Willoughby

~ Frank and Sandra Willoughby, Cumming, Georgia


February 16, 2020

Enjoyed so much visiting with her at Colony Pool for many years. Prayers for all of your family. She was a lovely person..

~ Dianne and Larry Puckette, Newport News, Virginia

February 17, 2020

Donald, sorry to hear about Glenda's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Many fond memories of our card games years ago. She was Terry's favorite babysitter, and a very dear friend.

February 17, 2020

Glenda was a lovely lady. We enjoyed seeing her and Donald around Williamsburg, especially at New York Deli. We are sorry we can't be at the service, and extend our deepest sympathy to Donald and the family.

Bonnie and Ben Manning

~ Ben and Bonnie Manning, Williamsburg, Virginia

February 17, 2020

Teresa, Donald, and family. Glenda was such a lovely one the last time I saw her. Teresa, I would be there if I could. My heart breaks for you and the family. Much love, Barbara Jones

~ Barbara Jones

February 18, 2020

We will all miss her at Golden Corral. My thought and prayers are with the family. She was a beautiful lady inside and out . I always loved how she wanted me to fill her in with my life when she came in . She would give me good advice always .

February 25, 2020


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Glenda's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Words by John Fawcett (1740-1817), after 1772

Music (Dennis) by Hans Georg Nägeli (26 May 1773  - 26 Dec 1836)

1. Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

2. Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent pray'rs;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one,
Our comforts and our cares.

3. We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

4. When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

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