1927 ~ 2013
Abraham Parker died Friday August 16, 2013. Born July 16,
1927 in Kanosh, Utah.
She was the wife of Virgil Jon Parker, M.D., the daughter
of James and Edna Hunt Abraham, and the mother of Heather
Kieffer, Holly Parker Holst, Matthew Virgil Parker and Paul
Her life’s joy was her husband and her children,
grandchildren and her new great granddaughter Jacqueline
Parker. She loved and treasured them all (and her faith).
She was a graduate of the University of Utah -1949. She
interned at the University of Michigan in foods and nutrition
She worked at the University of Utah Medical School in
Metabolic Research as a research dietician from 1951-1965.
In 1961 she and her husband were co-founders of Camp Utada,
a camp for diabetic children. They supervised camp as volunteers
for 25 years.
With her husband, she served missions for the LDS church
as the mission president’s wife in Belgium Brussels
Mission- 1975-77, as proselyting missionaries in Ghana and
Zaire, Africa; and ,with Virgil, as health and medical advisors
to the missions and missionaries of Western Europe, 2000-2002.
She taught nutrition to hundreds of missionaries and medical
students. She loved life! She lived fully. She was a great
teacher. Her loud voice will be missed. She is a splendid
mother and grandmother and example for good.
Jackie was committed to the Gospel and took her marriage
vows seriously. Her home and garden wherever she lived were
always gorgeous, spotless and organized. She was fearless
and adventuresome and an avid traveler and trekker. Jackie
read incessantly and was always acutely curious. She did
not procrastinate but rather jumped in and got the task
done. She served the City of Orem on the city council. She
was active in community affairs serving on voting campaigns
and working with Unicef. She was a giver not a taker, forever
grateful and expressive of her gratitude. She had a beautiful
singing voice. We love you Mom and will miss your stories,
advice and letters filled with gratitude, advice, encouragement
and news from home. We were lucky to have you as our mother.
See you again soon.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, August
19, 2013 at the Lone Peak Ward LDS Chapel, 285 North Matterhorn
Drive, Alpine. Friends and family may call from 9:00 to
10:00 am prior to the services at the church. Interment
will follow at the East Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Provo.
In lieu of flowers, Jacquelyn and Virgil request that donations
be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.