Dorothy Ann Gowen Hughes Parker was born in St. Louis on May 12, 1918 to James A. Gowen and Minnie Jane Foster Gowen. She is one of nine children: Clifford, Raymond, Jimmy, Virginia, Livesay and Mary Eaves. Three children died in infancy. As a teenager she moved with her family to Gray Ridge. There she met and married Jesse Ray Hughes Sr. in August 1938. Together they had five children, Delores Hughes Frame Krings (Duane) of Cathedral City, California, Jesse Ray Hughes Jr. (deceased), Shirley Hughes Corlies (Charlie), Larry Hughes and Gary Hughes (RoseAnn) all of Dexter. She has 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
When Ray sadly passed away she was left with four children to raise alone. A few years later she married Joe Parker and loved his two daughters, Georgia McElyea and Ilene Moore (Bob). A few years after Joe passed away she moved to Central Gardens where she was lovingly cared for by a wonderful staff. She will be best remembered at Central Gardens for her sense of humor and her "Dorothyisms" , ("I'm Dorothy Parker and I park right here").
She was a full time homemaker, loving and supportive wife and the most caring and kind mother. After moving from Bloomfield to Dexter she became a member of First General Baptist Church, then in later years she moved her membership to Second General Baptist Church in order to attend with her daughter and family.
Mother was a good Christian woman and we know God needed her back. Thank you God for giving us such a kind, loving, and generous Mother. We are richly blessed.
Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. Funeral services will then be conducted on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Joshua Carpenter and Rev. Kenneth Biggs officiating. Interment will follow in the Bloomfield Cemetery.
This obituary is published as written by the children of Dorothy Parker.