Nancy (Lewis) Parker
CONCORD - Nancy (Lewis) Parker, 72, of Concord and a native of Groton, died peacefully, following a brief illness, on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Emerson Hospital in Concord. For 50 years, she was the adored wife of George F. Parker, III.
She was born on March 10, 1945 to her late parents, F. Woodward Lewis and Elizabeth (Allara) Lewis. During her youth, she attended Groton public schools and went on to receive an undergraduate degree from Boston University. Subsequently, she completed a master’s program at Lesley University in Cambridge.
She met George at the Chatham Wayside Inn and they were married on August 26, 1967. After living a few years in Ithaca, New York, they made their first real home together in Belmont, MA. They were the tenants of the Gallaghers or “Outlaws” (not quite in-laws but something else required one of Nancy’s unique terms of endearment) who subsequently became their very best friends.
Her professional life was devoted to bestowing happiness on children through literature and special education. For over twenty years, “The Book Lady” ran book fairs for schools all over Massachusetts.
As a Concord resident for over 40 years, she was a member of the West Concord Union Church, as well as an active member of the community itself. She was often seen in her funky fashion attire around town, and was never shy to engage friends and strangers alike in upbeat conversations.
Above all, Nancy’s family and close friends were at the center of her life. She frequently opened her home to nieces, nephews, and her sons’ friends over the years. The spare bedrooms were rarely vacant for long. She truly loved a full house.
Regular family trips to Chatham, Sugarloaf, Maine and various other locations around the country rounded out her robust lifestyle. She prided herself in holding the Parker family record for the largest Striped Bass, which tipped the scales at a whopping 48 pounds.
Holidays, birthdays, family vacations, and get-togethers were made that much more memorable by her infectious smile and vibrant laugh. Much planning went into each celebratory cake that she crafted for a loved one (who could forget the GI Joe, R2D2, T-rex, Pac-Man, or naked lady). She will be remembered as a beloved wife, devoted mother, loving grandmother (Nonie), and cherished friend.
In addition to her husband, she leaves behind two sons, Paul Woodward Parker and his wife Alison of Concord, Edward Allara Parker of Boston, two grandchildren, Luke and Declan Parker, her sisters, Tina Nash and her husband Jim, Sarah Lewis-Van Hoogen, all of N.H. and a bunch of nieces and nephews. Nancy was also the sister of the late David and Woody Lewis.
Family and friends will gather for visiting hours on Monday, November 27th from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm at the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center. A celebration of her life will be held in the spring of 2018.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Alliance for Children Adoption Services, a non-profit organization that assisted in bringing the Parker family together (www.allforchildrenadoption.org).
Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord. To share a remembrance or to send a condolence in Nancy’s online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com.