OBITUARY

Cheryl L. Parker

November 20, 1947January 2, 2019
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LEWISTON: Cheryl L. Parker, 71, of Lisbon Falls passed away unexpectedly on January 2, 2019 due to illness. She was born in Decatur, Illinois on November 20, 1947 a daughter of Godfrey and Doris (Perry) Herscher. She was a 22 year resident of Melbourne and Indialantic, Florida and was a graduate of Melbourne High School. She subsequently moved to Lisbon Falls in 1981 with her Navy husband Wayne, where she fell in love with Maine and settled. After working eight years in the private sector, and an additional combined 34 years of federal service at Patrick AFB; Naval Station, Mayport, FL; and the former Naval Air Station, Brunswick, ME., she retired in 2006. She also served as a Maine notary public and wedding officiant for 26 years. She was a member and officer of the Merrymeeting Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). She organized a local chapter of the Red Hat Society, which was comprised mainly of former coworkers of NAS Brunswick and valued their friendship and companionship on many fun adventures (with plenty of laughter) over the years. Her mantra was "Take time to laugh...it's music for the soul".

Cheryl is survived by her son, Christopher Cook of Wales; her daughter, Melissa of Cynthiana, KY; her grandson, Brandon Anderson and her great granddaughter, Madison of Lewiston. She also leaves behind her sisters, Norma Boyd of Macco, FL, Carma Hughes of Oveido, FL as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Wayne.

Visiting hours will be held at Crosman on Wednesday January 9, 2019 from 11-1pm followed by a funeral service at 1pm also at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the care of Crosman Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 40 Main St. Lisbon Falls, 353-4951.

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  • Cheryl is survived by her son, Christopher Cook of Wales; her daughter, Melissa of Cynthiana, KY; her grandson, Brandon Anderson and her great granddaughter, Madison of Lewiston. She also leaves behind her sisters, Norma Boyd of Macco, FL, Carma Hughes of Oveido, FL as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Wayne.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, January 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Dan Strauss

January 9, 2019

I knew Cheryl as a colleague and linchpin of our Brunswick (#1796) Chapter of NARFE (National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees). We worked together closely with her, as she was long-time Secretary of the Chapter and I was President. I remember her loyalty, willingness to take on any task with thoroughness - her unspoken motto was if you do a job, do it well - and she did. The website for the chapter that she developed and maintained was superb - The Director of our Region - encompassing the New England states and New York - said it was the best website he'd ever seen. She was superb in planning and organizing the state convention held May 2018 in Freeport - it wouldn't have come off nearly as well without her invaluable assistance.

I remember also the joy and generosity with which she led and participated in our chapter activities, notably the Yankee Swap that she ran at our December meetings the last few years.

I'm so sorry that Cheryl's health declined and her sudden, unexpected, passing. RIP Cheryl.

Jacqueline (Queen Tinker Belle) DeLasso

January 8, 2019

We will miss her as well, quick with a smile, and quick to let you know if there was something that
needed to be done!
Loved her dearly. We would banter through emails as we plotted and schemed events etc..we would tease
and promise to help each other hold up the bar lol! Rest easy dear lady, Angels Bless

Sharon-Leigh Leclair

January 8, 2019

Cheryl will be missed by many of her Red Hat friends. She was a joy to be around.
Rest In Peace

Janet Mitchell

January 7, 2019

Will miss u Cheryl, who is gonna keep us Red Hot Tamales (red hatters) in line. RIP sweet lady we will remember the good times, the laughter, & yre smiling face. ❤️😘🙏🌺

Debbie & Skip Collins

January 6, 2019

Dear Melissa, Chris, and other family members,
I personally have many wonderful memories of Cheryl from working with her at the Naval Air Station in Brunswick where our friendship started, through her excellent leadership in the Red Hatters, and her caring ways during a time when my health made even simple things hard to do. She was so gracious to be one of the caring and kind hearted folks that helped my husband and I get to appointments at CMMC when I lost part of my right leg and couldn't drive. She was a big part of getting meals to us after I got home and was trying to recover so to make sure we had some nutritious food that saved me from trying to cooking when I couldn't. Her smile, her laugh, her wisdom, her generosity, and her willingness to try new things will always be part of the positive memories I have of Cheryl. One Red Hat meeting at the campground we were at had her joining others tubing down the river...she really enjoyed herself in all she did. We extend our deepest sympathy to all of you and know getting over this is not possible, but getting thru it will hopefully be helped by all the wonderful memories and love you feel for her. You will all be in our prayers. RIP Cheryl.....you will be a special Angel for sure.

Brenda Sweeney

January 5, 2019

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. She was a amazing woman that I and many others will miss daily. She is your angel watching over you and her Red Hat Sisters.

Love,
Brenda (Lucky Lady)

Dorothy Gallant

January 4, 2019

I enjoyed seeing Cheryl at Red Hat gatherings. She had a beautiful smile and was a kind lady. I will miss her.

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Biography

LEWISTON: Cheryl L. Parker, 71, of Lisbon Falls passed away unexpectedly on January 2, 2019 due to illness. She was born in Decatur, Illinois on November 20, 1947 a daughter of Godfrey and Doris (Perry) Herscher. She was a 22 year resident of Melbourne and Indialantic, Florida and was a graduate of Melbourne High School. She subsequently moved to Lisbon Falls in 1981 with her Navy husband Wayne, where she fell in love with Maine and settled.
After working eight years in the private sector, and an additional combined 34 years of federal service at Patrick AFB; Naval Station, Mayport, FL; and the former Naval Air Station, Brunswick, ME., she retired in 2006. She also served as a Maine notary public and wedding officiant for 26 years.
She was a member and officer of the Merrymeeting Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). She organized a local chapter of the Red Hat Society, which was comprised mainly of former coworkers of NAS Brunswick and valued their friendship and companionship on many fun adventures (with plenty of laughter) over the years. Her mantra was "Take time to laugh...it's music for the soul".
She is survived by her son, Christopher Cook of Wales; her daughter, Melissa of Cynthiana, KY; her grandson, Brandon Anderson and her great granddaughter, Madison of Lewiston. She also leaves behind her sisters, Norma Boyd of Macco, FL, Carma Hughes of Oveido, FL as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Wayne.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com Visiting hours will be held at Crosman on Wednesday January 9, 2019 from 11-1pm followed by a funeral service at 1pm also at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn.