W. Kathleen (Kathy) Parker
December 21, 1927 – April 9, 2018
Kathy Parker, a resident of Leon Valley, went to be with her Savior on April 9, 2018. She was born in Arkansas on December 21, 1927, and was preceded in death by her parents, Louie Young and Blanche(Thacker) Young; two sisters, Emma Lee Huffman and Bonita Wagner; and two brothers, James Young and George Frederick Young, and an “adopted” granddaughter, Ute Rivera. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Larry Parker, their son Steve, granddaughter Angie, family members Martha Parker, Ruby Ochoa, Maria Lopez, Marlene Ochoa, and Jennifer Perez, “adopted” grandchildren Greg Tucker, Ruby Munzell-Johnson, Katrina Ayon, nine nieces and nephews and their children, cousins, a host of close friends, and the family dachshund, Max. During her long and active life, she was a dear friend to many, and loved to entertain. Until her health declined, she enjoyed so much having friends over for meals, and was an excellent cook. She had attended Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, Texas where she met Larry. Over their married life, they lived in Missouri, Kentucky, Louisiana, Kansas, briefly in Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona, and moved to Texas in 2003. Kathy and Larry were active in the Gideon’s Bible ministry for a number of years, and had attended, and were members of, Cornerstone Church in San Antonio since 2004. Kathy personified the love of Jesus to everyone she met. Over the years, she was a Sunday School teacher at churches she attended, sang in the choir, and was active in children’s ministries and other church activities. She once authored a Christmas play that was presented in at least two churches she attended, and was famous for her annual Christmas letters to family and friends. She lived the proverbial “life well-lived.” Although all of us here on earth are tearful over her departure, and will miss her dearly, we know she was welcomed into Heaven by Jesus and all her family and friends that went before. She is no longer in pain, or suffering from ailments as a result of her declining health, and we know that those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior will see her again and spend eternity sharing memories and rejoicing.
Visitation for Kathy will be from 5:00 - 8:00pm on Monday, April 16, 2018 at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home, 6321 Bandera Road. On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 a visitation at Cornerstone Church, 18755 Stone Oak Parkway will begin at 10:30am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00am. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Highway. Memorial contributions can be made in Kathy Parker's name to Sanctuary of Hope, 18755 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, Texas 78258.
- Lawrence Steplyn Parker, Husband
- Steve Parker, Son
- Angie Parker, Granddaughter
- Louie Thomas Young, Father
- Mary Blanche Young, Mother
- John Henry Young, Grandfather
- Florence Mae Young, Grandmother
- William Riley Thacker, Grandfather
- Missouri Emiline Thacker, Grandmother
- George Fredrick Young, Brother
- James David Young, Brother
- Emma Lee Huffman, Sister
- Bonita Joyce Wagner, Sister
- She is survived by other family members Martha Parker, Ruby Ochoa, Maria Lopez, Marlene Ochoa, and Jennifer Perez. "Adopted" grandchildren Greg Tucker, Ruby Munzell-Johnson and Katrina Ayon; nine nieces and nephews and their children; cousins, a host of close friends and the family dachshund, Max.
- Visitation Monday, April 16, 2018
- Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018
- Interment Tuesday, April 17, 2018
W. Kathleen (Kathy) Parker
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April 17, 2018
My husband and I met Ms. Kathy at Cornerstone Church. She always sat in our section, and we would love watch her come in smiling, in her Sunday's best, always beautiful. For me, she became an example of true love for Jesus. Though her body was already weakened by her ailments, she would still try to lift her hands in worship to her Lord. And she always made sure to muster enough strength to stand at the reading of the Word.
She had such love for people! Even when we only see her on Sundays, we could tell we mattered to her. She invited us to hers and Mr. Larry's anniversary party. She was so happy to see us there, as if we've been part of her life for years.
The last Sunday a saw her, I told her I loved her. She said she loved me too. This is how I will remember her: she loved me!
April 15, 2018
I will miss talking with you. I didn’t call often enough but always enjoyed our talks when I did. You never forgot my birthday. I have a book you gave me when I was a child. I have saved it all these years as a wonderful memory of my loving aunt.
I know you prayed for me as you did everyone else you knew. After mom passed away her prayers stopped here on earth, but I know moms and your prayers will continue for all of us in heaven. You were an inspiration of what a Christian and loving aunt should be. I know you are in heaven and I know I will be with you again.
Cindy Lu Reagan-Hester
April 15, 2018
We LOVED Ms. Kathy!
She was a delightful person. Every time she saw us, she perked up and gave us a giant smile and big hug! We met Ms. Kathy and Mr. Larry at Cornerstone Church, on the same day they asked the Lord for friends, as confirmation this WAS the church for them! Over the years Ms. Kathy and Mr. Larry gained a MULTITUDE of LOVED ones, evidenced by the big crowd of folks who always came by to love on them! It WAS always a big crowd!
Some of our favorite times were joining them for a meal. Kathy never let anyone spend Thanksgiving or Christmas alone, not when there was always a chair for you at their table! Mr. Larry played gospel hymns on the piano often, and he joined us all in worship and praise for the Lord as he played!
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! 2 Corinthians 5:8 Kathy is rejoicing, singing, and dancing for Jesus! No more pain, a glorified body all in giving Him the glory! We look forward to seeing her again, as Our Saviour LIVES!
Do you know Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords? If not, give your heart to Jesus! He will never leave you, or forsake you! His is an everlasting love!
We will see you again Ms. Kathy! We LOVE you!
CindyLu and Michael Wayne Hester, and Rickey Lou Horne
Noel, Tammy and Sonny Rodriguez
April 14, 2018
We arrived here in San Antonio 2006 and decided to attend Cornerstone Church, where we meet Steve. Steve invited us to lunch that day with Mrs. Kathy and Mr. Larry. Once we meet Mrs. Kathy we fell in love with her, she was so loving and excepting of us even though she didn't know us. She has been such a important person to our family as she made us feel apart of her family. Our son does not have any grandparents and she took that role of one for him, as I know she did for several other children he loved her so much. She will be truly missed, but we know she is in heaven rejoicing with family and friends.
Love you Mrs. Kathy,
Noel, Tammy and Sonny