Elizabeth A. "Betty" Parker, 74 of Rockland died at her home on March 3, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Milford daughter of the late Thomas and Anna (Lees) Fitzpatrick and was raised and educated in South Boston. Betty has made her home in Rockland for the past 43 years.
She had been employed by the Town of Rockland for more than 23 years. She was a clerk in both the Health Department and Town Clerk's Offices and for 18 years prior to her retirement in 2012, she was the Administrative Assistant at the Rockland Highway Department. For many years she enjoyed "moonlighting" as a bartender at the Whitman VFW.
Betty loved to play games of chance. She was an active participant and volunteer at St. Bridget's Bingo and she also played at Holy Family in Rockland and at the Pembroke Knights of Columbus. A highlight for her was excursions to Las Vegas and the Twin River Casino in Rhode Island. She was also an avid Red Sox Fan.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Thomas B. Parker and her children, Patricia Ann McSweeney and her husband Thomas, Debra Marie Newcomb and her husband Robert, and Mary Elizabeth Parker all of Rockland, Thomas Broderick Parker and his wife Teresa Fabiani of E. Bridgewater.
She was the grandmother of Ashley and Samantha Newcomb, Taylor and Thomas McSweeney and Joseph Parker, the sister of Leo Fitzpatrick of Quincy,
John S. Fitzpatrick of S. Boston and the late Thomas P. Fitzpatrick. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
The family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate her life on Thursday March 7, 2013 from 5-8 PM in the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home 135 Union St. Rockland. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM in St. Bridget's Church in Abington. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Center, 1 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA.