"How tedious and tasteless the hours
When Jesus no longer I see!
Sweet prospects, sweet birds and sweet flow’rs,
Have all lost their sweetness to me.
The midsummer sun shines but dim,
The fields strive in vain to look gay;
But when I am happy in Him
December’s as pleasant as May."
Rev. Audrey Denise Parker, 61, of Coatesville, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Chestnut Hill Hospital of Philadelphia, PA. Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Donald Leo Parker, Sr. and Ada M. Winkey Parker.
She was a 1975 graduate of Coatesville Area High School, as well as a 1981 graduate of Lincoln University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in History. She also graduated from Bolden Seminary with a bachelors in theology.
She worked as a Mental Health Counselor at the Elwyn Institute and at National Liberty for 17 years.
Rev. Audrey served for many years at the Hutchinson Memorial UAME Church in Coatesville, PA, where she faithfully worked with the youth. She was a former Pastor of Mt. Raymond U.A.M.E. Church in Downingtown, PA. She loved to sing and was known for her beautiful voice. She sang on many choirs at numerous churches. She was a member of the "Militants for Christ" and a lifetime member of the NAACP.
She loved cooking Jambalaya and baking "Death by Chocolate" cake and Cheesecake.
She will be remembered as being sharp and quick-witted, a winner who would not lose an argument. She enjoyed traveling whenever possible and was indeed a "Free Spirit" who lived life on the edge. She loved hard and loved life.
Rev. Audrey is survived by one brother, Donald L. Parker, Jr. of Coatesville, PA; a special great nephew Zur'i Parker whom she absolutely loved; special niece Carla Greene of Fort Hood Killeen, Texas; god-sons: Dana Robinson, Eshmon Butler, Rev. Robert Johnson, Robert Parker, and Derek Boyer whom she cherished; a special cousin who also was her caregiver, Victoria Vann; long-time friends, Francine Logan, Felicia Eggleston and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In addition to her parents, Rev. Audrey was preceded in death by three sisters, Donna M. Parker Brickus, Ruth Ann Hammond, Gail A. Parker and a brother, George H. "Cookie" Parker Sr.
A Memorial Service Celebrating her life will be held at 10 AM on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Hutchinson Memorial U.A.M.E. Church, 825 Chestnut Street, Coatesville, PA.
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