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Robbie Mae Parker

Salt Lake City, Utah — Robbie Mae Parker, The Yellow Rose of Texas, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, after complications from a fall. Born in Houston, Texas, Aug. 18, 1920, she first stepped foot outside the heat of the South when she married Dick Parker in 1946 and he transported her to the wilderness of New Hampshire where they made their home for 66 years in the Newport/Newbury/Sunapee areas. This is where she spent the rest of her life being an influential and tireless community supporter.

Robbie proudly worked in Newport’s insurance business at Gauthier & Woodard and in the jewel business at MJ Harrington. She raised her children to exemplify her selfless traits as she chauffeured them to schools in Newbury, New London and Newport. Robbie dedicated her life to helping others and lived a joyful life doing so. She sang from her soul in the South Church choir, roasted numerous turkeys, and baked supreme cookies, all for sharing with her many friends in the Lake Sunapee area.

Robbie’s final seven months of life were spent sharing sunny adventures in Utah with her grandson, Ben, who dedicated his life to helping his grandmother and providing joy by playing the piano while Robbie sang her favorite songs. Many will miss her beautiful smile and positive confident influence.

Robbie is survived by children, Mary, Bob and Jim; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the South Congregational Church, 20 Church St., Newport, NH 03773, or

Robbie’s interment will take place in the Spring/Summer in both her hometowns of Houston, Texas, and Newport, N.H.

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