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Margaret Carrie Parker

Published: 3/16/2021 3:00:20 AM
Modified: 3/16/2021 3:00:20 AM

HARTFORD, VT — Margaret Carrie Parker, 86, died peacefully, at home, with her husband of 70 years, children, and extended family by her side, on Saturday March 13, 2021.

She was born June 3, 1934 in the Beaver Meadow district of Norwich, a daughter of George Dewey and Della (Goodell) Laber. As a young girl, Margaret moved around Vermont with her family, finally settling in Brookfield with her sister. She met Edward Parker when she was six years old, and they were later married September 1, 1951 in Vershire. They lived briefly in Quechee before moving to Maryland while Ed served in the military. After his service they settled in Hartford where they raised their family of six children, surviving several floods and a house fire. Margaret’s will to survive was clear to the end, surviving several illnesses that doctor’s thought would end her life.

Margaret learned hard work at an early age and worked cleaning homes into her mid-seventies. She also worked at local woolen mills as a spinner until the last of the mills in the area closed and then worked at Thermal Dynamics, Split Ball Bearing and Dartmouth College as well as installing concrete foundations for cemetery memorials with her husband in 123 different cemeteries around Vermont and New Hampshire.

Margaret also knew how to enjoy life and loved getting together for a good time with family and friends. She enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and trapping with her husband and children as well as trips to the casino to play the slots. In later years she enjoyed travelling with family, including trips to Alaska, Florida, and Las Vegas.

She leaves her husband, Edward of Hartford; children Edward (Susan) of Bradford, Stanley (Cathy) of Hartford, Julie Clark (Roger) of Enfield, Jane Stansbery (Bob) of Claremont, Ernest (Annette) of Norwich and Martin of Thetford; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren; sisters Grace Henry of Texas and Elsie Cline of Alabama and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by an infant daughter, Susan; two sisters Ruth Locke and Alma Shepard and six brothers Lyle, Richard, Raymond, Royal, Gordon and Robert Laber.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 17th, from 5 until 7 pm at Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct. To abide by capacity limits, guests should wait in their vehicles and funeral home staff will escort you in as space allows, in the order that you arrive. A private funeral service will be held Thursday March 18th at 2PM at the funeral home that can be viewed live through a link on the funeral home website.

Condolences to Margaret’s family may be made in an online guestbook at

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