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Virginia Parker

June 29, 1924 — February 28, 2017

Virginia Mae Murray Parker died on February 28th, 2017. She was the daughter the late Arthur and Helen (Hipple) Murray. She had been married to her late husband, Edwin Spare Parker, for 47 years. She lived most of her life in Fox Chase Philadelphia, Pa. However, she also enjoyed her summer home in Ocean City, New Jersey. She was an active member of the Grace Baptist Church: The Baptist Temple from the time the Church was located in Philadelphia to its move to Blue Bell, PA as the Grace Baptist Church. She talked about walking with her grandmother along Broad St in the dark on Easter Sunday morning, to be Baptized when she was 11 years old. She met her husband at Baptist Temple, made many lifelong friends there, and raised her children in the church. In the 1950s and 1960s, she was an active member of the church's Romany Club, serving as its President for 2 terms. She attended Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia. She left just prior to her senior year to work in her grandparent's store, Hipple's Candy Store on Susquehanna Ave in North Philadelphia. She later completed her GED and took courses at the Community College of Philadelphia. Although she was primarily a homemaker, she worked part-time for First Pennsylvania Bank while her children were in high school. Later in life she was the proprietor of Ginny's Place Shoe Store on Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ. After retiring from the shoe store, she was the Trip Director for St. Cecelia's Senior Citizens in Northeast Philadelphia. While she was in Ocean City, she was a member of the Eastern Star. Her family was very important to her. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They remember trips to Lancaster, and spending time with her in Ocean City New Jersey. She was predeceased by her sister, Irene Murray Prigger Lamour and her son, Edwin Murray Parker. She is survived her daughter, Joan Parker Frizzell, of Ft. Washington, Pa. Her Grandchildren, Virginia Frizzell Scharf, Edwin D. Parker, and Christian J. Parker. Her Great Grandchildren Peter, Melissa, Stephen and Samantha Scharf. Memorial Contributions should be sent to the Grace Baptist Church of Blue Bell: 437 Skippack Pike; P.O. Box 122; Blue Bell, PA 19422

Arrangements by Shaeff-Myers Funeral Home, Ambler.

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