Katherine Joy Schwecke Parker went to be with her Lord on Jan. 1, 2014, in Brenham. Joy was born on Nov. 13, 1926, in Houston, to Herbert and Katherine Von Thomasson Schwecke and attended Garden Villas Elementary, Austin High School and the University of Houston. While working at the airport that became Hobby International, she met and married Robert Oran Parker. After living in Venezuela through the revolution of 1948, they made their home in Houston and then in Liberty County, Texas. Joy was an avid reader, pianist, and a meticulous seamstress, homemaker, and financial planner. She moved to Bellville in 1987, and quickly became active in the community. She was a founding member of St. Barnabas Reformed Episcopal (Anglican) Church.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, H. A. Schwecke, Jr., her granddaughter, Mary Hintzel, her great nephew, Bill Breish, and Robert Parker, Sr. She is survived by her son Dr. Robby Parker and wife, Sharon; daughter Kathy Fuller and husband, Bill; grandchildren Amber Parker, Ariel Ackerman, Ivy Thomas and husband, Rame, and Martin Fuller and wife, Meghan; great grandchildren Maggie Jane Parker, Daniel Ackerman, Wren Ackerman, Perry Hintzel, and Evangeline Jane Fuller. Also surviving Joy is her niece Carol Breish; great nephews Jonathan Breish, David and wife, Tila, and their families.
Visitation, 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville.
Prayer service, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, Reverend John Lohmann, officiating, Reverend Stephen Stults, co-officiating.
Graveside service, 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale Road, Houston.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts in Joy’s name to the: St. Barnabas Reformed Episcopal (Anglican) Church, 729 South Holland Street, Bellville, Texas 77418.
.Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418. (979) 865-2424 - www.schmidtfunerals.com.
Posted by Joy Neely