Parker, Coliver H.

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September 29, 1930 - December 1, 2019

Parker, Coliver H.

Coliver “Collie” Hoge Parker, 89, of Houston, TX died on December 1, 2019 after a short battle with cancer.  She was born on September 29, 1930 to the late Robert and Marjorie Hoge. She is preceded in death by her brother Reynon Hoge, and by her husband of 62 years, E. Brooks Parker, Jr.  She is survived by her sister, Margo Gathers, daughter, Kate Wheeless, and sons, Jeff Parker and Davis Parker.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, who she adored.  She was a graduate of Colorado College and lived in 3 different countries with her husband, Brooks, during his 40 years with Alcoa.  For several years she was the head librarian at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial library in Rockdale, TX, which fit in nicely with her love of books.  She enjoyed ballet, opera and all things musical and loved to share that enthusiastically with everyone she met.  Her other great love was travelling with Brooks all over the world, from Alaska to Antarctica, Hawaii to Helsinki and everywhere in between.  A memorial service will be held at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 14301 Stuebner Airline Rd, Houston, TX 77069, on January 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to St Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Heifer International or a favorite charity of your choice.


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A memorial service will be held at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 14301 Stuebner Airline Rd, Houston, TX 77069, on January 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to St Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Heifer International or a favorite charity of your choice.


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Kyle Cooke

December 09, 2019 4:17PM

I agree with Mike Brown that she was totally unique! We have had a Facebook friendship for several years and I will miss her behind-the-scenes messages to me. She would send lots of messages and say, "this is too pedantic for anyone else to read." I am an opera lover too, but definitely not in the same class as Collie. She taught me so much. I would often send her opera clips that I thought she would enjoy, but I never sent her anything she'd not seen before. I would get the whole "pedantic" background on the singer and the person who wrote the opera. I'm sure she is entertaining the angels already.


Mike Brown

December 09, 2019 2:42PM

Lots of great memories with Collie (and Brooks). One of the most unique individuals I've ever known. Will never forget her acting in a little theater presentation of "Plaza Suite" in sheer terror because the actor who was playing her husband did not know his lines and her "prompting" him with her facial movements and gestures. She got him through it. Hilarious and pure Collie!