Docia Maxine Brown Parker was born on June 15, 1921, in Labette County to Loyd and Mary Bess (Robison) Brown. She attended grade school at Shiloh grade school and college at Parsons Junior College and Pittsburg State University.
She earned her master’s degree in education and taught at the elementary school level for 40 years. The last 20 years she taught kindergarten and first grade at Weir.
In 1948, she married Raymond Parker, who was in the service at the time. He survives of the home.
In 1949, she moved to Honolulu, where Raymond was stationed. She taught school there in a Christian missionary school.
Docia remained a member of the Baptist denomination from age 8 until 1970, when she joined the Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg. She served as a deacon and was a member of the ladies Bible study group and the sewing group.
Docia was an avid quilter and a charter member of the Little Balkans Quilt Guild in addition to making several quilts on her own.
Docia and her husband loved to travel and visited Europe several times as well as New Zealand and Australia. They took many trips by bus within the U.S. as well as by auto, covering all the states and Canada.
Other survivors include a son, Bruce Mark Parker, who was born in Hawaii, and his wife, Candace (Bradley) Parker; a daughter, Sharlene Leilani Parker Pruett, who was born in San Diego; five grandchildren, David Parker and his wife, Sarah, and their children, William, Anna and Alexander, Daniel Bruce Parker and his wife, Amy, and their children, Miles and Evan, Damon Michael Parker and his wife, Stacy, and their son, Byrnes Parker, Dannae Beth Parker, Russell Parker Pruett and his wife, Sarah Jane (Kennedy), and their child, Leilani Parker Pruett; a step-granddaughter; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Church, Sixth and Pine, Pittsburg. Inurnment will be at a later date. Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested the Presbyterian Church and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, 66762.
Online condolences can be left at www.bathnaylor.com.