Theodora lived in Minnesota until the age of 11 when she moved to California with her parents and siblings in 1942. She later lost her father to pneumonia in 1943. Theodora graduated from John Swett High School in Crocket, California, in 1947.
She met and married Gladden Parker in 1948 in Reno, Nevada. They moved to Mountain Grove, Missouri, in 1976 where they began a beef and dairy farm. You would oftentimes find Theodora working right alongside her husband, milking cows and putting up hay. Her hobbies included working in her flower gardens and traveling. She was an active lady who was always on the go. Theodora was an amazing cook. Her kids and grandkids will tell you that she made the best homemade bread you could find. Every Christmas Eve you would also find a huge homemade pot of minestrone soup on the stove.
Theodora was active in the Dairy Women’s League, Wright County Republican Women, and T.A.R.G.E.T., as well as all of her children’s school activities. In 2017 Theodora received a certificate of recognition from the Missouri House of Representatives which was presented to her by Representative Hannah Kelly.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Gladden Parker; two sons, Guy Parker and Steven Parker; her daughter-in-law, Sue Parker; her grandson, Travis Parker; and her brother-in-law, Bob Henry.
Theodora is survived by two sisters, Ilene Henry of Galt, California, and Jean Chebotarewich and husband Vic of Modesto, California; one brother, Orlin Trandahl and wife Dee of Squim, Washington; two sons, Dan Parker of Mountain Grove, Missouri, and David Parker and wife Terri of Sebastopol, California; one daughter, Carol Barnes and husband Bret of Mountain Grove; eight grandkids, Jeff Parker of Eugene, Oregon, Michael Parker of Scottsdale, Arizona, Chalmer Parker and wife Staci of Blue Springs, Missouri, Bo Parker and wife Amanda of Mountain Grove, Duane Parker and wife Misti of Rogersville, Missouri, Bobby Barnes and wife Meagan of Lebanon, Missouri, Dustin Parker and wife Laura of Santa Rosa, California, and Bridget Stinson and husband Brian of Mountain Grove; 23 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and two more great-great-grandchildren on the way.
Theodora will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Visitation was held Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Funeral services followed the visitation, also at the funeral home, with Rev. Bill Morris officiating. Song selections were “Don’t Blink” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Singers were Bo Parker II, Abby Parker, and Emily Parker. Bo Parker, Bo Parker II, Bobby Barnes, Duane Parker, Brian Stinson, and Chalmer Parker served as pallbearers. Dusty Parker, Austin Parker, Alan Parker, Travis Parker, Michael Parker, Dylan Parker, and Cyrus Parker served as honorary pallbearers. Burial was in Clifty Hall Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.
Memorial contributions may be made to Clifty Hall Cemetery or Hospice Compassus c/o the funeral home.