A COMMEMORATIVE RECOGNITION IN HONOR OF CARRIE CECELIA PARKER
Carrie Cecelia Thompson was born April 28, 1948, in Detroit, Michigan, the seventh child of nine to parents Preston and Ida Mae Thompson Sr.. She attended Craft Elementary and Condon Middle School. Carrie was part of the sixteen-member Senior Supreme Club, sponsored by the YMCA at Western High School, where she graduated in June 1966.
One of his lifelong interests and passions has been art, taking classes to create beautiful sketches and some of his drawings and designs are recognized on T-shirts made for family and friends.
She learned about God from her mother, Ida Mae, and accepted Christ at an early age. Her older sister Leola was also instrumental in her gaining a deeper spiritual foundation in the Lord. She was baptized and this was the birth of her ministry solidifying her Christian faith and her walk with the Lord. Not only did she take Sunday school at Bethesda Church, but she taught there for over 10 years. Carrie was gifted with spiritual discernment and wisdom.
On June 28, 1969, Carrie married Henry C. Parker Jr. her childhood sweetheart, soul mate and Vietnam veteran. They have two daughters, Erica and Portia, and have been married for over 52 years. She was always a woman of valor, grace and beauty, and affectionately loved by all.
Carrie worked for General Motors Company for over 20 years. After her husband’s retirement from the city of Detroit, she retired soon after, with them moving to San Tan Valley, AZ.
Carrie was a devoted wife and mother. She dedicated her life to sowing seeds of faith with her family, friends and strangers. She was a staunch member of New Beginning Ministries, a non-profit organization for women in distress, founded by her sister Leola, and participated in an array of community service activities throughout her life. Rising early to speak and hear from God, she was a prayer warrior and led her family and friends in early morning Bible devotions and evening prayer line Vespers.
Carrie and her husband became members of Way of Life Christian Church, receiving their certificate of ordination as pastors on September 2, 2012. Both later attended and became members of Mountain View Church in Queen Creek, AZ, where they have been involved in many ministry outreach services.
In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling on excursions with her husband, family and friends by air, land and sea, even taking trips to places like Egypt and Paris, France.
Carrie suddenly left this life to rest in the Lord on Friday, February 4, 2022. Those preceded her in death were her parents: Preston Thompson Sr. and Ida Mae Thompson, siblings/(parents-in-law): Leola Parker (Gillie), Preston Thompson Jr. (Barbara Jean), Barbara Jean Lindsay and Jacqueline Smiley.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories: her husband, Pastor Henry C. Parker Jr., – aka “”Bobo””, children: Erica Ashley (Michael) and Portia Parker-Jones (Thomas), siblings / ( in-laws): Nathaniel Thompson (Peggy), Emma Thompson, Shirley Moore, Pamela Cox (Michael) and (Willie Lindsay, husband of Barbara Jean Lindsay).
Carrie considered her in-laws as siblings, showing no bias and to continue her memories are in-laws: Teresa Coleman Graham (John), Dorothy Murdock (James), Stephanie Williams and her brother-in-law: Marvin Parker (Danielle), a granddaughter: Tahira Ashley, and a grandson: JP “”The Turtle”” as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
February 17, 2022
Family Hour: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Service: 1 p.m.
Final arrangements entrusted to SAN TAN MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME 21809 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ
February 18, 2022
Burial: 10:30 a.m.
ARIZONA NATIONAL CEMETERY
23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ
Published by San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home and Advance Planning Center from February 12 to February 13, 2022.