June Lorraine Parker
June Lorraine Parker
  • March 19, 1919 - November 13, 2017
  • Winston Salem, North Carolina

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June Lorraine Chandler Parker passed away on November 13, 2017. For over seventy-four years she was married to the late Dr. John E. (Jack) Parker, Jr. June, born on March 19, 1919, in Schenectady, New York, was the only child of Benjamin Irving and Mildred Chandler. She grew up loving the winter activities of skiing, ice-skating, and ice sculpting. She always looked forward to summer visits with her maternal grandparents and aunt in Syracuse, New York. June graduated from her beloved Mount Pleasant High School in Schenectady and continued her formal education at Syracuse University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and for several summers lived in the French House at the university. It was in a French master's class that she met Jack. They were married on October 22, 1942.
June is survived by and loved her daughters, Judy Land and Jeannie Boyd and her husband Mark Boyd. She is also survived by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Rob and Cara Swink and their children Josh, William and Hadley; Scott and Lisa Swink and their child Abigail; Erin Swink Dzielecki and Kevin Dzielecki and their children Anna, Kate and Jack; and Benjamin and Mandi Boyd and their child Merida.
June and Jack moved to Winston-Salem in 1956 when Wake Forest University relocated there. They were long time members of Centenary United Methodist Church and the Clay Class. June taught French part-time for a number of years at Salem College. She also spent many hours painting landscapes and playing the piano and organ. She and Jack enjoyed over twenty years of travelling to Switzerland as Jack was the leader of a Wake Forest University independent study program. She and Jack also looked forward to going to their home in Winter Harbor, Maine, each summer from 1969-2013.
The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Woods for their loving care and assistance through this past year. They welcomed June, as well as Jack, as members of their own family. They were always gracious and kind to June's family and friends.
Memorial Service will be Thursday, November 16, at Centenary United Methodist Church at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Maine Sea Coast Mission, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609, or to Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.