Parker-Stanley, Anna

April 11th, 2009

Anna M. (Drysdale) Parker-Stanley, age 97, of Wilmington, died peacefully at the Woodbriar Nursing Home on April 11, 2009.

Anna was born on July 4th, 1911, in Everett, MA, on a day of record breaking temperature. Daughter of the late Katherine (Cook) and Harry Drysdale from Scotland, sister to the late Jeannette Rocco and Everett Drysdale.

She has been a long-time Wilmington resident and member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church, Widow’s Club, and the Grange. Anna liked to bake, sew, knit, and prided herself in the crafts she created for others. She enjoyed working in the kitchen at the Wildwood School until her retirement at age 70.

She lived for many years on Marion Street until moving to Deming Way where she was head of the Tenants’ Association, and donated her time to many organizations. Anna held a lifetime of memories and stories she shared with family & friends who enjoyed listening.

Since 2001 her residence has been at Woodbriar Nursing Home where she was chosen to be the Residents’ Council Representative and enjoyed announcing the daily saying & activities over the loud speaker while she could.

Widowed twice, Anna was the beloved wife of the late Elmer Parker and late Herbert Stanley. She was devoted mother to (the late) Elmer Francis Parker, Jr., Natalie Duggan & her husband Thomas of Sarasota Florida, Harry Parker & his (late) wife Linda of Haverhill, MA, Douglas Parker & his companion Sandy Cedorchuck of Tewksbury, (the late) Charles Stanley, Alice Ciarcia & her husband Joseph of Hellam, PA, and Everett Stanley & his wife Donna of Sarasota, Florida.

Among nephews and nieces, Anna “Gram” is survived by her loved 16 grandchildren and their spouses, 21 great-grandchildren, and a 5th generation great-great granddaughter. Anna has also been a special grandmother to the United Methodist Church junior class.

Funeral Services will be held in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, on Thursday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Wednesday, April 15th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.Memorial donations in Anna’s name may be made to the Wilmington Food Pantry, P. O. Box 147, Wilmington, MA 01887.

4 Entries in Guest Book for “Parker-Stanley, Anna”

  1. The Leblanc family says:

    Our sincerest condolences. I'll always remember our visit's when she was at Deming way. I would stop & visit with her sometimes after I visited with my gram when they were both at Deming Way. She alway's made me smile when I came thru the door because she would sing her nick name to me "Kelly, Angelina". Same as she would when I was a little girl.

    Gram, may you rest in eternal peace.


    Kelly, Larry & Shane

  2. Gleason family says:

    I am not sure that we can express our thoughts right now. I personally feel as though I have lost 2 moms and a husband in the past year. Anna definitely won the “I am older than you contest. Mom was one month shy of 96 when she died, so I am sure they are hooting and hollering about that ! What a wonderful example she set for all of us. Long ago I gave her a poem, that expressed her to me exactly….the line I refer to said, “and when I get old I will wear purple, a red hat…and learn to spit”.

    You go girl!!!!! Anita Gleason

  3. Jan Rosa says:

    My sister just told me that Anna passed away. I am so sorry that I didn’t know, and I want to express my sympathy to you, her family. I will always remember Anna fondly. She was the most fiesty, spirited woman I ever met. Remember I gave her that cat we brought back from Saudi Arabia, who happened to have the same voice as she had?? They were a great pair. I loved visiting her when I went to see my mother. I hope my mother and she are tearing up the community in heaven. Let’s see, has it been more than 48 hours since she arrived??We all know that Anna is already running the show.

    God bless you all, my thoughts are with you in your sorrow. Jan Rosa

  4. Carol (Nitchie)McGee says:

    Anna was always very dear to my mother, Jane, and I have many memories of Esther Circle lunches at the Deming way social hall from the time I was a little girl. Anna was loving & fun-loving, even fresh sometimes, always with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. My dad has kept me updated from his weekly visits with her at Woodbriar over the years. I was honored to be able to introduce her to my children, and will always cherish the little yellow baby sweater she made when my son was born. So many great grandchildren, and she still remembered my kids. God Bless You, Anna

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