Donna  Parker
Donna Parker, age 87, of Washington, Iowa, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Rosewood Memory Care Center at Halcyon House in Washington.

Celebration of life services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Washington with Pastor Kwang Song officiating. Calling hours will begin at noon on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Hospice Compassus and the United Methodist Church Choir. Online condolences may be sent for Donna's family through the web at

Dwight and Dorothy (Loy) Berrier were called from their farm duties on August 22, 1932 to bring into this world their beautiful daughter, Donna Marie Berrier. Donna thrived on the family farm until beginning her schooling at Bumble Bee School, where her mother formerly taught. She graduated from Agency High School in 1946 and continued her education at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa where she was a member of the Theta Upsilon Sorority.

While home on summer break, Donna worked at the diner in Ottumwa, Iowa where she met a handsome but shy young man named Russell Eugene Parker, who would become the love of her life and husband for 67 years. To this union, four children were born. Donna was a proud Army wife who taught her children to experience life outside their comfort zones, the value of having and being (a) friends and the value of having responsibilities not only in their lives but in their actions. Donna worked in retail, retiring from JC Pennys after 20 years of service. Donna was a member of the United Methodist Church in Washington, where she was a long standing member of the choir and the UMW.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Russell Parker of Washington, IA; sons: Donald Eugene Parker and wife Patricia of Cedar Rapids, IA; Russell Allen Parker and wife Heidi of Ottumwa, Iowa and Dwight Clarence Parker and wife Thau of Columbus, GA; daughter, Diane Albers and husband Gary of Walford, IA; six grandchildren: Patrick Parker, Dr. Kelley Parker Peterson, Abraham Parker, Olivia Parker, Bryan Roeben, and Tyler Albers; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald Berrier and wife Donna of Swisher, IA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Dwight and Dorothy Berrier; parents-in-laws, Clarence and Hazel Parker; and siblings-in-law, Jack Parker, Marie Fuller, Robert Parker, Francis Parker and Irene Wintermote.
Published on November 13, 2019


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Gary McVey
Nov 13, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Donna's passing. We were classmates at Agency High School, Class of 1950. Spent many hours in class and the study hall with Donna. She was an excellent student and a good friend.
Gary McVey
Kerrville, TX