Viola Parker worked hard to take care of her large family, said her daughter, Mary Anna Coln.
“Her family was the most important thing in her life, and after family came church,” she said.
Viola Parker, 94, of Portage, died March 29. She had been a custodian at the Indiana Dunes State Park. She also was a custodian at Yost Elementary School for 17 years, retiring in 1980. She was a member of Crossroads Family Church in Portage.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Parker, in 1982.
Parker, a mother of ten, revolved her life around making sure the family operated smoothly, whether it be helping out by working, or running the household.
She would get up early in the morning and stay up late into the night making sure everything was done the way it was supposed to be, Coln said.
“She was constantly busy. She could get up, go to work, work all evening at home, and then go mow her mother’s yard,” she said. “She did not have a lazy bone in her body. She got upset with people who could not keep up with her.”
She knew how to stretch a dollar, and would often take an outgrown coat and sew it so a younger member of the family could wear it, Coln said.
She loved music, and could play the guitar and mandolin. Coln said some of her favorite memories are of when relatives would come from out of state and the family would stay up all night, playing music together.
“She had such a love for her family,” her daughter said. “Family was first and foremost for her.”