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Helen Wheatley Parker, a resident of Easton, Maryland and former long - time resident of Cambridge, Maryland passed away on Sunday morning, 9 August 2020. Helen was born on May 1, 1937 in Cambridge, MD, the daughter of the late Harley C. Wheatley and Grace Marie Wheedleton-Wheatley. She married Orian S. Parker on April 22, 1956. Orian died on August 20, 1998.
Helen is survived by her daughter Leah P De Angioletti of Glen Burnie, MD and son Jeffrey L. Parker of New York, NY and Easton, MD. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was predeceased in death by brothers Donald C. Wheatley and Bobby Wheatley of Cambridge, MD.
Helen attended public school in Cambridge, MD and completed her final two years of education at the Pilgrim Holiness School in Allentown, PA.
As an adult, Helen held positions at the Dorchester General Hospital, Farmer’s and Merchants Bank, and Signet Bank. She also held a license in Geriatric Care and had been an accomplished Hairdresser for some years.
She loved her homes and devoted many hours to them, taking great pride in her well honed skills at decorative painting, wall papering and decorating. She instilled in her children the love and appreciation of beauty in all things.
Above all else, she was a passionate gardener who along with her late husband Orian could be found working together in the garden well into dusk on many evenings from early spring until the onset of winter. Along with her extraordinary Peonies, the Herb Garden that they designed and created together was her pride and joy. They were inspired by multiple trips to Colonial Williamsburg and Longwood Gardens - and the plan for the Herb Garden was the culmination of their lengthy research of those gardens.
Of all places, the garden was certainly where she found her peace and greatest joy. Whether delighting in the long summer afternoons or quietly having conversations with the Lord, the garden was Helen's sanctuary and where she so often found that thin place closest to God.
In the 1990’s they travelled to England where she was also delighted by the beauty of so many English Gardens.
Helen was also an accomplished cook and baker and was never daunted by trying a new recipe from her large collection of cook books. She had a special knack for intuitively knowing how to improve a recipe and make it her own. More than any time of year, Christmas was a joy in the Parker Home. Special meals, cookies and her famous "Black Walnut Cake" became a holiday tradition for the rest of her life. At this time of year the garden was put to rest and the focus was on Christmas Trees, Holiday decorations and the most beautifully wrapped gifts one could hope for. Helen, along with Orian made Christmastime magical.
After the passing of her husband in 1998, she spent the late chapter of her life singularly devoted to her children. Her entire focus and purpose was loving them - and she shamelessly made that clear to anyone with whom she spoke.
She continued to enjoyed her frequent trips to New York City and The Hamptons where she was loved by many.
In recent years, she moved to Cooke’s Hope in Easton, MD with her son where they together made her final home.
In life Helen had an unwavering faith in God. She often spoke of that faith and how it had sustained her through many dark hours.
She has now faithfully made her crossing and joined the company of so many that love her.
Services will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Christ Church, Cambridge at 2:00 PM. Officiating will be The Rev. Canon Bernie Schroeder.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Helen’s name can be made to:
Christ Church, Cambridge, Coastal Hospice, or The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.
I remember walking down the steps at Bloomingdales in Manhattan with her son and husband in 1992 She tripped and immediately accused Orion of pushing her. Ding dong. But she did bake well and she was certainly was obsessed with her son Jeffrey, the decorator, spiritualist taste maker (according to him) from NY. May she Rest in Peace.
Jurij Senyshyn Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Helen Parker
Kathy (Ross) & Keith Elzey Aug 21 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Leah and Jeff.You have my deepest sympathy.Your Mom was a wonderful lady.I missed her in her later years.I loved reading and discovering so much I never knew about her.She is now with your dear Dad.They are now a match made for heaven.All your great memories will get you through this tough time.R.I.P.
Scott Hubbard Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM
My prayers go up for each of you.
JoAnne Wingate Nabb Aug 11 2020 12:00 AM
I worked with Helen for a number of years at Signet Bank. She was always smiling and shared many cute stories. I had the good fortune to see her many Christmas trees.
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Helen was a godly woman who loved her family. She was like a ray of sunshine when shecame into church. May God you and your family with strength and His love at this time andalways.
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A candle was lit in memory of Helen Parker
Eldred Jones Aug 11 2020 12:00 AM
So very sorry for your loss. She was the first person I knew that had multiple Christmas trees in her home. (That was decades ago, when most people only had one.) Through the years, she was always caring, and always lots of hugs and smiles.
Barbara Powell Windsor Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM
I so loved Miss Helen so very much...our "Lady Bug" as she was affectionaly known too. We shared so many great times together. We shared many conversations and enjoyed going to the Philadelphia Flower Show together. Great and beautiful lady. A true lady and friend indeed. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand. Sending love and prayers. She is finally reunited with.. the love of her life dear Orion. Such a great man. Lovely couple.
Colleen Curran-Bromwell Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM
As you grieve know that we are thinking of youGloria Cliff-Byerly
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