- March 19, 2015
- Hockessin, Delaware
of Dorris' Passing
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Dorris Vines Parker, age 93, passed away peacefully with family members at her side, March 19, 2015. Dorris was a 45 year resident of Wilmington and Hockessin Delaware, moving there with her husband, the late Donald Chester Parker, a many year employee of Hercules Inc.
They moved to this area after Hercules positions at Bessemer AL, Kingston NY, and Olympia WA. Dorris was born in Birmingham Alabama, the daughter of Roberta Sellers Vines and John William Vines. She had two sisters, the late Billie Joyce Vines Fullington, and the late Nell Vines Ferrell, both of Birmingham AL. Dorris attended West End High School where she met her future husband, a football and baseball all star. Dorris was active in the French and Latin clubs, a member of the National Honor Society, graduating with honors, and receiving a partial academic scholarship to Birmingham Southern College, a noted liberal arts school of the Southeast. With the advent of WW2, however, she was unable to attend college and entered the wartime work force at Liberty National Life Insurance Co. in Birmingham. Her husband volunteered for active duty with the Marine Corps, where he served in the South Pacific.
Following the war years Dorris became a homemaker in Bessemer AL, raising two sons. It was in this community where she first developed a love of bridge. Summers were spent in vacations to Florida and the Great Smokey Mountains, areas that she loved. After moving to Kingston NY, Dorris became active in a social role to her husbands work as Hercules Plant Manager. She frequently found time to explore the beauties of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. After moving to Wilmington, where her husband had assumed a position in the Hercules home office, Dorris continued as a family homemaker and assisted in the active care of grandchildren. Many new and long friendships developed in her new Hockessin community, often of the Hercules family.
Additionally, she became a routine and frequent visitor to the local library and a prolific reader of novels and nonfiction. She was interested in flowers, trees and nature and loved spring and fall walks in the Dupont gardens of the area. She loved music of all genres and Celtic Dancing. She continued to play bridge as long as partners could be found as she grew older. Up until the last few weeks of her life she remained very active, reading, daily scanning of the Wilmington newspapers, and congressional political support. She was a contributor to local police, law enforcement and fire.
Dorris is survived by 2 sons, Dr Chris Parker MD of Atlanta GA, and David Parker of Hockessin, a brother in law Bill E Fullington of Birmingham AL, 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Services are being held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Birmingham, AL.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the St Jude's Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.