Virginia “Ginger” Parker was born on October 31st, 1924 in Randolph, New York to Howard and Frances Boardman. Ginger grew up in South Buffalo and graduated from South Park High School, class of 1942. She was the youngest of Howard and Francis’s three daughters. Ginger is predeceased by her parents, eldest son David Parker, and her beloved sisters, Helen Murdough and Patricia Hannon. She is survived by her loving sons Mark and Don, their wives Michelle and Mary, daughter-in-law Patty Parker, eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and many caring nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.
Ginger lived life to the fullest indulging her love of bowling, golfing, playing mahjong, dancing, and attending social events right up to the week of her passing. She was an active member of her community serving many terms as secretary of the West Seneca Rollers bowling league, Secretary and Treasurer of the Easy Aces investment club, member of the Daughters of Erin, and the unofficial historian of the South Park High School Alumni Association. Her tenure as Queen Ginger Snaps of the Erie County Red Hat Society lasted eight years.
Ginger retired in 1986 after a long career that included roles at Niagara Mohawk, Graphic Controls, and Westinghouse. She was most proud of her twenty years as a computer operator at Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna.
She passed peacefully after a brief illness, surrounded by family, at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo.
Friends and family may call Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the James W. Cannan Funeral Home at 3155 Orchard Park Road in Orchard Park, New York. A Christian burial mass will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (please assemble at the church). The interment will follow the mass at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Daughters of Erin, C/O: Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo, New York 14220.
The Funeral Mass will be live streamed at https://www.stthomasbuffalo.com/live-stream.