DUDLEY — Darlene L. Parker, 66, a lifelong Massachusetts resident, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Monday, March 22, 2021 at UMass/Memorial Hospital In Worcester.
She was born on February 13, 1955 in Waltham, being the youngest daughter of Bernice A. (Doucette) Sandstrom and Edgar Sandstrom, both of whom predeceased her. She resided there with her parents and her older sister, Denise Sandstrom, who also predeceased her. And lived with them most of her childhood into her teenage years. She has an older brother that she leaves behind, Donald Sandstrom and his wife Lorraine of 60 years of Stow, an older sister ,Barbara (Sandstrom) Jordan also predeceased her.
Darlene leaves behind her husband of 42 years, Ralph H. Parker, Jr. married 37 years, her three children and their spouces; Jeremy and Jennifer Sandstrom of Auburn, Sean Parker and Angela Cormier of Woodstock, Conn., and Emily and Michael Henderson of Webster also, three grandchildren; Samuel Parker, Anya Sandstrom, and Maya Sandstrom. She also leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews from both the Sandstrom family as well as the Parker family Including brothers-in law and sisters-in-law. Both of her parents-in-law predeceased her, and one brother-in-law also predeceased her. She leaves behind many friends as well.
She was a graduate of Waltham High School in 1973. Her early years were bright and full of love until a wave of tragedy that fell upon her family left her and her mother to become inseparable, right up until her mom “Bea” passed away in the family home in 2011. She worked a number of jobs in her life but the one she enjoyed most was being a homemaker, mother, wife, and nanny as she was a genuine people person and loved guiding children and people of all types. All those people she welcomed into her home she would make them feel that her home was their home and all were always welcomed. She loved spending time with family, home hobbies, and caring for her pets with which she adored just as much as her family. In her later years she was a doting grand-mother of three. Her grandkids were her life. She lived the last twenty years in Dudley with her husband, and with their children not ever being very far away. Her life will always eclipse her absence from this world, as she was a caring and loving person who could always see the good in people.
The amount of lives she touched she has touched and shaped is unquantifiable. With that being said, her family invites you to come and share your warm memories and give condolences amongst family and friends at the Robert J. Miller Funeral Home, 366 School St., Webster on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 5-7pm.
A Graveside Service will be Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1pm at Lake Grove Cemetery in Holliston.
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