Rebecca Parker

Rebecca F. Parker, who had worked as an administrator for Maryland Legal Services Inc., died Jan. 17 from breast cancer at her Charles Center apartment. She was 62.

A daughter of a minister and a homemaker, the former Rebecca Fletcher was born and raised in Camden, S.C., where she graduated from high school.


She moved to Paterson, N.J., in the 1970s, and first worked at a Woolworth's department store before becoming a cost accountant for General Electric Corp. She also had been a GE product model.

She married Ronald Parker in 1973, and while living in Paterson, she was an active volunteer at St. Brendan parochial school in Clifton, N.J., and Paterson Catholic High School.

She moved to Baltimore in 1996 and took a job as an administrator with Maryland Legal Services Inc., from which she retired last year on a medical disability.

"She demonstrated time and again her skills, charm and common-sense approach to many solutions," said her husband. "Hundreds of Maryland judges, lawyers, state senators, delegates, bankers and representatives of nonprofit organizations were overwhelmingly satisfied by her service."

Her work earned her an Unsung Heroes Award in 2008 from Maryland Legal Services Inc.

Mrs. Parker enjoyed interior decorating and designing, and making jewelry.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Marble Room of the Tremont Grand Hotel, 225 N. Charles St., which will be followed by a life celebration in the Tower Club, 15 Charles Plaza.

In addition to her husband, a semiretired stock trader, Mrs. Parker is survived by her daughter, Joy Aisha Parker of Baltimore; a sister, Laura McNeil of Elizabeth, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Aretha Freeman of Talladega, Ala.; three step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.