Elizabeth Cecelia (Ruth) Parker

December 29, 1934 ~ July 26, 2022 (age 87) 87 Years Old


The Service for Mrs. Parker will be live streamed on the Facebook Page of Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor.


Elizabeth Ruth Parker passed away peacefully on July 26, 2022. Liz, as she was known to her friends, was an adventurous person, who was not afraid to tackle any challenge with patience and perseverance. Many remember her unique personality and devotion to helping others.

Born in 1934 to Camille Ruth and Marion Fontenot Ruth, Elizabeth was the oldest of nine children: Antoinette Ruth Gates, John Ruth, Albert Ruth, Wilbert Ruth, Jocelyn Ruth Ogden, Richard Ruth, Caffey Ruth, and Priscilla Ruth.

Elizabeth graduated from Xavier University Preparatory High School in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1952. She attended Xavier University, where she met her future spouse, David Parker. She then pursued a career in nursing, working at Duke University Hospital in Durham and Public Health Hospital in New Orleans.

Elizabeth was adventurous and fearless.  Her spunk and can-do attitude led her to many unique experiences, between New Orleans, her birth city, and Durham, where she settled permanently.

Elizabeth was a very spiritual person. She spent many hours volunteering.  Some of her activities included the Altar Society, Parish Life, Senior Crusaders, CCD Faith Formation, and the Landings Committee, a program for inactive Catholics to return to the church.

Elizabeth loved traveling in and out of the country with David. They went on several cruises and trips across the world. She enjoyed meeting new people on these vacations and experiencing different cultures.   

She leaves to cherish her memory: her sister Priscilla Ruth; her devoted daughters Davida Trumbo, Toni Atkinson, and her spouse Darryl Atkinson; grandchildren Darlie Atkinson-Hugill, her spouse Eric Hugill, Nina Trumbo, and Matthew Trumbo; great-grandchildren Karielle Atkinson and Kohlton Hugill; and nieces and nephews Troy Sawyer, Jessalyn Joshua, Derek Ogden, Sean Ogden, Michelle Wiggins, Jillian Spears, and Kenyatta Ruth.

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August 3, 2022

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor
3137 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

August 4, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Holy Cross Catholic Church
2438 South Alston Street
Durham, NC 27713

Funeral Mass
August 4, 2022

11:00 AM
Holy Cross Catholic Church
2438 South Alston Street
Durham, NC 27713


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