It is with great sadness that the family of JoAnn Freeland Parker announces her passing on March 26, 2019. JoAnn was born May 13, 1936 to the late J. George Freeland and Mary R. Freeland. Her high school sweetheart and husband of fifty-three years, Roger Peyton Parker, passed away in 2012.
JoAnn attended Romney High School from 1950-1954 serving as a cheerleader, homecoming queen in 1954, and was crowned the Hampshire County Apple Queen in 1953. JoAnn was President of Kappa Delta Psi at Potomac State University, attended Kent State University, and finished her degree in education at Shepherd College. She was an active member for many years of the CEOS-Mecklenburg Club (Extension Homemakers) in Shepherdstown, WV. JoAnn was of United Methodist faith.
Upon graduation, JoAnn began a teaching career at the State School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, WV. After moving to Shepherdstown, JoAnn taught a kindergarten class from her home, worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Shepherdstown, and later taught 16 years with the Jefferson County School System, as a kindergarten aide at C.W. Shipley Elementary School, retiring in 1997. She pursued many passions that included gardening, quilting, painting, and playing the piano. She was a beautiful, kind woman who was always putting others first. “Mimi” cherished the time spent with her family.
JoAnn is survived by her brother, Tom Freeland and his wife, Eunice of Inwood, WV; her three children, Chris Parker and his wife, Jennifer, of Inwood, WV, Mary Jo Ward and her husband, Michael, of Fredericksburg, VA, and Timothy Parker of Frostburg, MD; her six grandchildren Dr. Kalah Ainsworth, Hannah Parker, Sean Ward, Emily Ward, Peyton Parker and Owen Parker; one great-grandson Colin Ainsworth; nieces, Terri Langley, Tammy Childs, Tracy Bowers, Tia Riner, and Wendy LaRue and families; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenny and Nancy Parker of Westminster, Maryland, and sister-in-law Kay Parker of Burlington, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Sue (Freeland) Michael; James Parker, brother-in-law, and niece, Jami Parker.
A Celebration of Life will be held on JoAnn and Roger’s anniversary, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., at the Bedington United Methodist Church, 580 Bedington Road, Martinsburg, WV 25404, with the Reverend Walter Bowers officiating, followed by a 3 p.m. interment at the Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney, WV where JoAnn and Roger will be reunited.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of JoAnn Parker to the Shepherd University Foundation for the Roger P. Parker Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.