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Veronica "Roni" Parker (Purcell)
July 28, 1926 - March 11, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Veronica (Purcell) Parker &quot;Roni&rdquo;<br />We lost our wonderful mother, Veronica Helen Margaret (Purcell) Parker of Lower Sackville when she passed away March 11, 2016. Born July 28, 1926 in a now Historic-registered property on Brunswick St in Halifax. Veronica attended St Patrick's Catholic Girls School and St Patrick's Girls High School on Brunswick St and credits the Nuns with her beautiful handwriting and encouraging her artistic abilities. She graduated from Maritime Business College and Miss Murphys Business College while at the same time working part time at Clayton's sewing uniforms for the war effort. Also working for commercial photographer C.V. Maxwell and Maritime Furriers. She married Frederich Hewlett Parker and moved to Bedford, staying home to raise her two children, Deborah and Michael, she later went back to work as personal manager at Zeller's store Sunnyside, Bedford and then went to the Royal Bank as a conversion officer for their computerized payroll system, travelling throughout Nova Scotia. Retiring in 1979, Veronica rediscovered her love for painting and became well known for her lovely landscapes and florals. She was a former member of the Visual Arts Nova Scotia, founding member of the 14th Pallette Art Group as well as the Bedford Basin Artists and member of the Del Riada Art Group. In the mid-80's she operated her own gallery at the Brewery Market in Halifax and many of her works are displayed all around the world. She also enjoyed membership in the Confederation of Scottish Clans, Clan Lamont and Dartmouth Historical Society. Her love for animals was shown with the many ways she supported the SPCA. She was also a life member and Director of the Fort Sackville Foundation (Scott Manor House in Bedford). She was also the proud recipient of the 2014 Bedford Volunteer of the year award. Pre-deceased by husband Frederich Hewlett Parker, parents Martin Beck and Berthe (Keller) Purcell, brothers James, George and Patrick and sister Madeline. Surviving are sisters Bernadette, B.C, Shirley of Dartmouth and Joan, Ottawa, and brother Robert of Dartmouth. She leaves behind her two loving children Deborah Miller (Ray), Fall River NS and Michael (Cheryl) Parker Fall River NS, grandsons Alexander, Jeffrey and Samual Parker.<br />We will all miss her sunny nature and bright smile, sharp wit and encyclopedic knowledge of the Catholic Church and the Monarchy. Visitation will be at Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Dr. Tuesday March 15 from 1-4. Burial in All Saints Cemetery, Bedford at a later date. Donations may be made to the SPCA or the Bide-a-while shelter. Online condolences may be sent to Sackville Chapel. <br /></div>