Erma Jane Parker, 86, passed away Wednesday (November 17, 2021) at Jones Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
Mrs. Parker was born in Wellsville on April 26, 1935 to Ernest Burdette and Genevieve (Walker) Clark. She was a very proud1953 graduate of Richburg Central School. In 1962, Jane met her life-long love, Howard Lawrence Parker, whom she married on December 7, 1995 in Cuba. Jane worked during the early 1960’s at Westinghouse in Bath in the manufacture of television tubes. She was devoted to nurturing her children and spent all of their growing up years at home. Afterward, she reentered the workforce as a home health aide for Jan and Bev’s Home Care in Wellsville, where she worked until she retired in 1994 after a fulfilling two-decade career.
Along with her husband, Jane is survived by her six children, Faith (Roy) Nickerson of Coudersport, Pa., Timothy Crowner of Belmont, Howard (Kim) Crowner, Daniel (Lori) Crowner, Pamela (Robert) Guinnip, all of Wellsville, and Leona (James) Ames of Scio; 11 grandchildren, Roy Crowner, Robin Howland-Baez, Justin Crowner, Andrew Crowner, Kyle (Cassy) Crowner, Jeffrey Crowner, Amanda (Mike) Morton, Joshua Guinnip, Jeremy Guinnip, Erica Guinnip, and Heather (Ronnie) Farrow; 11 great grandchildren, Gerardo L. Baez, Jr., Christian Baez, Justin Baez, Tryston Crowner, Mackenzie Crowner, Isabel Crowner, Sawyer Crowner, Brooklyn Morton, Bronx Morton, Holden Perry, and Tyler Farrow; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, that she truly adored.
She was preceded in death by nine siblings, Kenneth John Clark, Jack Erwon Clark, Wesley Clark, Phyllis Cardonia, Pheobe “Sally” Peck, Della Jean Loomis, Doris Sapetko, and infants Bruce Clark and Betty Clark.
Jane was an avid bingo player and bowler. She was in a bowling league well into her seventies. She enjoyed spending time with her siblings and traveled to Dansville and Ithaca to visit them on the weekends. She truly loved the family reunions during the summer where they shared lots of fun and laughs while they played games and cards.
Before her children came along Jane and Howard made a fun trip to West Virginia on motorcycle. With a growing family, camping trips became a mainstay. A frequent camping trip was the annual New York State Fair in Syracuse and Fourth Lake Campground in Friendship; delightful memories for their children to this day. Another special past-time she enjoyed with her husband was putting together jigsaw puzzles. They would laminate their finished creations and gift them back to the relatives who bought them.
Raising her children in the church was important to Jane and, even though they were young she took them with her and was very involved herself. Her children still chuckle about the time one of the youngest of the family blurted out in the middle of the service, “There’s faith! –referring to her oldest sister, Faith, and not some Theological point about the sermon. Jane was deeply involved with the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army and delighted in helping with the various dinners and rummage sales. She supported the Salvation Army Store with her frequent trips to see if she could find any new treasures for her grandchildren. Speaking of grandchildren, Jane loved spending time with her growing number of little ones. She was a very caring person and made her grandchildren feel special.
Friends are invited to visit on Monday (November 22) from 2-4 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville/Scio. The funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Daniel Kenyon of the Wellsville Bible Church officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville will be held at a time convenient to the family. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Jane’s name may be made to Scio Fire Department, 4359 County Road 10, Scio, NY 14880. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.