Mrs. Dorothy Mary (Naum) Parker, Galesburg Chapel

parker-dottie.jpg80, 2620 Bridlecreek Lane, died at 1:10 am Tuesday (September 23, 2008) in Heartland Health Care Center.
She was born January 5, 1928 in Dearborn, MI, the daughter of Mary and James Naum. She married W.R. (Ron) Parker on October 10, 1953 in Angola, IN, who preceded her in death July 28, 1995.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Stella Grey and brothers, Henry and James Naum. She is survived by sons, Robert W. Parker (Fran) of Phoenix, and R. Craig Parker of Galesburg. She is also survived by granddaughters, Tiffani D. Patrick and Lindsey C. Parker, both of San Francisco.
A Galesburg resident since 1958, “Dottie” was a proud member of “A League of Their Own”, the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was enshrined as an organization into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1993.
She played for the Kalamazoo Lassies, the South Bend Blue Sox and the Kenosha Comets in a career that spanned 1946-1953, when she retired to marry Ron and start her family.
Playing her early years as a catcher/infielder, she blossomed later as a pitcher, posting an astounding career earned run average of 2.01 between 1950 and 1953.
She hit the only home run of her career in the final game she played, a 2-1 playoff victory for Kalamazoo in September 1953. She was also the winning pitcher.
An avid golfer throughout her life, she participated in numerous Galesburg All-City Championships. Her other hobbies included bowling, knitting and needlepoint, playing bridge and watching sports, especially the NBA.
She was a former member of the Greek Orthodox Church. She was much loved and will be missed by her friends, family and little dog Lexi. She will forever roam the playing fields of heaven.
Funeral services will be 1 PM Friday, September 26, 2008 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. The Rev. David Parker will officiate. The family will receive friends following the funeral at the chapel. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral with a private family burial on Monday in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.

14 Guestbook Entries to “Mrs. Dorothy Mary (Naum) Parker, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. Craig/Bob/Fran & Family,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult of times. As you guys know I was a very big part of your family for many many years and had know “Dottie” as I grew up with Craig in our years of school and friendship. She always was a fun and loving person to be around…She loved sports! “May the Lord bless her and keep her in our hearts and in our minds.”
    Hang in there Craig/Bob be strong for everyone!
    GOD BLESS!

  2. Dear Bob & Craig – I will always remember your Mom out on the golf course. There are only a few that make lasting impressions on us growing up…your Mom was one of those few. She always had a twinkle in her eye and kept us laughing……I didnt know about the baseball history…it all makes sense now…she was in a league of her own.

    Peter

  3. Craig and Family,

    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother. The last we spoke (about a year ago), Craig, I believe you had told me that your Mother’s health was not so good. I had no idea of your Mother’s baseball background – no wonder you and your brother were so sports-oriented and skilled! I trust that you’ll have an enumerous amount of fond memories to keep your Mother alive in your hearts.

    “Hap”

  4. Dear Craig, Bob and families,

    My sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mother. What an interesting a life she had; she will be greatly missed by all how loved her. I’ll see you in a couple more years at 2010 reunion.

    Again, just wanted you to know I was thinking of you.

    Kris

    (Battlefield, MO)

  5. Heaven now has another Angel. God Rest your soul Dottie****

  6. Craig and Bob and Family,

    My condolences at this most difficult time…you are
    in my thoughts and prayers. I feel so fortunate
    to have met Dottie and to have shared in some of
    her stories and memories! It sounds like she lived
    life to its fullest, and I know will be truly missed.
    Thinking of you all,

    Cindy

  7. Dear Bob,Craig,and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know you are in my thoughts at this difficult time.
    Your mother was quite the lady. The few times I had met her she seemed so very nice. It sounds like her life was full of great accomplishments and lots of fun too! I have a feeling she must have been very proud of and grateful for her two sons as well.
    I tried to stop by to pay my respects after the funeral but you had already left. Sorry to have missed you.
    Sincerely,
    Chris

  8. Bob and Craig, So very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I had know idea she was such an accomplished athlete. It’s no wonder she was so great to have at our ball games. May you take comfort in the many fond memories you must have of your mother. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

  9. Dear Bob, Craig, and Family,
    I am so very sorry about the passing of your mother. She was quite a gal! I used to see her quite often and would always have a nice visit with her. She was very proud of her family. I always got the latest update on you and your family Bob! I know you all will miss her.

    With Sympathy,
    Lynn

    Lynn

  10. Bob and Craig,

    We were very sad to read about Dottie. She was probably the first mom I knew who you really thought was “cool”! How she didn’t go crazy with us kids bouncing basketballs, throwing baseballs, and otherwise causing havoc from dawn til dusk (and after!) is a miracle. Please know our thoughts are with you.

    John, Laurie, Colin, and Caroline

  11. Dear Bob & Craig:
    We just read about your mom’s passing and wanted to extend out deepest sympathy to you both. Jim knew of your mom’s baseball career, the picture of her is priceless, what a beautiful young woman! Must be where you both got your good looks. It’s not easy losing a parent, but a mother’s love is with you forever. Know you are both in our thoughts and prayers. Peace be to the memory of your mom, Dorothy.
    Fondly,
    Jim & Charlene

  12. Bob and Craig and family,
    I’m very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Although I didn’t know her well, my mom and Jay always spoke very highly of her. Just looking at the names and comments from other’s on this guestbook, gives me a good sense of the beautiful person she was and how lucky you were to have her in your life.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kris
    Boise, ID

  13. Dear Bob and Craig,

    I was just thinking about your mom a couple of days ago as I watched A League of Their Own for the hundredth time. Such important trailblazing she did.

    My thoughts are with you in this difficult time as you guys must miss your amazing mom so much.

    Molly

  14. Welcome to God’s Hall of Fame Dottie. Wonderfull mother, athlete, and person.

    My prayers go out to you Craig and Bob.

    Scott

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