Mrs. Lilyan Elizabeth “Liz” Couch Parker, 85, of Drew, MS, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Bolivar Medical Center. Visitation will be 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Drew Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life Service will follow beginning at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Drew Baptist Church with Rev. Sid Harmon officiating. Interment will be in Drew City Cemetery.
Liz was born on May 8, 1933, to Frank and Janette Couch in Blaine, MS. On December 18, 1955, she married Travis E. "Red" Parker at the Drew Baptist Church. Liz graduated from Drew High School and went on to further her education at Delta State Teachers College. She had a true passion for teaching, and began her instruction at Natchez High School as well as Shaw High School. When the children were born, she decided to leave education to be a wonderful mother to her three children for 30 years. After the children were grown and no longer at home, she jumped right back to her passion by teaching third grade at North Sunflower Academy for 25 years. While there, she won the award of Teacher of the Year. Liz was a member of the Drew Baptist Church and was also President of Drew Garden Club and Drew Culture Club. She loved playing bridge with her friends, as well as traveling the world and spending time with her husband, Red.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Travis E. "Red" Parker; and parents, Frank and Janette Couch.
Liz is survived by her children, Travis E. "Rusty" Parker, Jr. (Carla) of Oxford, Mike C. Parker (Pam) of Drew, and Beth Parker Davis (Lex) of Merigold; grandchildren, Travis E. "Tripp" Parker (Victoria) of Nashville, Neal Ann Parker Chamblee (Vince) of Memphis, Morgan Elizabeth Parker, Alexandria Payne Parker of Cleveland, and Ana Parker Davis of Merigold; and great-grandchildren, Caroline Gray Parker and Warren Travis Parker both of Nashville.
Pallbearers will be Brett Dixon, Charles Michell, Greg Williams, Ed Whatley, Lloyd Mitchell, and Mike Gilbow. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Kent Wyatt, John Land, and David Cummins.
In memory of Mrs. Parker, the family requests donations made to Delta State University.