Note: Josephine Schreiner Parker of Kerrville, beloved wife of E. C. Parker, Jr., died on April 13, 2009. "Dodo", as she was called by all who knew her, was born November 16, 1916, the only child of Scott and Josephine Schreiner, of Kerrville. She graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville, and also attended Schreiner Institute. In 1936, she represented Kerrville in the Order of the Alamo Coronation and made her debut at the San Antonio German Club Ball. She earned her B.A. in 1938 from the University of Texas in Austin, where she was active in the Curtain Club and Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduating, she studied voice in San Antonio and Los Angeles. She married E. C. Parker, Jr. on January 29, 1942, and for the next two years accompanied him to various U.S. Army training camps in the South. While Mr. Parker served overseas during World War II, she lived in New York City where she studied music and voice at Julliard School of Music, and sang on occasion with the USO. She and Mr. Parker returned to Kerrville in 1947, where they resided for the rest of her life. She was a devoted wife and mother, and an enthusiastic volunteer in the life of the community. She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville. She taught Red Cross water safety courses. She was the first woman to be elected to the Kerrville Independent School Board. She served as chairwoman of the Kerr County United Fund Drive, and as board member of the Auld Youth Center and Kerrville Cemetery Association. She served as president of the PTA at Starkey Elementary School, Peterson Middle School, and Tivy High School in Kerrville. Her sons remember the many hours she devoted to Cub Scouts. She served as delegate to the State Democratic Convention several times. For several years she had a radio talk show on KERV in Kerrville, and interviewed such celebrities as Audie Murphy and Gene Autry. Always interested in the performing arts, she is remembered for the elaborate water shows that she produced in the Cascades Swimming Pool in Kerrville. She was a charter member and President of the Kerrville Community Concerts Association, board member and President of the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, President of the Kerrville Community Theater, and member of the Governing Board of the Texas Arts Alliance. She enjoyed playing roles in several productions at the Point Summer Theater. She was a devoted alumnus, and served on the board of the Arts and Sciences Foundation of the University of Texas at Austin, as District Councilwoman of the University of Texas Ex-Students' Association, as board member of the UT Chancellor's Council, and as a member of the American Association of University Women. She was grateful for her family's participation in Texas ranching, and served on the Governing Board of the National Wool Growers Association Auxiliary, as president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association Auxiliary, and as a board member of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, Kerr County Chapter Auxiliary. She took great interest in local history. She received The Jefferson Davis Medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and was a member of the James Kerr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Capt. Charles Schreiner Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a charter member and President of the Hill Country Preservation Society, and devoted the last thirty years of her life to that organization and to the Capt. Charles Schreiner Mansion Museum. She was blessed with a large extended family, and treasured her many friends and relatives. She maintained an active social life and was a member of Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville, the San Antonio Country Club, and the Argyle Club and Pilon Club in San Antonio. She is survived by her husband, E. C. Parker, Jr.; by her children, Scott and Barbara Parker of Kerrville, Tobin and Kim Parker of Kerrville, and Cee Parker and Carlos Ibarra of San Antonio; and by her grandchildren, Scott Parker, Jr., Lauren Parker, John Parker, Schreiner Parker and Tobin Parker, Jr. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville, Schreiner Chapel, on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 3 PM officiated by Rev. John Wurster, Rev. Rob Lohmeyer and Dr. Sam Junkin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the First Presbyterian Church or to Schreiner University in Kerrville.
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