Martha Dell Shaver Parker

Martha Dell Shaver Parker, 74, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2018 at home in Votaw. She was born August 6, 1944 in Grapeland, Texas to parents, Bennie Malcolm Shaver and Ruth Colkin Shaver.

Graveside service for Mrs. Parker was October 10, 2018 at French Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Day officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Martha was a longtime resident of Dayton before moving to Votaw. She retired from Dayton Independent School District where she taught for over 30 years.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, B.M. and Ruth Shaver; her husband, Doug Parker; her brother, Michael Shaver and her mother and father-in-law, W.R. and Lillian Parker. She is survived by her children, Robert Parker and wife Kathy of Liberty and Paula Parker Cogswell of Votaw; grandchildren, Kaylee, Kamryn and Keaton Parker; sister-in-law, Joann Vasina; brothers-in-law, David Parker and Doak Parker; also numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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