Patty Cude Parker
Poipu, Kaua'i, HI - Patty C. Parker, of Poipu, Kaua'i, Hawaii, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2020 at the age of 91.
She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Wilson Parker of Richardson, Texas and Lancaster, California, and by her parents Clarence Samuel Cude and Doris Dean (Worley) Cude, both of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
She is survived by her children, Jeffrey Parker of Maui, Hawaii, Bevin Parker-Evans (Richard Glen Evans) of Kaua'i, Hawaii, Kaley Parker Morrissey (James Matthew Morrissey) of Cobargo, Australia, grandchildren Mitchell Makanamakamae Parker Evans & Ryan Parker Morrissey, and extended-family daughter Kathleen Klett.
Born March 1, 1929 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Patty attended Ardmore High School and was one of the first women to obtain a full scholarship to North Texas State University at Denton, Texas. She headed west to California in 1954, settling in Lancaster. Her husband Bob was an instructor/advisor at Antelope Valley College for 25 years. Patty's career began working with Peter Kiewet Construction, as one of the only women at Edward's Air Force Base in the 1950's, during the remarkable period of experimental aviation test flight history. She then became Executive Assistant for the Superintendent at Eastside Union School District. In the 1970's she earned a California Real Estate License and worked in sales until her retirement.
After Bob's passing in 1987, she came to Hawaii to live closer to her children. She lived in the small communities of Lawai, Omao and Poipu during her 28 years in Hawaii. Patty never failed to take care of all members of her family and friends when they needed her. In 1992, Hurricane Iniki, one of the most destructive hurricanes on record anywhere in the United States, destroyed Kauai and all of its infrastructure. Patty lost her house, her car, and her furniture. Like so many others on Kauai, Parker family members were under enormous stress for months and months. Throughout all the struggle and chaos, she was a calming force, the calm at the eye of the storm.
Patty kept up on music, the arts, science and the environment, and was active in politics. She was an advocate for women, for civil rights, and nature. She made a difference in the lives of many by her constant support and caring. She had close friends half her age, spoke with longtime friends and 1st cousins on a regular basis, and still corresponded with many high school buddies.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Please contact family members through Borthwick Kaua'i Mortuary, Koloa Hawaii, P.O. Box 578, Koloa, HI 96756, (808-742-7551)
Posted online on June 09, 2021