Betty Irene Parker, 88, of Rome, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2017, at the Katherine Luther Residential Health Care Facility. She was born on November 24, 1929, a daughter of the late Carl and Grace Wilson Lighthall. On June 28, 1947, Betty was united in marriage to Calvin T. Parker in the Wesleyan Church. Betty was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church of Rome and was a former member of the Lee Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Steven Parker, Camden, Mark and Donna Parker, Rome; six daughters and two sons-in-law, Jacquelyn and William Wheeler, Adlie, VA, Karen Yerka, Clinton, Roxana Chapple, Rome, Kimberly and Bruce Becraft, Camden, Lisa Quinn, Rochester and Kelly Parker, Rome: one sister, Beverly Novak, Rome; two brothers, Donald and Stanley Lighthall both of Prospect; eleven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. Betty was predeceased by her husband Calvin Parker; a son-in-law, Joseph Yerka; two brothers, Richard and Ronald Lighthall; a brother-in-law, John Novak.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. at Strong- Burns & Sprock Funeral Home 7751 Merrick Road, Rome. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. prior to the service. Interment will take place in Rome Cemetery.