Ruth E. Parker, age 85, of Berlin, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Samaritan Hospice in Voorhees. She was born in Upper Freehold on November 19, 1934 and grew up in Sykesville. Ruth met her husband Jerry shortly after high school and the couple married in 1955. She worked as a bus driver for the Springfield Township School Systems for 36 years until her retirement. Ruth also dedicated her time working for the township, alongside her husband when he served as the Chief of Police. She did many jobs and enjoyed giving back to her community. In her later years, Ruth enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren, doing puzzles and loved to play Bingo. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will be deeply missed.
Ruth is predeceased by her parents William and Edith Hopkins; and by her husband Gerald “Jerry” Parker of 62 years.
She leaves behind her daughter, Joanne Parker of Berlin; her granddaughter, Tara Cestare and husband Vincent of Berlin; three great-grandchildren, Dakotah, Miranda and Makayla Cestare all of Berlin; her sister, Doris Hopkins of Southampton; along with several nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the Tilghman Funeral Home on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 11AM to 1PM, located at 52 Main Street, New Egypt, NJ 08533. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ruth’s memory to The COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Miami, FL 33134.
The funeral service and inurnment for Ruth will be held at a later date. Please check back for updated dates and times.