Roberta Parker

Died: Mon., Apr. 13, 2020

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Roberta  (Poochie) McDonald Parker was born on September 17, 1960 in East Liverpool, Ohio, a small city about 40 miles west of  Pittsburgh, PA. Roberta was the third daughter of Arlie and Nettie Campbell.

The family moved to Long Island, NY in 1964 where Roberta and her siblings flourished among many family members and friends. As a very young girl, Roberta joined the family church choir and for several years enjoyed singing and traveling all over Long Island and New York City.  

Roberta spent her late childhood and teens enrolled in a school specifically for gifted students. She was highly intelligent with a quiet and humble personality. Due to her exceptional talents and sweet demeanor she developed a trade in civil drafting early in life that would lead her to a successful career.

In 1988, the ambitious Roberta and her young children (now adults) Antoine Crummell, (Brandy) (father: Larry Crummell), Jamel McDonald (Sharandalyn) and Sheena McDonald (father: James Little), moved to Hartford, Connecticut to start a new life.  Roberta received a job transfer which enabled her to make this huge transition. Also she had family in Hartford as well.  Upon arrival in Hartford, Roberta worked diligently at Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (formerly Stoch Engineers) in Cromwell, Connecticut as the sole AutoCAD Operator. After 30 years of a successful career with one engineering service company, she obtained her final employment with Metropolitan District Commission as an AutoCAD/Drafter in 2008.  

Roberta married Glenwood Morgan Parker, Sr., in 2000.  They had four of her youngest children, Irisha Parker, Mearise Parker (LaBrenda), Katrina Parker and Malik Parker with blended family members daughter, Melissa Morgan Durham (Rommell), and son Glenwood (Glen) Morgan.  

Roberta enjoyed shopping at consignment shops, tag sales, going to the casino (her favorite), traveling, seeing great movies and dancing (partying); she did a great robot dance. She also loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Roberta was a “Superwoman” while remaining graceful under pressure.  She had an infectious and charismatic smile and put anyone and everyone at ease upon meeting her. Roberta was kind, non-judgmental, funny and extremely patient. All who knew her; “Loved her”.  She was the neighborhood mother, she was a Mom before she was a mother taking care of her little sister and brother at a very young age. She was a caring and loving sister, she was very independent and almost singlehandedly raised her seven (7) children.  

Memories of Roberta will forever stay engraved in the hearts of her surviving loving children (named above), two sisters, Cheryl Lee (Herman), Kimberly Bates (Floyd), and one brother Arlie Jr. McDonald, eight grandchildren, Jailen Brown, Mary McDonald, Ny’reese Brown, Na’Sheem Brown, Marquis Gill, King Powell, Jayvon Parker and Nyleasha Parker, beloved Aunt Eva Hayes and many other aunts and uncles, A host of nieces including her oldest niece LaKisha Reed, and nephews, an abundance of cousins including Vernetta (Dinky)  Headley, William (Will)  Watson, Vincent (Vinny) Watson and Richard (Rich) Campbell and a host of good friends among them, Earl Davis (Andrea) and Mary Ann Blye.


Roberta is preceded in death by her parents, Arlie and Nettie McDonald and oldest sister, Starlene Williams, son, Glenwood (Glen) Morgan. 


Roberta was such a blessing to all who knew her.  Roberta would want us to honor her by embracing her character to work hard but also living life fully and enjoying it along the way.  

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   Posted Thu May 14, 2020
I only knew Roberta for the 12 or so years I have worked at the District which seems to be such a small part of an amazing life she led. She was always the kindest and most easy-going person in the office. Never a negative thing to say. Always a smile on her face and happy to help. I honestly believe there is not one person who worked with her who could find a negative thing to say about her. She will be deeply missed by her MDC family. My condolences and sympathies to her family.

Rolanda White
   Posted Thu May 14, 2020
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. I worked with Roberta at the District for several years. Roberta was the humblest soul. She always greeted me with a smile and her sweet demeanor each time I saw her or had a conversation with her; she will be dearly missed. My deepest and most sincere condolences.

Donna Smith
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
I met Roberta in 2014 when I returned to MDC Headquarters. She was always the kindest person to talk to. My family and I had the pleasure of Roberta and her 2 daughters and grandson, joining us on a Mother's Day brunch cruise a few years ago. We still reminisce about it being one of the best ever. This is a huge loss for MDC's E&P Division. Roberta will be missed.