Anita Parker


Anita Parker of Oak Bluffs died on September 9 after a brief battle with cancer. Anita died at her home surrounded by her family. For the past 11 years Anita has been a smiling presence behind the circulation desk at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, where she continued to work throughout the summer until just days before her illness took her.

Anita was born on April 15, 1934, in Taunton to Madeline Coelho and Gilbert Tripp. Her step-father was Norwood Potter. All predeceased her.

During her career, Anita worked for the Suffolk County Courthouse as a stenographer and interpreter; the Industrial National Bank in North Scituate, R.I., as a keypunch operator; and also Fleet Bank in Rhode Island. Upon retirement in 2001, Anita and her husband, Stuart, moved to the Island, where she spent the last 11 years working at the library.

Anita is survived by her husband, Stuart Parker; daughter, Leslie Frizzell; son, Gordon Bassett; step-children, Stuart Jr., Jeffrey, and Jennifer Parker; grandson, Joshua Potter; and granddaughter, Emma Frizzell.

Services will be held at Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, on Saturday, October 1, with visitation from 5 pm to 7 pm, and a celebration of her life at 7 pm.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.