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Jane Switzer Parker

Obituary for Jane Switzer Parker

January 24, 1931 - April 22, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 87


Jane Switzer Parker, born January 24, 1931 to Richard Elmer & Dorothy Francis Switzer in Beaumont, Texas, passed away on April 22, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Howard Winn Parker and is survived by their three children, Howard Winn Parker, Jr. and his wife Sandra Watson Parker, Richard Switzer Parker and his partner Antonio Garcia Rojas, Francie Parker Little and her husband Gary Paul Little; seven grandchildren, Kate Woodham, Abby Ryan, Watson Parker, Alex Parker-Jones, Elvis Parker-Jones, Parker Little and Ellie Little; and two great-grandchildren, James and Natalie Woodham.

After graduating from Ball High School in Galveston, Jane attended the University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. After marrying the love of her life in 1950, she and Howard settled in Midland, Texas. Jane served in leadership roles of numerous arts and civic organizations in addition to teaching voice and piano. Her musical talents were a treasure in the community for many decades.

Jane and Howard moved to Austin when he retired in 1985. Jane continued to express her passion for the musical arts by serving on the boards of the Austin Symphony League and the Lyric Opera. She was also a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Her interests were not limited to the arts. Jane served on the Seton Development Board and was active in The Settlement Club, Heritage Society, and Les Amis de Hospice. She loved using her skills and talents to help improve her community.

Jane loved to play tennis and golf and is remembered by her children and grandchildren for her prowess with the game of Chicken Foot (Cover the Blank!), 99 and backyard volleyball. She was known by her grandchildren as "Super Jane" due to her competitive spirit and her willingness to always play the game.

The angels in Heaven have a new lyric soprano added to their choir. We will miss her infectious humor and quick wit. We love you, Mom.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera, or The Settlement Club.

Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018 at University Christian Church, 2007 University Avenue, Austin, Texas.

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