Margel “Lee” Parker Craig, former resident of Warsaw, Akron and Tucson, Ariz., passed away at age 98, May 25, 2021. She was the daughter of William F. Riley and Elizabeth Morrett Riley of Akron.
Her son, Stephen “Steve” Parker, passed away on March 7, 2021.
Survivors are Suzanne “Susie” Parker, Tucson, Ariz., as well as her grandchildren: Angela Parker, Tucson, Ariz.; Kristi Parker, Boise, Idaho; Todd Schultz, West Hollywood, Calif.; great-grandson, Andrew “Drew” Parker Beckett, Boise, Idaho; and niece, Linda Parker Ewert, Warsaw.
Lee married her childhood sweetheart, Shirley “S.L.” Parker. Together they started Parker Industries Inc. (Par-Kan) in Silver Lake.
William “Bill” Craig and Lee were married in 1980. While in their 60s, they served two-plus years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea, which was a cannibalistic country. She wrote her book “The Killing Stones,” which described their experiences in a remote jungle village.
Lee was an accomplished French horn musician and ballroom dancer, earning many awards. She also traveled to 57 countries, making friends throughout the world. Lee always described her life as “full,” “interesting” and “unique.”
Per her wishes, there will not be a memorial service. Margel Lee will be placed next to her parents in the Akron Cemetery, Akron.