Evelyn B. Parker was born in Henderson, Tennessee to the parents of W. C. and Mattie Muse on February 10, 1931.
Evelyn accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized in Tennessee. She graduated from County High in Tennessee and moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin where she married and started a family. Evelyn relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana in the late seventies and united with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. Later she united with the Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. Joy L. Thornton where she served as a choir member and a member of the Mother’s Ministry (Mothers of Ministry).
She was married to John Ford who preceded her in death, and to this union three children were born. She later married Mr. Walter Briscoe Bey who preceded her in death and Mr. Hezekiah Parker also preceding her in death.
Mother Parker worked for years as an inspector for Master Lock and in later years as a Senior Companion, a job she loved until her health failed. She also enjoyed catering and decorating for special events. Mother Parker often said “I have lived a good life and I loved the life I lived.” Mother Parker had two children to precede her in death, her daughter and her son.
She leaves to cherish her memory one son, John D. Ford, Jr.; one brother, Ronald Muse of Florida; special nephew Patrick Bland of Louisiana, four grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends who were like family to her.