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“Mis Alberta was one of the first people we met when we moved to Colonial Beach. She was member of the library reading group and always reported on...Read More »
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Catherine Alberta Parkinson, 91, of Colonial Beach, VA was called home by the Lord on February 07, 2018.
Born November 26, 1926 in Washington, DC, Alberta grew up, graduated from both high school and nursing school, and worked for several doctors as a doctor's assistant there. During her youth, Alberta's family spent summers and weekends in Colonial Beach, where she met Walter Parkinson, a WWII Navy veteran and waterman. They were married in April 1954, and had their only child, Walter Albert, in 1963.
Walter fished gill nets and took out fishing parties and boat rides on his boat, Evening Star, while Alberta operated the bathhouse and concession stand they owned on The Boardwalk in Colonial Beach. In the 1970's, they sold the boardwalk property, and Alberta began working alongside Walter on his boats, the Evening Star, and later, the Big Dipper, for almost thirty years. She continued to work as mate on the Big Dipper through the summer of 2015, even after she and Walter had sold the business and Walter had died.
Alberta loved her family most of all. She also loved her church and the town's library, which she helped to establish and continued to support. She was also well-known in town for taking food to local shut-ins.
"Stir up one another to love and perform good works." (Hebrews 10:24) That was the scripture verse by which Alberta lived. She regularly attended worship at St. Mary's Episcopal Church from the time she first moved to Colonial Beach. She volunteered at the church's thrift shop and was often referred to as the "White Elephant Lady". It was under Alberta's guidance and enthusiasm that the White Elephant Table gleaned the most revenue at the annual Christmas Bazaar. Not only was she an active member of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), but she also served as the president of Region 1's ECW and actively participated with the Diocese in this capacity. Alberta was well-read and versed in many genres, which made her an interesting participant at bible study and prayer meetings.
Colonial Beach was blessed to have a public library because of the dedication of Alberta Parkinson. She was instrumental in getting the library established there in September of 1972. Working with Central Rappahannock Regional Library and local Friends of the Library, Alberta arranged for the Sunday School Building of her church to be its beginning location. She was elected as treasurer for the Westmoreland Friends of the Library and remained so for the next forty years. Alberta knew that the children of Colonial Beach needed a source to have books to read and from which to learn, and she made that happen.
Being an avid reader herself, she loved to read stories to children in the area. Alberta continued to help the library in its moves to both Hawthorne Street and its current location on Washington Avenue with many fundraising activities. She participated in almost every program the library ever held and always promoted library resources.
Alberta was preceded in death by her parents, Catherine and Albert Owen, her husband, Walter Veola Parkinson, and her son, Walter Albert (Bert) Parkinson. She is survived by her cousins, Virginia Blair (George), Dennis Griswold (Eugenia), Gloria Knight (Sherm), Robert Smith, Terry Smith, and Kathryn Wilson (Devon); her sister-in-law, Connie Parkinson Rollins; and her nieces, Carol Parkinson Wood, Laura-Lee Fletcher Manning, Carla Rollins Gutridge, and Carlean Rollins Stevens.
Expressions of sympathy can be made as donations in Alberta's memory to the Cooper Branch Library at 20 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, VA 22443 and/or St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 203 Dennison Street, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.