Carolyn Ann Parker, who had a 23-year career in billing and collections for the W.C. Esp fuel company in Bridgehampton, died on July 11 after a short illness at New Pond Village in Walpole, Mass., where she had lived since 2011. Formerly of Wainscott, she was 92.
After she retired from W.C. Esp at the age of 80, she moved to Walpole to be closer to her family. At New Pond Village she took advantage of the amenities of independent living, from activities and outings to joining committees.
Born in Bridgehampton on May 8, 1931, to Joseph and Margaret Longnecker, she grew up there and graduated as the valedictorian of Bridgehampton High School’s class of 1949.
She married William Robert Parker in 1951. They raised their three children in Wainscott. She was a member of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton and of the Wainscott Sewing Society.
Over the years, the Parkers traveled throughout the country. Mrs. Parker enjoyed walking, spending time with friends and family, and reading. Because of her fondness for swimming at Long Beach in Noyac, her grandchildren called it “Nana’s Beach.”
Mrs. Parker leaves her children, Diane Parker of Nashua, N.H., Joanne Estabrook of Walpole, and Bill Parker of Franklin, Mass., as well as her daughter-in-law, Anne Parker. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Emma Estabrook, Michael Parker, and Christine Parker, and her two young great-grandchildren, Rylee and Colin.
Her husband died in 2007. Two brothers, Joseph Longnecker and James Donahue, and two nephews, James Longnecker and Joseph Longnecker, died before her.
Mrs. Parker was buried at Edgewood Cemetery in Bridgehampton. Memorial donations have been suggested to Old Colony Hospice at 321 Manley Street in West Bridgewater, Mass. 02379, which, along with New Pond Village and the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton, provided “exceptional kindness and care,” her family said.