Debrah Victoria Parker, lovingly known as “Cous” or “Debbie,” died Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. She was born in Lewes Dec. 2, 1949, to the late Mary Edith Parker and the late Gene Riley. She and her brother Orville W. Parker were raised by their grandmother, the late Hilda M. Lockwood Parker of Lewes.
Debrah was educated at the segregated Dupont Ave. School in Lewes, the William C. Jason Comprehensive High School in Georgetown, and completed her high school diploma in the integrated Lewes High School, where the graduation was held at the original Midway Movies. She was raised African Methodist Episcopal, and in her childhood days she attended St. George A.M.E. Church in Lewes.
Debrah was a hardworking, dedicated domestic worker. Her last working places were the Vlasic Plant in Millsboro and Sea Watch in Milford.
Cous was well known by her family and friends as one who lived the life she loved and loved the life she lived. She had a positive attitude and a grand sense of humor. She enjoyed word find puzzles, music, swimming, and dancing at Johnny Walkers Community Center on the then-segregated Lewes Beach. She loved being with family and friends, and enjoyed walking, which kept her in shape.
Debrah was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Edith Parker; father Gene Riley; grandmother Hilda M. Lockwood Parker; brother Orville W. Parker; uncles Denver B. Parker (Ramona), George T. Parker (Ellen), and Dr. Clifton T. Browne (Susan); aunts Marcella Kenner and Pauline Hayward; and dear friend Corrine Person.
Debrah is survived by caregiver and cousin Esthelda “Stell” Parker Selby; cousins Gayelon D. Parker, Penny Hayward, Weldon Hayward and Dupree Bate; nephew Donald Maull; godson Nashon R.P. Selby (Roslyn); cousins Myron D.P. Selby (Jodi), Abanti Selby, Renard Selby, Myron Selby ll, Lange Rosario, LA’Mor Selby, Malachi Selby and Austin Selby.
Cous will always be in our hearts with fond memories until we meet again.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that contributions be made to Beebe Tunnell Cancer Center, Harrison Senior Living Center in Georgetown or Delaware Hospice.
A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Bennie Smith Funeral Home, 274 N. Rehoboth Blvd., Milford. Private Graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at noon, at People’s Memorial Park, 40520 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth, DE 19971. To offer words of comfort or sign the guestbook visit www.benniesmithfuneralhome.com. Professional services entrusted to Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Milford.