Sarah Elizabeth Parker
(May 8, 1922 – July 15, 2015)
Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, Inc. remembers our Founder and community service advocate,
Sarah Elizabeth Parker, who lived a full live of 93 years, in service to her family, community, church and sorority.
Soror Parker lived a life of service in education and in the community. As a lover of education, she was a graduate of Cass Technical High School, Lewis College of Business and Wayne State University. She continued to further her education by obtaining several certifications and licenses including a Master Gardener title from the Michigan State University and the Board of Education gardening center, a real estate license, a cosmetology license and a Notary Public license.
As a Community Service Advocate, Soror Parker was one of the Founding Members of the national business and professional women’s sorority, our beloved Tau Gamma Delta Sorority Incorporated in 1942. She held several offices and served on various committees, as well as serving as a local and national delegate. Soror Parker served as a Den Mother and Scout Mother in the local Detroit communities as well as serving on the Parent Teacher Association for several elementary and high schools. Mayor Coleman A. Young appointed Soror Parker to serve on the Virginia Park District Council. She went on the serve on the Board of Directors, as well being elected to serve four terms as the President of the Central Detroit #1962 AARP Chapter. Her service continued into 1988 as the chairperson Greeting Committee of the Biennial Convention of 1988 and a delegate for the State of Michigan, Biennial Convention of 1990.
“While our hearts are heavy with Soror Parker’s passing, we know that she has Illuminated the Pathway and that her founding principles and legacy will live on through those Sorors who follow in the blueprint that she has left for us.”