Elven Nevonia (Watters) Parker, age 83, of Roswell, NM, passed away Saturday June 10, 2017. She will lie in state 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, June 15, 2017 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 16, 2017 at Ware Tabernacle Baptist Church, 900 East Deming Street in Roswell. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Reverend Dr. Richard Gorham, Pastor of Ware Tabernacle Baptist Church of Roswell, NM and Reverend Rufus O. Watters, Jr. of New Light Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas will be officiating.
Elven Nevonia Watters was born September 18, 1933 to L.V. Watters and Lois Vivian Crenshaw Watters in a rural area of Austin, Texas. She accepted Christ at an early age while the family was in Round Rock, Texas. They later moved to Levelland, Texas. She is proceeding in death by her parents and siblings brothers Rufus O'Neal Watters Sr., Roland Willis Watters, and sisters Junie Mae Scott, Georgia Ann Watters, Velma Louise Molett, and Ethel Ruth Watters.
In the year 1950 Elven married Sammy Lee Jones in Texas. They went on to have six children. She is proceeded in death by two: Vivian Ruth Jones and Darrell Eugene (Goldsmith) Jones. She is survived by her children Betty Ann Jones Halliburton of El Paso, Texas, Robert Wayne Jones of Roswell, NM, Sammie Evelyn Jones Peterson of Roswell. NM, Kay Sharon Jones Allen of El Paso, Texas and Joseph Lenard Parker (Ashley) of Los Angeles, California.
Elven has seven grandchildren: two great grandchildren: and host of nieces and nephews.
While residing in Roswell, NM since 1955, Elven Joined three churches: Ware's Tabernacle Baptist Church, Peoples Baptist Church, Friendship Missionary Baptist, then returned to Ware's Tabernacle Baptist Church.
At Peoples Baptist Church she serviced as a Choir Director for the various children choirs, Superintendent of Sunday School, President of the Usher Board, Adult Teacher, Mission President, and Church Treasurer. When the church closed, she used donations from the Mission and Education Fund to aid area graduating seniors. Each senior was awarded $100 toward college expenses. At Ware's Tabernacle Baptist Church she served as co-teacher for Sunday School, Assistant Superintendent with her sister-in-law Juanita Watters. Elven believed in living the word of God daily. She was a devoted and faithful member at the churches she attended throughout her life. She was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and would share her testimony as often as she could.
Elven was instrumental in helping the Roswell community. While as a single mother raising children on her own he saw a need in the local area. Mother's did not have a source for affordable daily childcare. She was instrumental in the early phases of establishing a daycare in the Roswell. This daycare "Working Mother's Day Nursey" has gone through various changes but the main goal remains to this day.
After continuing to live and work in Roswell she married again this time to Woodrow Parker (Deacon). They would go on to have a son together. In the years after she would settle to live in the same home for over 30 years, retire from working and love on her family. She was passionate about life and the world we live in today.