Barbara Leigh Boger Parker Obituary
Barbara Leigh Boger Parker, 70, of San Diego went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 6, 2023 following an extensive and prolonged illness.
Born on March 3, 1953 in Charlotte, N.C., she is survived by her husband, Mike Parker and two beloved sons, Michael and Brett Parker, all of San Diego. Mrs. Parker is also survived by her mother, Sally Tompkins Boger of Charlotte, N.C. and by two sisters, Belinda Jester of Charlotte, N.C. and Sarah Barrick of Lenoir, N.C., as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Fred Boger and brother, Herbert William Boger.
A member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in San Diego, CA she rejoiced in the love of her family, her Church family, the support of Pastor Doug Fisher and his staff through their prayer and visitation, and was the dearest friend a canine – her “precious pups” – could hope for or even imagine! As you scroll through the various photos, one image becomes very evident. That is the love and affection shown for her last "precious pup" Tyler commonly known as "Dr. Tyler by the nurses and medical staffs that treated Barbara throughout the last stage of her life. What a special relationship those two had for each other! She loved the Lord and had a special place in her heart for "puppy boy" as she often called him.
Services for Mrs. Parker will be private.
If you would allow me, Barbara's beloved husband Mike, I would like to give the readers of my wife's memorial page some words of comfort during this time of grief and sympathy. I know personally that I have had to reach out to two of my dear friends and pastors for their support and advice moving forward.
First of all God made us so that we can have relationships with one another and when that relationship is lost we feel pain. When you have lost a loved one - and it hurts. But on the upside God's Word says in the Gospel of John Chp. 14 Verses 1-6 (KJV):
The first is that peace is promised. Notice the words “Let not you heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me”. Even though today is a day of sadness - a day of grief, a day of mourning, yet even in the midst of this you can have peace. Why? Because we have faith - we believe. We believe that even in the midst of the storm - even in the valley of the shadow of death there can be a peace that pass all understanding - because we know that God is with us. The 23rd Psalm says that too, doesn’t it. “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” He is here. He is present. Believe in Him - Trust in Him and God will grant you his perfect peace.
The second thought of comfort is that God has prepared a place for us. Did you notice that in John 14, The Bible says; “I go to prepare a place for you.” The Bible tells us that in six days God created the heavens the earth,but just think, Jesus has been preparing a place for us for two thousand years. What an incredible place that must be. The verse tells us that it is The Father’s house and that there are many rooms. A room for Barbara -a room for you - a room for me. Isn’t that a comforting thought? God has prepared a place for us.
The next thought of comfort is that God has prepared a way for us to get there. Everyone wants to go to heaven, some just don’t know the way. But Jesus tells us in John 14 that, “I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” We are all travelers on a road called life. There are many detours and many side streets. We don’t need to be confused - we don’t need to be lost. All we need to do is follow Jesus. He will show us the way - in fact He is the way. He will lead us and He will guide us. That’s comforting.
Barbara is now residing in a heavenly mansion in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ- No more pain, distress, sorrow, or anxiety! Speaking for myself, that is very comforting. Amen!