Carolyn Parker

1945 – 2017

Carolyn was born in Paoli, PA in 1945 and grew up most of her childhood in Virginia. She graduated from Mary Baldwin College with a major in Spanish and climaxed her college career with an academic year in Spain. She had several different jobs over the years including General Electric. In 1974 she returned to Spain and found a job in Seville as the art gallery director for John Fulton and Bob Vavra. Bob Vavra was the superb photographer for James Michener’s book IBERIA and John Fulton was an extremely talented multi-media artist and the first American to become a full Matador de Toros in Spain.

Carolyn met her sailor boy Scott Parker at the gallery in 1976 and they married in 1978. After living in Mankato MN for 9 years, they moved to Seattle for 13 years where she founded “The Olive Source” and brokered specialty olive products from several countries to retail outlets. After retirement in 1999 they bought a 17 acre farm in Spain and with their cat Squeaky, lived there for 6 ½ years, returning for health reasons. On the farm, Carolyn continued her olive passion with 500 olive trees and Scott with his 1000 grapevines for winemaking plus 40 fig trees. They both loved the farm work.

Upon return to the U.S. in 2005, they settled in Walla Walla, WA where she wrote her book “Squeaky’s Farm, Our Lives in Rural Spain”. All proceeds from the sale of the book were given to various animal shelters including Newport through bookstores and Pick of the Litter. They moved permanently to Newport, OR in 2012 for the ocean, fresh ocean air and of course… Dungeness Crab and fresh seafood!
Carolyn was a superb, multi-talented cook and was known as a “chef without credentials” by those that loved her!

The life of this wonderful person, Carolyn Parker, was cut short by pancreatic cancer. Friends and family are having a difficult time dealing with her loss at the young age of 72. Carolyn is survived by her husband Scott and her sister Harriet in Atlanta, Georgia. Please visit her memorial page at 


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