PEOPLE: In a teacher's memory

• In honor of what his mother did so much of as a teacher, Joey Parker wants to help students.

He has formed the Lynda C. Parker Foundation to provide school supplies, clothes, athletic equipment and food to at-risk students in the Bethel School District.

Lynda Parker died in 2015 from ovarian cancer, ending a 40-year career as a teacher – 20 of those years at Cedarcrest Middle School in Spanaway– in which she won several awards for her classroom work. The foundation's mission is to continue her legacy "by adding value and purpose to areas that are in need, to bring hope to those who are without, and to inspire the uninspired.”

The non-profit foundation in her name donated $700 to the Pierce County Skills Center to help 10 students attend a national conference.

More information is available from Joey Parker at and from theGreater Tacoma Community Foundation, which administers the Parker foundation.


• Heidi Obey has been appointed to the Town of Eatonville's Planning Commission. The commission serves the Town Council and administration in an advisory role on issues related to land-use.

In her application for the appointment, Obey said, "I have learned to love this community. I am raising my children here and care about what happens to it."

Obey is a human-resources professional.


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