Memorial today for WVUE news anchor Nancy Parker

Chris Miller
August 23, 2019 - 9:16 am
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Family and friends of Nancy Parker celebrated her life today in a memorial service at the Xavier University Convocation Center. Parker died a week ago when the small plane she was riding in crashed in New Orleans East. The pilot, Franklin Augustus, was also killed in the crash.

"Nancy has touched my life in so many ways," said WVUE employee Jenn Thrasher, recalling how Parker went out of her way to make her feel welcome when she started her job. "She was one of the first people just to sit down, she came in my office and just wanted to be my friend. She just started talking to me like she knew me forever, even though she just met me, and I felt at home working there."

Speakers during the service included Parker's husband Glen Boyd, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, and Parker's co-anchor John Snell.

"Although a very sad day for us all, I feel confident and strengthened to be here with so many collegaues, friends, family and others, whose life was changed immeasurably for the better, simply by knowing Nancy Parker," said Benson. "We are all blessed to have known Nancy."

Snell, Parker's co-anchor for many years, talked about his relationship with her, and made the assembled mourners laugh with one story about how she worked so well with anyone who was on the air with her:

"She had this wonderful chemistry with whoever she worked" said Snell. "She would work with (meteorologist) Bruce Katz; they were wonderful together. One day on the air last week, Bruce apparently referred to her as, or referred to himelf as 'her TV husband.' Somebody looks at me in the newsroom and says, 'did you just hear what Bruce said? So during a commercial I walked out there, and I said, 'Bruce, I was her TV husband. Back off!"

 "Jesus said to us, 'I am going to prepare a place for you in my father's kingdom, and I will come back, and I will take you with me," said Archbishop Aymond. "We continue this earthly journey as we surrender our friend Nancy to the Lord. That she will have the fullness of eternal life, and you and I expect to see her again."

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