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Obituary for Trillis Ann Parker

Trillis Ann (Evans) Parker of Burlington died August 29th from complications following a stroke. She was born in Burlington in 1939, the daughter of Eddie and Vida Nelson Evans, from whom she learned the importance of both hard work and a sense of fun—qualities she would emulate throughout her life. She was raised in the Burlington Lutheran Church and graduated from Burlington Edison High School.
She married Gaylan Lee Parker in 1962 and they made their home in Everett, Washington where they raised their two sons, Eddie Lee and Marc Evan until Gaylan’s unexpected death in 1969. Trillis continued to raise her sons as a working single mom.
In the early ‘80’s, Trillis moved to Las Vegas where she pursued her interest in cooking and thoroughbred horse racing. She wrote two books: “Horse Talk: It Pays to Listen” and “Horse Talk: The Paddock and the Post Parade”.
Trillis appreciated food as a consumer and a professional. Anyone who has eaten a meal prepared by her or witnessed her catering talents can attest to her skills as a chef. She catered meals at Liberace’s private residence, worked for two wedding chapels and started her own business, Custom Cook—planning meals and preparing meals for individuals and families thirty years before it became popular.
As the century transitioned, Trillis welcomed with pride her grandson Evan and later granddaughter Aleah into her life.
In 2001, she and her partner, Jim Selvidge moved to Burlington to provide care for her mother, Vida, who died in 2013. Once back in Burlington, Trillis began studying the tenets of “The Book of Mormon”, a faith embraced by her father’s family. She and Jim converted and became active members of the LDS Ward in Sedro Woolley. She produced the weekly church bulletin and the church became a welcoming home.
Along with helping to organize for the extended Nelson family, Trillis also renewed frindships and activities with the BEHS class of ’57, helping plan and execute communications and reunions. In later years she provided volunteer hours in the Relay for Life and the Alzheimer’s Association


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