Paige Parker

Paige Parker

Paige Parker

VOORHEESVILLE — Family was the center of Paige Parker’s world; she loved nothing more than watching her two sons, her “true pride,” compete in athletics. She died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2018. She was 48.

Paige (née Hotaling) Parker was born on March 2, 1970, to William and Pat Hotaling. Her father was the superintendent of public works for the village of Voorheesville and her mother worked as a secretary for a group of pulmonary doctors.

Growing up, “sports was a big part of our family,” said Brett Hotaling, Ms. Parker’s brother. Paige was a standout three-sport athlete at Voorheesville’s high school. “She posted numerous council and sectional championships in tennis,” her family wrote in a tribute.

At the State University of New York College at Oneonta, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she was an accomplished tennis player as well, her brother said.

Ms. Parker was a social worker for Albany County, Mr. Hotaling said.

In a career that spanned more than two decades, her family wrote, Ms. Parker worked with people from all walks of life, “counseling juvenile offenders, those struggling with abuse and adversity, and people in need of support and services.”

“She really was the kind of person who liked to help others — she really devoted her life to that,” Mr. Hotaling said of his sister. She always worried about others more than herself, he said. “I think that’s why she became a social worker and caseworker, just to be out there and help people.”

While Ms. Parker’s work was helping others, Mr. Hotaling said, “Her family was everything she was about.” Her “true pride in life,” her family wrote in a tribute, “rested in her two sons,” P.J. and Noah.

Like their mother, P.J. and Noah Parker are standout athletes and students.

P.J. Parker earned an athletic scholarship to the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he plays soccer and majors in business. Noah Parker, a junior at Voorheesville’s Clayton A. Bouton High School, plays both varsity basketball and football.

“The message I would like to get across is: The big thing that she loved to do was, she loved to watch her boys compete,” Mr. Hotaling said of his sister.

Ms. Parker’s family and sons were the center of her world. Family dinners and get-togethers, Mr. Hotaling said, “that’s where I always saw her the happiest.”

“Paige was a loving mother and friend, who truly put others before herself,” her family wrote in a tribute. “We will all miss her smile, laugh, and love for those she touched.”

“My family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming love and support over the last few days,” Mr. Hotaling said on Wednesday. “Also, thanks to those who supported the GoFundMe page,” he said, noting that the donations for her sons’ college costs will have “a huge impact” on their lives.

Mr. Hotaling concluded of the love and support, “It really makes going through a tragic event like this a little easier.”

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Paige Parker is survived by her sons, P.J. and Noah Parker; her mother, Pat Hotaling, of Voorheesville; her brothers, Brett Hotaling and his wife, Elizabeth, of Voorheesville, Chad Hotaling and his wife, Casey, of Niskayuna; her nieces and nephews, Logan, Julia, Ryann, and Will Hotaling; and her cousin, Stacey Woodworth, and her husband, Lance, of Voorheesville.

Her father, William Hotaling, died before her, as did her aunt, Sandra Filkins, who had been married to Jud Filkins who survives her.

A service was held on Monday, Feb. 18.

Memorial contributions may be made to www.gofundme.com/pj-noah-college-fund

— Sean Mulkerrin

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