The California Correctional Health Care Services announced the death of Veronique M. Parker, RN, BSN., on Nov. 7.
Mrs. Parker, 60, was born in Bedford, Ohio. She was one of 10 siblings in addition to four step-siblings.
She served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain in nursing from 1977 to 1980.
She earned her degree in nursing at St. Johns College in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mrs. Parker started her career with CDCR in 1991 at the California Medical Facility as a registered nurse in G-1, G-2, and B-1 in the Triage/Treatment Center before joining utilization management (UM), where she was affectionately known as one of the “alien twins” due to her collection of alien pictures and any usable office item that depicted outer world images.
She transferred to Headquarters in 2002 to join the telemedicine unit as a telemedicine coordinator, providing training and mentoring new UM nurses.
In 2011, she retired after 20 years of State service and 40 years in nursing.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald; two sons, Ronald Jr. and Alexander; a daughter, Juliette; and eight grandchildren.