Rensselaer – Shirley Rivett Parker, 83, of Rensselaer, died on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Samaritan Hospital, with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Jack Parker. Born in Green Island, daughter of the late R. Stanley Rivett and Anna Sickles Rivett, she resided in Gloversville and Greenwich before moving to Rensselaer in 2011. Shirley was a graduate of Heatly High School, Class of 1945 and had been employed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for 40 years, retiring in 1983. She was a communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Troy and was studying to be a deacon. She had been the chief administrator for the Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, was a member of the Daughters of the King, was one of the founders of the Bethany Day Shelter in Troy, was active in TAUM and was a member of the Rensselaer Historical Society. Survivors, in addition to her husband, include her children, Annabelle Parker of Rensselaer, Elizabeth (Philip) Gates of Long Beach, CA and Jack (Melissa) Parker of Troy. Seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive. She was predeceased by her brothers, Doc Rivett and Douglas Rivett. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 146 First Street in Troy of Sunday at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made in Shirley’s memory to the Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, NY.