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Corona’s first female mayor dies at age 93

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People in Corona said farewell to the city’s first female mayor, Rena Parker, over the weekend. Her family is gathering for a private service on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Spokane, Wash. Parker was 93 years old when she died last month in Corona.

Rowena “Rena” Parker served on the Corona City Council in the 1960s and early '70s. In 1968 she became the city’s first female mayor. Parker also served on the Riverside County Transit Authority advisory board and helped run an engineering consulting firm with her husband Leland.

After losing a bid for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, she gave up politics. Parker’s daughter told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that her mother was proud of breaking down gender barriers and being able to bridge political differences at critical times during her tenure in city politics.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be sent to a building fund for St. John's Episcopal Church in Corona. Rena Parker will be laid to rest in Spokane, Wash. alongside her husband who passed away eight years ago.