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Mitchell Williams Attorney Anne Parker Passes Away

One of First Three Women to Become Partner in Firm

November 29, 2019

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. deeply regrets to announce that partner Anne Parker passed away on November 22, 2019. She was 76 years of age.

"Anne Parker was a long-time partner and friend, and she will be greatly missed," said Mitchell Williams Managing Director Rick Beard.  "Anne had a distinguished law career and was an engaged community leader," said Beard.

Parker earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, graduating first in her class with high honors. She joined Mitchell Williams in 1981 and on January 1, 1985, Parker was one of the first three women to become partners in the firm. 

Parker had extensive experience in municipal finance and served as bond counsel for Arkansas Development Finance Authority’s Economic Development Guaranty Bond Program as well as for the State of Arkansas General Obligation College Savings Bond Program. She was also experienced in legislative review and analysis in the areas of utility, municipal law and municipal finance law.

Parker was born May 30, 1943 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She is survived by her  children, Adam Ritchey (Amy) of Fayetteville and Joy Ritchey Reynolds (John) of Vilonia, her grandson, Jackson Ritchey of Fayetteville, and two sisters Peggy Darouse (Dick) of Mountain Home and Joyce Whitfield of Hot Springs.

A memorial service will be held Monday, December 2nd at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive in Little Rock. For more on Parker's legacy, her obituary is available here.