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The oldest family members that I am aware of have been Ruth (Latham) Parmelee, 107, of Denver; Sarah Walton (Parmele) Cooke, 106, of Austin, Texas; Frank P. Parmley, 105, a longtime employee of the Buffalo News; Constance D. (Phillips) Palmerlee Douglas, 102, of Seattle, a schoolteacher; Cleo Alice (Parmley) Jenkins, 101, a U.S. Postal Service worker; and Hazel (De Rade) Parmelee of Buffalo, N.Y., and Eliza Esther (Ullery) Parmley, of New Carlisle, Ind., who both lived to 100.
CHARLES LESTER PARMLEY 1923-2014
Charles [Lester Dea, Myron, Byron, Richard Franklin, Dennis A., Lemuel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a longtime resident of Brayton, Audubon County, Iowa, died March 15, 2014, at Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon. Charles was born Jan. 30, 1923, to Lester Dea and Eula Addie (Garside) Parmley in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa. He was a 1940 graduate of Atlantic High School. He attended Balbeck Welding School in Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., and became a certified welder. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during WWII. After an honorable discharge, he joined the Iowa National Guard in Atlantic as a training instructor. He and Shirley Mae Reeves were married Sept. 22, 1948, at the Little Brown Church in the Vail at Nashua, Floyd County, Iowa. They made their home on the family farm south of Brayton, and he worked at the Art Berry Sawmill. Charles served as director of Oakfield No. 7 Country School and was a member of the Exira School Board during the district's reorganization and the building of the new high school. He was a member of the organizational committee for the Audubon Co-op, and participated in the Odd Fellows Lodge in Atlantic, Exodus Masonic Lodge No. 342 in Exira, Exodus Chapter 313 Order of the Eastern Star in Exira and the Amvets and Brayton American Legion. He served as Rainbow Dad for Assembly 131 and the Order of Rainbow Girls in Exira for many years. Charles was a member of Audubon County Sheriffs Rangers for 13 years. He enjoyed hunting, gun collecting, John Wayne movies and was an avid reader. He is survived by his wife; daughters Penny Collen of Omaha. and Sherri Landsberger of Des Moines, Iowa; son Craig of Brayton; daughter-in-law Margaret Parmley (Marvin) Sonntag of Atlantic; five grandchildren including Clark Parmley of Springfield, Greene County, Mo.. and Cody Parmley of Brayton; five great-grandchildren including Nicholas Parmley of Columbia, Boone County, Mo.; and sister Gladys Farrer of Woodinville, King County, Wash. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother Gladys Parmley; stepfathers Herman Eden and Lloyd McAfee; son David; grandson Scott Landsberger; sisters Dollie Parmley, Margaret Payne and Emily Mock; and brothers Leroy and Clifford Parmley and Howard Eden. Burial was at Atlantic Cemetery.
MARGARET (GRAHAM) PARMLEY 1929-2014
Margaret, a nurse and widow of Carl Everett [William "Bryan," Newland Muhlenburg, Henson Greenland, Alladin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmley, died March 6, 2014. She was born May 17, 1929, the daughter of George W. and Minnie Graham. After graduating from Red Bank (Tenn.) High School, she entered Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing and received her registered nurse certification in 1950. Her nursing assignments included the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Anderson and Roane counties, Tenn.; the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn., where she served as head nurse in the emergency room; and the Hamilton County Jail. Margaret was also owner and operator of Parmleys Childrens Shop, a licensed Realtor, coordinator for the Morgan-Scott donation center, and a 50-year volunteer at Bethel Bible Village where she also served on its board. She was an active member at Ashland Terrace Christian and Red Bank United Methodist churches. Travel was a favorite pastime having visited most of the United States, 26 countries, and taking 29 cruises. Survivors include daughter Rebecca Jane Varnell and stepdaughter Linda Underwood; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband; brothers Ralph and Carl; and sister Ruth G. Combs. Burial was at Chattanooga Memorial Park. Lane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Donations be made in her name to her Bethel Bible Village.
WANDA LOUISE (PARMLEY) SIMLER 1938-2014
Wanda [Cecil Paul, Samuel Taylor, Samuel Taylor, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Kirksville, Adair County, Mo., died March 6, 2014, at the University Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Boone County, Mo. She was born July 19, 1938, in Green Castle, Sullivan County, Mo., the daughter of Cecil and Trella Emma (Dimmitt) Parmley, Wanda spent much of her life in Adair County, graduating from Novinger High School in 1957, and marrying Eldon "Keith" Keith Simler on June 24, 1956, at Green Castle. She sold Stanley Home Products for more than 40 years, worked at the gas station in Simlerville and last owned and operated the Simler Dog Kennel for a number of years. She was a longtime leader of Liberty 4-H Club, enjoyed quilting, and in the past enjoyed raising chickens, gardening and canning. Wanda was a member of the Union Temple Church of Kirksville. Survivors include her husband; sons Mark of Kirksville, and Paul of Sperry, Adair County, Mo.; brother Warner Parmley of Green Castle; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Union Temple Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Union Temple Church, Union Temple Cemetery or to Pratt Cemetery, all in care of Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.
ROSEMARY L. PARMLEY 1930-2014
Rosemary [De Vere "Dee," Walter "William," John, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Calumet City, Cook County, Ill., died March 4, 2014. She was born to the De Vere and Nellie (Tanner) Parmley in Mounds, Pulaski County, Ill., on May 18, 1930. Rosemary graduated from Moody Bidle Institute and Southern Illinois University and became a schoolteacher. Upon retirement, Rosemary helped in church libraries and did petsitting. Her compassion also extended to finding many homes for helpless animals. Among her survivors is sister Frieda Christian, of Metropolis, Massac County, Ill. Preceding her in death were five brothers and four sisters. Burial was in Internment Homewood Memorial Gardens. Memorials sent to Last Chance Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 398, Schererville, IN 46375, would be appreciated.
ANGIE PARMLEY ca1977-2014
Angie [unplaced] of Cadet, Missouri, died Feb. 19, 2014. She was 36. She was buried at High Point Cemetery. The DeClue Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
DENNIS FRANCIS PARMALEE 1951-2014
Dennis [Kenneth Gilbert, Ernest Lyman, Henry Willard, Willard H., David Birdsey, Solomon, Mark, Mark, Job, John, John] of Goshen, Sullivan County, N.H., died at Concord Hospital in Concord, Merrimack County, N.H., on Feb. 17, 2014. He was born in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn., on June 27, 1951, the son of Kenneth Gilbert and Elizabeth (Valiant) Parmalee. He was a 1969 graduate of Norwalk High School. He married Jan Sherwood nearly 40 years ago and they made their home in Goshen for the past 30 years. He worked at Sylvania and enjoyed going to fairs, flea markets and had a sweet tooth for Lindt Chocolates. He collected post cards, especially ones from the local area, and was a member of the Goshen Fire Assn. and the Friends of the Goshen Grange. Survivors include his widow; his mother of Norwalk; brothers Kenny of Florida, Richard of Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., and Gary and Robert, both of Norwalk. He was predeceaded in death by bother Thomas. A private burial will be held in the spring at Goshen's Four Corners Cemetery. Donations may be made in Dennis name to the Sullivan County Humane Society, PO Box 111. Claremont, NH 03743.
EUGENE L. 'BUD' PARMELEE 1940-2014
Bud [unplaced] died Feb. 17, 2014. He was born in Seattle, King County, Wash., on Oct. 15, 1940. Among his survivors are his widow Gail, daughter Lynn Avilucea; son Leon; five grandchildren; brother David; and sister Kathleen Terry. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Scribner Kidney Center.
MARY ANN (BRUGGEMA) PARMELEE ca1943-2014
Mary Ann, wife of Thomas W. [unplaced] and a renowned instructor, trainer and clinician in the equestrian community, died Feb. 6, 2014, at Georgia Regents University Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. She was 70. A native of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., she was the daughter of Eiso L. and Pauline (Wagner) Bruggema. Mary Ann and her husband owned Chessman Farm and had made Aiken, Aiken County, S.C., their home since 1988. Survivors include her husband; sons Rick Cram of Aiken, and Brent Cowan of Hastings, Barry County, Mich.; and four grandchildren. A celebration of her life was held at Highfields Event Center in Aiken. Memorial contributions may be directed to SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, 199 Willow Run Road, Aiken, SC 29801, or the Aiken County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 2207, Aiken, SC 29802.
HATTIE NOELLE PARMELE 2014
Hattie died Jan. 22, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., at the age of 8 days. She was the daughter of Ryan [Mark, Ronald Claude, Earl Calvin, Lyman Seth, Giles, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, John, John] and Nicole (Schenk) Parmele of Bloomington, Mc Lean County, Ill. In addition to her parents, she is survived by brother Gavyn; grandparents Mark and Linda Parmele of Mackinaw, Tazewell County, Ill., Debra Schenk of Bloomington; and maternal great-grandfather Jerry Schenk of Bloomington. She was preceded in death by grandfather Steven Schenk of Bloomington. Burial was at Bloomington's Park Hill Cemetery. The Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital of Illinois, 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61637.
PHILIP LANCE PARMLEY 1965-2014
Philip [Wallace "Jerry" Jerome, Arthur Philip, Seba Williams, Mary Ellen (Watson), Joseph, Maria, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry] of White Haven, Luzerne County, Pa., died Jan. 18, 2014, at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pa. He was born Nov. 2, 1965, at Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, the son of Jerry and Judy (Davis) Parmley. He was a graduate of East High School, West Chester, Chester County, Pa., and did contract work at White Haven Center. In addition to his parents, Philip is survived by sister Tammy; aunt Judy; and uncles Tom and Robert. White Haven's Lehman Family Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
VIRGINIA AMELIA (VOORHEES) PARMLEY 1922-2013
Dorothy, widow of Howard R. [Ernest, James, --?--] and a resident of Stuarts Draft, Augusta County, Va., died Nov. 23, 2013, at Maple Lawn Home in Staunton, Va. She was born July 13, 1922, in Perry, Wyoming County, N.Y., the daughter of the Spencer and Margaret Voorhees. There she worked as a bookkeeper for Citizens Bank and the former Perry Harold newspaper. She and Howard were married April 10, 1948, and moved to Largo, Pinellas County, Fla., where she worked as a bookkeeper for D'Andrea Electric until her retirement. She lived in Largo until 1999, and then retired to the Stuarts Draft area. She was a volunteer with the Salvation Army, and a member of Wayside Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Va. Survivors include son Richard of Greenville, Augusta County, Va.; granddaughter Leah Huston; three great-grandchildren; and brother Floyd. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by siblings Don Voorhees and Carolyn Streb. A memorial service was held at Wayside Baptist Church. Memorial donations in Dorothy's honor may be made to Wayside Baptist Church, 45 Turk Mountain Lane, Waynesboro, VA 22980; or the Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 260, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477.
RODNEY R. PARMLEY 1924-2013
Rodney [Major "Curtis," Allen, Ellsberry, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Nov. 3, 2013, with his wife of 40 years, Jean, at his side. Rodney was born Sep. 23, 1924, in Pope County, Ill., but later moved to Metropolis, Massac County, Ill., where he lived the rest of his life. He was employed by Laidlaw Corp. and then the City of Metropolis until his retirement. His enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and gardening. In addition to his wife, he is survived by stepson Don Powell of Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and nephews Russell, Gary and Jim Parmley. He was preceded in death by stepsons Kenny and Brad Powell; brothers Major and Mac Parmley; and sister Paulene Cromeenes. Burial was at Mount Sterling Cemetery, and the Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
RICHARD BURTON PARMELEE 1925-2013
Richard [Harold Burton, Burton Munroy, Munroy D., Harvey Harry, Asaph, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], a career railroad worker and World War II veteran, died Oct. 23, 2013, in Haines City, Polk County, Fla. He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Norwich, New London County, Conn., to Harold and Myrtle (Nichols) Parmelee. He resided in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., until 1996, when he and his wife, Yvonne, moved to Florida. Richard served in the Navy during World War ll and later the Navy Reserves, achieving the rank of communication technician chief. He worked for many years as a tower operator and dispatcher for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its successor companies. He is survived by sons Richard of Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla., and Leslie of Jacksonville, Duval Couty, Fla.; daughter Kathleen Stark of Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, N.H.; grandchildren including Justin Parmelee and Heather Parmelee-Granieri; and great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his wife of more than 65 years. A memorial was held at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City. Donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823.
GLADYS (NEW) PARMLEY 1944-2013
Gladys, widow of Melvin "Phillip" [Clyde, Frank "Hence," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Sept. 3, 2013, at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. She was born April 29, 1944, in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., the daughter of Hobert New and Zona (Bell) Dodson. She and Phillip were married Aug. 19, 1967; he died Jan. 13, 2009. Gladys was a member of the Parnell Methodist Church, and enjoyed visiting her relatives, communicating on her videophone with her friends, and the company of her special dog.She is survived by her mother; sisters Stella Pogue of Monticello, and Sharon Morrow of Eubank, Pulaski County, Ky.; and brothers Bobby and Tommy, both of Monticello. Burial was in the Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. The Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home of Monticello was in charge of arrangements.
FLORENCE E. (HANEY) HABETS PARMELEE 1918-2013
Florence, a homemaker and the widow of Harvey J. [Clarence Jerome, James "Marion" Marion, James Bogart, David Rossiter, James, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], died Sept. 3, 2013. at a nursing home. Florence was born Jan, 15, 1918, to Norris and Mary (Yost) Haney in Cascade, Cascade County, Mont. After their mother died, 8-year-old Florence and her sister were was raised at St. Thomas Catholic Home. She and Peter Habets were married in 1936, and farmed east of Valier near the Belgian Colony. After Peter died, Florence moved with her four children to Great Falls, Cascade County, Mont., where she worked in a grocery store. Later she met and married Harvey Parmelee, and they farmed and ranched ner Valier, Pondera County, Mont. Florence was remembered for her sewing, baking, and gardening. She also worked as a cook at several local cafes. She and Harvey enjoyed traveling and saw much of the South and Northwest. After Harvey's death in 1982, Florence remained in Valier until the fall of 2007 when she moved to the Horizon Lodge in Conrad, Mont. Later she moved to the Country Home in Malta, Phillips County, Mont., to be closer to her daughter Dolores (Parmelee) Shettel and family. She is also survived by sons Larry Habets of Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, Calif., Ernie Habets of Conrad, Rodger Parmelee of Valier; daughters Teresa (Habets) Bruno of Great Falls, Candace (Parmelee) Johnson of Otsego, Wright County, Minn., and Tami (Parmelee) Wagner of Nodaway, Adams County, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Gale Habets; grandson Tony; sister Alice O'Brien; and brother Clarence "Bud" Haney. Memorial services were at the Valier Catholic Church. Interment was at the Valier Cemetery, and a luncheon followed.
WILLIAM LEWIS PARMELEE 1934-2013
Bill [William Lewis, Charles J., William Lewis, David Lewis, Beecher, Jeremiah, Abel, Job, John, John], an Air Force veteran and 40-year resident of Valdosta, Lowndes County, Ga., died July 19, 2013, at South Georgia Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., on Aug, 28, 1934, the son of William Lewis and Miriam (McKonly) Parmelee. Bill retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service and then worked at SAFT America, Video 2001, Valdosta Mall and First State Bank. He was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Kathleen F.; son William III "Bill"; daughters Vicky Sewell and Denise Brogdon, all of Valdosta; grandchildren Brooke Alexander of Valdosta, William IV "Bo" of Valdosta, Jamie Romero of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn., Nicholas Brogdon and Dusty Sewell both of Valdosta; and sister Gloria Montoyo of Bloomingburg, Sullivan County, N.Y. Burial with military honors was held at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens in Valdosta.
THOMAS H. PARMELE 1946-2013
Tom [Harmon Ansell, Howard, Millard H., Harmon LeRoy, Alanson, Abner, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died June 3, 2013, at his home in Bloomfield, Ontario County, N.Y. He was born June 18, 1946, the son of Harmon and Elizabeth (Price) Parmele, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. He was a 1964 graduate of Bloomfield High School, and an Army veteran. He earned his law degree and MBA from the University of Buffalo, and was an attorney with offices in Spencerport and Bloomfield. He also was an avid baseball fan. Survivors include son Ryan; daughter Meredith Lewis; brother H. Robert; sister Linda Fogg; and grandchildren Derby, Benjamin and Josephine. Burial was at East Bloomfield Cemetery. The Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home of Bloomfield was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220.
LESLIE JANE (PIERCE) PALMERLEE 1943-2013
Leslie, a schoolteacher for 23 years and wife of Daniel De Witt [Curtis De Witt, Forrest Fay, Franklin De Witt, William "Hank" Henry, Stephen Asa, Amos, Amos, David, Joshua, John, John], died May 16, 2013, at her home in Gilroy, Santa Clara County, Calif. Leslie was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended UCLA, and moved to Gilroy in 1970 with her husband, whom she had known since junior high school. She was a quilter, a gardener, a cook, and an angler. In addition to her husband of 47 years, she is survived by her children, Candace and Danny; three grandchildren; her 93-year-old mother, Mary Jane Pierce; and sister Candy Kieley. Donations may be made in her name to Gentiva Hospice, 2055 Gateway Place #600, San Jose, CA 95110.
DANA LYNN PARMERLEE 1951-2013
Dana [Warren "Dale" Dale, George Clark, Amos, Marcus Hurlburt, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, Stephen, John, John] a lifelong resident of Whiteland, Johnson County, Indiana, died May 10, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana. He was born Oct, 9, 1951, in Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., to Dale and La Deama (Essex) Parmerlee. He and Charlotte Hubbard were married March 16, 1974, in Bicknell, Knox County, Ind. Dana began farming at age 14 with his father, east of Whiteland. He was a member of Johnson County Farm Bureau and was a longtime member of Whiteland Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his wife, survivors include daughter Amanda Anderson of Acton, Marion County, Ind.; son Alan of Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind.; grandchildren Dana and John Anderson; and sisters Connie Ray and Roberta Parmerlee, both of Hope, Bartholomew County, Ind. Burial was at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, Johnson County, Ind. Memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St. #100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
VIOLET I. (BRITTAIN) PARMELEE 1918-2013
Violet [unplaced] died May 9, 2013, at her home in Lee's Summit, Jackson County, Mo. Violet was born April 17, 1918, to Earl McKinley and Mildred Kathryn Brittain, and came to Kansas City in 1952. She enjoyed tending her flowers and vegetable garden; feeding the birds and squirrels. Survivors include daughter Ileene Moore Focht; granddaughters Jennifer Hughes and Michelle Moore; great-grandchildren Ian McCord, Savanna Hughes, Caitlin McCord, Andrew Nelson and Emma Nelson; sister Claire Carter Jones; brother Earl J. Brittain; and her cat, Smokey. She was preceded in death by sisters Helen Brittain and Mary Rougeau. Burial was at Mt. Washington Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, Independence, Mo. Contributions may be made to Wayside Waifs or a charity of donor's choice.
JOHN WILLIAM / BILL PARMLEY 1923-2013
John [Tim Hennessey, Samuel Mitchison, Edward Mitchison, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], director of the department of anesthesia at Hotel Dieu Hospital in New Orleans for 33 years, died April 14, 2013. John was a member of the faculties of Tulane and Louisiana State University medical schools. He was born April 8, 1923, the son of Tim H. and Madge (Doggett) Parmley, in Electra, Wichita, Texas. John served two years in the Navy and 11 years in the Naval Reserves. He began the first pain clinic at Charity Hospital of New Orleans, and published one of the first books on recovery rooms. He began the anesthesia department at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, and he was a diplomate of The American Board of Anesthesiology and a fellow of The American College of Anesthesiologists. His enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved to entertain with his African safari adventures where he did "sick calls" in many native villages. Even in death John will continue to teach: The 1946 graduate of Tulane Medical School donated his body to the school. He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Cripps) Parmley; daughters Jodi Parmley, Jennifer Robinson, and Patricia Parmley; grandchildren Katie, Jack and Aimee Sunseri, and Isabelle, Conrad, William and Annaliese Robinson. He was preceded in death by son John Thad, and brother Ralph. A celebration of his life was held at Christwood Retirement Community in Covington, St. Tammany Parish, La. Donations to the Hospice Programs of St. Tammany Parish Hospital and North Oak Hospital may be made in his memory.
MERLYN PARMELY 1935-2013
Merlyn [Archie John, James Wilbur, Melvin Augustus, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a farmer at Miller, Hand County, S.D., died April 13, 2013, at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller. He was born May 31, 1935, at Keeline, Niobrara County, Wyo., the son of Archie and Bertha (Daugherty) Parmely. In 1940, the family returned to South Dakota where he graduated in 1954 from St. Lawrence High School. Upon the death of his father, Merlyn became involved in farming. He and Marilyn Raske were married June 1, 1956, at the Miller Presbyterian Church and spent their lives on a farm south of St. Lawrence until her death in 1976. He married Bernice Schubloom on July 13, 1979. Merlyn enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, visiting with neighbors, and his dogs. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Mike of Holabird, Hyde County, S.D., Rod of Watertown, Codington County, S.D., and Jeff of Miller; daughter Sandra Stevens of Miller; grandchildren Brad and Eric Parmely, Grady and Cole Oakley, Jessica Oolman, Casie Stevens, Andrea Jones, Clate Stevens, and Jay, Jenna, Tara and Trevor Parmely; great-grandchildren Joslynn, Montana and Jerzy Parmely, Brayden and Jace Oolman, and Mia Jones. Merlyn was preceded in death by brothers Donald, Clarence, Leo, LaVerne, Harold, Arvy, and Clayton Jr. Burial was at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller; the Rembold Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
DIANE ELIZABETH PARMELEE 1955-2013
Diane, wife of Charles W. Parmelee [unplaced] and a resident of Geneva, Ontario County, N.Y., and Dundee, Yates County, N.Y., died April 12, 2013, at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. She was born Jan. 3, 1955, in Montour Falls, Schuyler County, N.Y., daughter of the Dean and Marion (Hall) Lamborn. Diane and Charles were married June 29, 1996, in Torrey, Yates County, N.Y. She had worked for several years at Joyful Vineyards in Milo, Yates County, N.Y., and loved the outdoors and camping. In addition to her husband and her mother, she is survived by daughter Angel E. Brown of Geneva; grandchildren Vanessa R. Pompeo, Pete L.A. Richardson, and Tryna R. Richardson;sisters Doris Jorgensen, Debbie Groom, Denise Pearston, Doreen Lamborn, Donna Karkut, and Deanne Lamborn. She was preceded in death by daughter Trina Kerrick in 1995. A celebration of her life was held at the Penn Yan American Legion. Contributions may sent to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee, NY 14837, to help with expenses.
MARSHALL DENNY PARMLEY 1914-2013
Marshall [Alfred Layton, Garner, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died March 30, 2013, just one week after his 99th birthday. He was born at Parnell, Wayne County, Ky., the son of Alfred L. and Etta Ballenger (Toler) Parmley, the oldest of their seven children. He and Rose Clara Reichman were married June 30, 1951, at Norwood, Hamilton County, Ohio, where they lived a number of years. She died in 2006. Among his survivors are sons David and Steven; daughter Marsha Wilderspin; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home of Cincinnati was in charge of arrangements.
NELLIE 'MAXINE' MAXINE (STEVENS) PARMELEE 1920-2013
Nellie, a longtime dietitian and the widow of Floyd L. [Wayne Atwater, Otis Atwood, James Ellsworth, Alfred, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died March 9, 2013, after a battle with Alzheimer's disease at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility, in Bellaire, Antrim County, Mich. She was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., and moved with her mother to Oscoda, Iosco County, Mich. She graduated in 1943 from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) with a degree in nutrition. She worked as a dietitian for more than three decades. She met Floyd at college where he was majoring in agriculture; they were married in the campus chapel. They lived at St. Johns, Clinton County, Mich., for many years before retiring to Florida in the 1980s. She is survived by sons Lance of Bellaire and Phillip of Pennsylvania; granddaughter Shannon; and a great-granddaughter. Arrangements were handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
DAVID CLARKE PARMELEE 1947-2013
David [George Wyman, George Mortimer, Thomas M., Thomas Jefferson, Thomas W., James, James, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], a biochemist, died Feb. 27, 2013, at his home in North Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md. He was born March 25, 1947, in East Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., the son of George Wyman and Margaret Jane (Wilbur) Parmelee. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, David was commissioned as a U.S. naval aviation officer. He earned his PhD in physiological chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He held positions in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington, The German Cancer Research Center, the National Institutes of Health, Human Genome Sciences, Celera Genomics and, most recently, United States Pharmacopoeia. He was a knowledgeable outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson motorcyclist. In addition to his wife of 43 years, Patricia (Behrens), he is survived by daughters Alissa and Heather; his mother; sisters Gail Orlove, Kathleen Timmis, and Laurel Hershiser.
CLAUDIA REISS JUNT PARMLEY 1959-2013
Claudia, a longtime waitress and a resident of Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, died Feb. 21, 2013. She was born April 23, 1959, in Oberurbach, Germany, the daughter of Siegfried Junt and Gerlinde Dunavin, and moved to the United States in 1964, where she graduated from high school in Oklahoma. In 1987, she moved to Amarillo with her parents where she worked as a waitress for many years. Claudia enjoyed putting together her Christmas village each year with her mother, and loved her pets immensely. Survivors include her parents, Gerlinde and Jessy of Amarillo; son Cody Adams of Amarillo; and sisters Heidi Parmley of Tulsa, Tulsa County, Texas, and Judy Parmley of Killeen, Bell County, Texas. The Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel in Amarillo was in charge of arrangements. Heidi and Judy are the daughters of Kenneth Harold [Rex, James Clay, William Irvin, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and Marie Parmley.
ELIZABETH 'BETTY' ANNE PARMELE 1928-2013
Betty [Everett G., David Adams, William "Will" Moses, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], a speech teacher who resided in Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, died Jan, 27, 2013, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. She was born Aug. 16, 1928, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, the daughter of Everett and Ann F. (Sadusky) Parmele. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Texas University, and a master's from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in 1957, before attending Kansas State Teachers College in 1969. She moved to Ranger, Eastland County, Texas, in 1969 and taught at Ranger High School for a year, and then at Ranger Junior College from 1969 to 1995. Her greatest joy was visiting national parks with friends and she was especially fond of animals. She is survived by brothers Rick of Waxahachie, and David of Cathedral City, Riverside County, Calif.; and nephew Richard of Maryland. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society or the SPCA.
CINDI MARLENE (DIXON) PARMLEY 1957-2013
Cindi [unplaced], wife of Tom Parmley, died Jan. 24, 2013. She was born May 16, 1957, the daughter of Max and Ina Mae Dixon. She is survived by her husband of 26 years; her mother; children Jory, Mick, and Lexi; grandchildren; and siblings Terri, Lori, Bret, and Staci. The Warenski Funeral Home in American Fork, Utah, was in charge of arrangements.
MARY (LONG) BUTLER PARMLEY 1938-2013
Mary, a restaurateur and widow of Thomas [Vursel Paul, Luther "Lute," Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 13, 2013, at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. She was born April 4, 1938, near Toledo, Tama County, Iowa, to Oren and Irene (Helleso) Long. The family moved to Tama and she graduated with the Class of 1956 from Tama High School. She and Dale William Butler (1932-1964) were married Oct. 14, 1956, at the Trinity Lutheran Church near Malcom, Poweshiek County, Iowa, where they farmed. After Dale's death, the family moved to Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, and she began a long career in the restaurant business at the Long Horn. She and Thomas Paul Parmley were wed Jan. 24, 1966, in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Ill. They operated the Long Horn in Grinnell and later moved to Montezuma, Poweshiek County, Iowa, where they owned and operated the Maid Rite and Tom and Mary's Restaurant. Survivors include sons Rick Butler, Mike Butler and Brad* Parmley, all of Grinnell; stepson Chris Parmley of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa; stepdaughters Lisa Parmley of Council Bluffs, Valerie Leviton and Sylvia Parmley, both of Tucson, Pima County, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Connie Turnus of Tama. She was preceded in death by both husbands, son Randy Butler, and brother Robert Long. Burial was at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Malcom. The Smith Funeral Home of Grinnell was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Mary Parmley Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home.
*In Thomas' obit, he is Brad Butler.
MARJORIE L. (PARMLEY) GAHIMER 1925-2013
Marjorie [Dexter, Jefferson, Giles, Robert, John, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a long-time resident of Rushville, Rush County, Ind., died there Jan. 12, 2013. She worked many years at the switchboard of Rush Memorial Hospital and did payroll. She was born June 19, 1925, to Dexter and Celia Elizabeth (Slagle) Parmley and spent her early life in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky.; she had lived in Rushville since 1947. She married Bobby Dill on Feb. 10, 1958, who preceded her in death in 1963, and Varl L. Gahimer on Feb. 14, 1970, who preceded her in death in 2008. Marjorie also worked for Drs. Frank Green and Marvin Norris as office administrator, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rushville. She is survived by daughters Donna Wilson and Debbie Dill of Rushville, and Libby O'Connor of Greenwood, Johnson County, Ind.; brothers Herschel of Canada and Charles of Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky.; sisters Stella Parmley of Rushville, Ella Risner of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., and Maysie Weaver of Somerset; stepdaughters Norene Wright of Manilla, Rush County, Ind., and Earlene Wheeler of Waldron, Shelby County, Ind.; seven grand and step-grandchildren; and 11 great- and step-great-grandchildren. Marjorie was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Betty Jean Parmley. Services were held at Moster Mortuary in Rushville, and burial was in the Arlington East Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Rushville.
VIRGINIA MARGARET (GONZALEZ) PARMLEY 1944-2013
Virginia, wife of Gary Francis [Eugene R., Alva James, Albion True, James Edward, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmley, died Jan. 8, 2013. She was born April 16, 1944, in Roswell, Chaves County, N.M., the daughter of C.C. and Margarita Gonzalez. Virginia was graduated from St. Marys LPN school and practiced nursing in Roswell and Albuquerque, N.M., and El Paso and Dallas, Texas. She was a member of Grace Community and First United Methodist churches, and was the cook for the Wednesday night family nights at the Methodist church until her health began to fail. She is survived by husband; daughters Shanna Bock of Florissant, Teller County, Colo., Carmen Briseno and Michelle Clark of Roswell; sister Dolores Lee Burciaga of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, N.M., brothers Ruben of Panderis, N.M., and Clifford of Roswell; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by grandson Richard Lee Briseno. Donations can be made in her memory to Vista Care Hospice, 400 N. Pennsylvania Ave. #500, Roswell, NM 88201, or a charity of your choice.
A. MILDRED (SHELLY) PARMELEE 1925-2012
Millie, retired village clerk of Honeoye Falls, Monroe County, N.Y., and widow of Ronald Art "Red" [Howard Baldwin, Isaac, Aaron Baldwin, Bela, Reuben, John, John, John, John, John] died Dec. 20, 2012. Millie, a member of the Village Clerks Association, retired from her post in 1988 after 23 years of service. She also belonged to the Honeoye Falls Legion Auxiliary, and St. Paul's Rosary Society; and was a parishioner at St. Paul's. She is survived by son Rodney; daughters Joan Smith and Marilyn DeSain; and grandsons Casey and Shane Parmelee, Barry DeSain, and Scott Smith.. She was preceded in death by eight older siblings. The Merton H. Kays Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made in her name to the Veterans Memorial - Falls Post 664, Box 249, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472.
BETTY (FLOWERS) PARMELEE 1922-2012
Betty, first wife of Jack Morel [Ellis Earl, George Wilson, George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Dec. 18, 2012, at the home of her daughter. Betty was born Aug.11, 1922, the daughter of Wayland Smedley and Addie (Pinkston) Flowers. A lifelong resident of Parrott, Tarrell County, Ga., she was a member of the Parrott Baptist Church, attended Valdosta State College. She was an accomplished artist, enjoyed music, storytelling and loved to dance. Survivors include daughters Janet Sheffield of Albany, Dougherty County, Ga., and Joanne Hardy Thomas of Thomasville, Thomas County, Ga.; son Michael J. of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; and four grand- and step-grandchildren. Burial was at Parrott Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Parrott Baptist Church, Parrott Volunteer Fire Department or the charity of your choice. The Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CALVIN 'URSEL' URSEL PARMELE 1922-2012
Calvin [Earl Calvin, Lyman Seth, Giles, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], who was known as "Mr. Corn" for his vast knowledge of the plant, died Dec. 3, 2012, at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer, Ind. He was born Feb. 12, 1922, the son of Earl and Iris (Roberts) Parmele of Mackinaw, Tazewell County, Ill., and was a member of Mackinaw High School's Class of 1939. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army and served in World War II. Upon returning home, he entered Illinois State Normal College in Bloomington, where he graduated in 1951 with a B.S. degree in agriculture. Ursel taught science in LaRosa, Ill., as well as night classes for returning veterans. In 1951, he married Myrna Beasly of Witt, Montgomery County, Ill., whom he met while in college. In 1953, they moved to Rensselaer, Jasper County, Ind., where he became a district sales manager for Funk's Brothers Seed Co., and in 1972 he became an independent wholesaler for Golden Harvest Seed Co. In the 1960s, Ursel headed up the annual March of Dimes dance at St. Joseph's College and had the opportunity to meet Dr. Jonas Salk. In the 1970s, he served on the Rensselaer City Council for one term. Ursel was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Rensselaer, serving as elder and on session for numerous terms. He was also instrumental in the location, acquisition, and establishment of The Geneva Center, a youth camp and conference center, in Rochester, Fulton County, Ind., and was appointed to a term as vice moderator for the Presbyterian Synod of Indiana. Ursel raised and processed broomcorn to make hand-made brooms that he marketed in four states. His summertime treat was to raise sweet corn with his grandchildren, which they sold at a stand on his farm west of Rensselaer. In his retirement years, he took great pleasure in popping corn for social affairs at their retirement village in Arizona. He and Myrna spent 30 years as "snowbirds" in Mesa, Maricopa, Ariz., where he enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by sons Paul and Scott, both of Rensselaer; grandchildren Logan Parmele, Kyle Brant-Goss and Claire Parmele; sister, Noreen Haubrock of Mesa; brother Jerry of Mackinaw. Burial was at Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Birthright of Rensselaer or The Good Samaritan Food Pantry. Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer handled arrangements.
CHARLES 'ROOME' ROOME PARMELE III 1925-2012
Roome [Henry Gilbert Woodruff, Charles Roome, Theodore Weld, Truman, Thomas Truman, Thomas, Thomas, Job, John, John], an insurance executive and avid tennis player, died Nov. 4, 2012, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, Middlesex County, N.J., after a brief illness. He was born May 5, 1925, on Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., the son of Henry and Helen N. (Bogert) Parmele. Roome and his family moved to Skillman, Somerset County, N.J., in 1969. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1947; his college years were interrupted while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. At Princeton, Roome was a four-year varsity tennis player and never lost a match. He took great delight in playing tennis with his wife, Jacquelyn (White), a nationally ranked player. He enjoyed the fellowship of many clubs and societies, including the Bedens Brook Club (Skillman), The Hillsboro Club in Florida, The Maidstone Club (East Hampton), The Seignoiry Club (Montebello, Canada) and The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. In addition to his wife, Roome is survived by sons Charles "Chip" Roome Parmele IV, and James White Parmele; and brother Gilbert of Simsbury, Hartford County, Conn. Fond of dogs all his life, contributions may be made in his memory to SAVE of Princeton. Services were held privately. Arrangements were under the direction of the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home in Hopewell, N.J.
WILLIAM EARL REENTS PARMLEY 1935-2012
Bill [unplaced], a technical service manager for Sears Roebuck, died at his home in Poway, San Diego County, Calif., on Oct. 29, 2012. He was born Aug. 26, 1935, in Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Mich., to William and Leona (Ryno) Reents. He attended University of Notre Dame and later worked at Sears. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed boating and hunting. He was a jack of all trades and was very much a handyman. Bill did some recreational painting and considered himself a bit of an artist. He served in the Army from 1958-60. Bill is survived by his wife, Elda (Campbell) Parmley, whom he married Sept. 17, 1960, in Los Angeles County, Calif.; sons Michael Scott Parmley of Poway, and Eugene Alan Parmley of Escondido, San Diego County, Calif.; and grandson Darrin Michael Parmley. He was preceded in death by brother Robert Reents in 2011. Services were at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, San Diego County, Calif.
ELMER PETER PARMLEY 1930-2012
Elmer [Elmer Peter, Parris E., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a brewery worker and truck driver, died Oct, 27, 2012, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. He was born March 23, 1930, in South Bend to Elmer and Minnie E. (Buckmann) Parmley. Elmer and Mary Louise Sheaks were married Nov. 25, 1950, at Lakeville, Elkhart County, Ind.; she preceded him in death in 1997. Elmer worked for Drewrys Brewery, and retired in 1995 from Central Transport as a truck driver. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan, a follower NASCAR, and enjoyed bingo. Survivors include daughters Connie Ferrence of St. Clair Shores, Macomb County, Mich., Judy Magiera and Mary Root, both of South Bend; son Ralph of South Bend; 11 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. Elmer was also preceded in death by daughters Kay Selcz and Deena Parmley-Smith. St. Joseph Funeral Home of South Bend was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetic Assn., 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311; or American Heart of Northern Indiana, 6100 W. 96th. St. #200, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
RUTH (SEWALL) PARMELEE ?-2012
|Ruth [unplaced] died Oct. 25, 2012, at Briar Hill Care Residence in Middlefield, Geauga County Ohio, after a short illness. Formerly of New Wilmington, Lawrence County, Pa., she was a daughter of Walter C. and Mary (Cox) Sewall. She received her bachelor of music, was a professor of piano, and did graduate work at Westminster College in New Wilmington.|
RALPH DARRELL PARMELY 1924-2012
Ralph [Ralph, James Alvis, Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], an Army veteran and a resident of Humboldt, McNairy County, Tenn., died Oct. 23, 2012, at Jackson General Hospital in Jackson, Madison County, Tenn. He was born May 4, 1924, in Mississippi, the son of Ralph and Gertrude (Roberts) Parmely, and was a member of the Humboldt First Baptist Church. He is survived by daughters Angela Parmely of Humboldt, Barbara Hall of Hayti, Pemiscot County, Mo., and Betty Daniels of Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn.; sisters Helen Parmely of Memphis, and Nell Dickey of Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose. Arrangements were handled by the Shelton-Hunt Funeral Home.
DONALD LYNN THRASHER PARMERLEE 1965-2012
Donald [James Keith, Otto M., John Henry, William M., William C., --?--] of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., died Oct. 8, 2012. He was born July 30, 1965, in Tuila, Swisher County, Texas. After a challenging childhood, he was adopted in May 1979 by James and Esther "Elaine" (Smith) Parmerlee and attended John Marshall High School and Whites Institute. A gifted basketball player, he played junior varsity at John Marshall and made Whites basketball team under the coach and former Indiana Star Clyde Lovellette. He is survived by this parents. Services were at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, and burial was at Indianapolis' Washington Park East Cemetery. 9606 E. Washington St., with visitation one hour prior to service.
LEE ROY PARMLEY 1930-2012
Lee [Robert Craig, Warren Silas, Silas, Augustus, Truman, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] died Sept. 3, 2012, at the HospiceCare Center in Louisville, Boulder County, Colo. He was born Jan. 26, 1930 in Rock Falls, Whiteside County, Ill., the son of Robert and Edna (Otis) Parmley. Lee moved to the Longmont/Boulder area in 1959 and lived in Gunbarrel Estates. He was a mechanical engineer at Rocky Flats, worked on the Alaska pipeline and did plumbing work in Boulder County. In 1992, he moved to Kimball, Neb., where he was a member of the Baptist Church, BPO Elks No. 1055 in Longmont, and the Flying Farmers of America. He started Boy Scout Troop No. 161 in Niwot, Colo. Lee enjoyed hunting, fishing and flying. Lee is survived by sons Bob, Steve and Greg; daughter Linda Giebelhaus; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and sister Lorraine Harmon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores. Services were held at LifeBridge Christian Church; cremation was at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
HELEN (GROSSE) PARMLEY ca1926-2012
Helen, an award-winning Dallas Morning News religion reporter and editor for 22 years and the widow of Paul Stanley [Napoleon "Lorin" Lorin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Giles, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Aug. 25, 2012, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease while in hospice care at her home in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. She was 86. Helen was born in Sharon, Mercer County, Pa, and grew up in Granite City, Madison County, Ill. She met her husband while they were lifeguards and attending Granite City High School, where she was on the tennis and basketball teams. She said the high school prepared her for a career in journalism and to work The New York Times crossword puzzle in ink. She attended Washington University in St. Louis and worked for the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times, where she covered politics for 10 years. She also had a 15-minute daily lifestyle radio program called "Coffee Time." She worked at the Arlington Daily News before joining The Dallas Morning News as a newsroom clerk on the Metro desk in October 1969. She covered a number of general assignments before she was offered a beat to cover. "They offered her religion, which she really didnt want to do, but she said that was fine," said daughter Beth A. Guillory. Six months later, her mother was hooked. Helen was appreciated throughout the newspaper. "She just knew everybody very well and everybody loved her," said retired sports editor Walter Robertson. "She just kept with everything. She knew everything about everybodys beat. She could tell you almost as much about your beat as you knew yourself. She was a great newspaperwoman." Her ashes and those of her husband, who died in 2006, were placed in the Dallas Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church's columbarium. Memorials may be made to the radio ministry at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. The Texas state flag in front of the Dallas Morning News in was flown at half-staff for a day in her memory. (See the newspaper's tribute.)
MYRNA (BEASLEY) BIRNIE PARMELE 1923-2012
Myrna, wife of Calvin "Ursel" [Earl Calvin, Lyman Seth, Giles, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Aug. 15, 2012, at Jasper County, Ind., Hospital. She was born in Witt, Montgomery County, Ill., on Sept. 20, 1923, daughter of Thomas William and Margaret H. (Young) Beasley. Myrna graduated from Witt High School in 1941, and St. Louis Business College in 1942, and then worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for five years. She and Richard Birnie were married in June, 1946; he died the following October. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in music education at Illinois State University in 1951, and married Ursel that same year at Normal, McLean County, Ill. In 1953, the couple made their home in Rensselaer, Jasper County, Ind., and spent many winters in spent their winters in Florida, Texas and Arizona. She taught social studies at West Central Elementary School for several years and later worked as a bookkeeper at the Rensselaer Care Center until her retirement. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rensselaer for more than 60 years, and served as its treasurer, president of the Women's Association and Ruth Circle, sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. She was a charter member the Jasper County Hospital Auxiliary, helped start the Gift Mobile, and belonge to Kappa Kappa Kappa, the Ladies Literary Club, the Jasper County Art League, and the Curtis Creek Country Club. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed singing and playing the piano. In addition to her husband, Myrna is survived by sons Paul and Scott of Rensselaer; and grandchildren Logan Parmele of Gulfport, Harrison County, Miss.; Kyle Goss of Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., and Claire Parmele of Rensselaer. The family suggests memorials to Birthright of Rensselaer or The Good Samaritan Food Pantry. Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer was in charge of arrangements.
GEORGIA MAY (LANGSTAFF) PARMLEY 1933-2012
Georgia, widow of Clifford Alberton [Lester Dae, Myron Bryan, Richard Franklin, Dennis A., Lemuel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmley and a resident of Lakeside, Coos County, Ore., died July 8, 2012. She was born June 7, 1933, in Rifle, Garfield County, Colo., the daughter of Lyle B and Frances (Duffy) Langstaff. She and Clifford were married March 3, 1951, in Washoe County, Nev,; he died May 2, 1999. Her survivors include daughters Cindy Webb of Lakeside, Debbie Spradlin of Napa, Napa County, Calif., and Kathy Cole of Lakeside; sister Betty Garner of Vancouver, Clark County, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of Dunes Memorial Chapel of Reedsport, Ore.
BRUCE RICHARD PARMELEE 1922-2012
Bruce [Leslie Irving, Burton Munroy, Munroy D., Harvey Harry, Asaph, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], a longtime resident of Marin County, Calif., died July 7, 2012, after a short illness at his home in Novato. Bruce was born March 30, 1922, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., the son of Leslie I. and Inez Best (Mc Clelland) Parmelee. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. Bruce worked as a salesman for Flexible Sewer-Rod Equipment Co. before moving from Southern California to Novato in 1957. He founded the San Rafael Equipment Co. in 1966, and later worked for the Enviro-Health Corp. through to his retirement at 87. Bruce and his family lived in Greenbrae from 1961 to 2007; after the death of his wife, Barbara, moved back to Novato to live with granddaughter Sheri Ketchum. Bruce was a loyal fan of the 49ers, having season tickets for over 50 years. He enjoyed gardening, reading and sharing Hafner wine with friends and family. If you needed something built he could do so to withstand the weight of an elephant. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by son Barry. He is survived by daughter Terry L. Hammonds of Wofford Heights, Kern County, Calif.; stepson Jack Wilson of Jackson City, Amador County, Calif.; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice by the Bay, or the Marin Humane Society.
EDWIN CRABLE PARMLEE 1922-2012
Edwin [Joseph "Henry" Henry, John Henry, John, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died June 28, 2012 in Holdenville, Hughes County, Okla. Edwin was born in Allen, Hughes County, Okla., on Nov. 20, 1922, the son of Joseph "Henry" and Ola Mae Allen (Bell) Parmlee. He finished high school in Atwood, Hughes County, Okla., and entered into the Army Air Corps in 1943. After World War II, he went to work for Hazel Atlas Glass Co. in Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., for 16 years. He later worked for Saint Rose Hospital for six years, and then in the engineering department of Oakland's Providence Hospital, retiring in 1986. Edwin returned to Holdenville for good in 1994. Among his survivors are several cousins. Graveside services were held at Holdenville Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Hudson Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.
HELEN 'MARJORIE' MARJORIE (OBER) PARMLEY 1922-2012
Marjorie, widow of Cecil J. [Philmore Bethel, James Emery, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmley and a resident of St. Helens, Columbia County, Ore., died June 15, 2012. She was born June 20, 1922, in Nehalem, Tillamook County, Ore., the daughter of Harold and Helen Ober. Marjorie, a 1940 graduate of Nehalem High School, worked as an operator at Nehalem Telephone & Telegraph, and as a part-time secretary in the Nehalem Grade School principal's office. On July 19, 1941, she and Cecil were married in Nehalem; they spent their lives in Oregon, living in Tillamook, Nehalem, Banks, and, since 1957, St. Helens. She worked for 20 years at the Columbia District Hospital as a CNA and gave many newborns their first bath. For many years she owned and operated Hobby Flowers out of her home, and raised orchids in her small greenhouse. A member of the Warren Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir, she kept everyone in "Marjorie Bouquets." Tending to the 17 fish in her backyard pond gave her endless joy. She also served many years on the election board in St. Helens. She is survived by sons Larry of Dundee, Yamhill County, Ore., David of Scappoose, Columbia County, Ore., and Tim of St. Helens; four granddaughters; and several great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Harold and Sherman, and sister Carol. Burial was at Columbia Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Warren Baptist Church or Hospice of Longview.
ROY LEE PARMLEY 1953-2012
Roy [Lilburn "Lib," Roscoe Samuel, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] took his own life near his hometown of Anderson, Madison County, Ind., on June 9, 2012. Roy was born in New Castle, Henry County, Ind., on Nov. 23, 1958, son of Lilburn "Lib" and Joyce Ann (Peavler) Parmley. He was a 1977 graduate of Shenandoah High School and enjoyed go-karts and motorcycles. In addition to his mother, he is survived by sons Jesse of Richmond, Wayne County, Ind., Trent of Richmond, Dennis of Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind., and Cody of Anderson; daughter Meggan White of Anderson; brothers Tracy of North Carolina and Sam of Mooreland, Henry County, Ind.; sisters Brenda Shaffer of Sulphur Springs, Henry County, Ind., and Donna Shrum of Kokomo, Howard County, Ind.; and six grandchildren including Jyllayne Parmley and Monroe Parmley. His wife, Bridget G. (Forrer), and father preceded him in death.
BARBARA 'JUNE' (PARMLEY) KELSEY 1928-2012
June [Thomas Perry, James Clay, William Irvin, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a homemaker, died June 7, 2012, in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla.. She was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Maysville, Benton County, Ark., to Thomas Perry and Mollie Lee (Marquess) Parmley. June was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, raising and showing championship bantams. She is survived by husband Donald Eugene Kelsey; daughters Trish Trammell and Darlene Smith, both of Tulsa; sons John Kelsey of Tulsa, and Donald Jr. of Jackson, Duval County, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister Wanda Tillers of Tulsa; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by daughter Barbara "Barbi" Kelsey, and brothers Bill and Homer. Burial was at Rose Hill Memorial Park. The Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Home - Westwood Chapel in Tulsa was in charge of arrangements.
JEAN (WATSON) PARMLY 1915-2012
Jean, an art teacher and the widow of John B. [Dalton, Ehrick Alexander, Eleazer, Eleazer, Jehiel, Stephen, Stephen, John, John] Parmly, died May 18, 2012, at the Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, N.J. She was born June 24, 1915, in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., the daughter of Cromwell and Jean Evelyn Watson. After graduating from Lincoln High School in Jersey City, she attended Beaver College in Pennsylvania and the Metropolitan Art School in Manhattan, where she studied with painter Michel Jacobs. Her portraiture, landscapes, and still lifes are represented in private collections in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Paris, and a large mural she created can be seen at the Oceanic Free Library in Rumson, Monmouth County, N.J., where she lived much of her life. In 1943, Jean became the art teacher at Rumson Country Day School, a post she would hold for 43 years. The school's 1975-76 yearbook, Records, was dedicated to her: "Everywhere you look in school there is something that she had either created or contributed. We are glad she has been here this long ." She and John were married shortly after World War II; he died in 1987. Jean's family lived with her mother and her brother's family in what might be described as a nine-member artistic commune, overflowing with music and artwork, for nearly 30 years. She was an early member of the Monmouth Arts Foundation and the Guild of Creative Art. Jean is survived by daughter Suzanne Parmly, a niece, two nephews, and others. The Thompson Memorial Home of Red Bank was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made in Jean's name to the Rumson Country Day School, 35 Bellevue Ave., Rumson, NJ 07760.
JOHN JOSEPH PARMLEY 1932-2012
John [Joseph, Joseph, Thomas, --?--], of Annandale, New South Wales, Australia, died April 21, 2012, at Mater Hospital in Hyde Park, Townsville, Queensland. He was born Jan. 6, 1932, in Victoria, the son of Joseph and Leah (Mc Kinley) Parmley. John is survived by his widow, Joy; sons Glenn and Mark; daughter Denise; and several grandchildren. Services were at the Lakes Chapel at Morely's Funeral Home in Townsville.
ROBERT LAWRENCE PARMELE 1923-2012
Robert [Walter Breckenridge, George Dexter, Frederick R., Rossiter, Nathaniel, William, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], a real estate salesman, died April 9, 2012. He was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., to Walter and Hazel (Tucker) Parmele. He was an honorably discharged veteran serving in the Army during WWII and he later owned Parmele Real Estate from which he retired. Bob was a lifetime fisherman and fished in most of the 50 states as well as Canada, Mexico and Brazil. His and his son's trophy fish are on display at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks. He and his late wife, Vivian, loved traveling in their RV and owned a vacation home in the Florida Keys. He often took his children, grandchildren and friends aboard his boat ViBop. He is survived by daughter Linda Parmele, of Tulsa; grandchildren Mike Parmele, Angela Loveless, Clare Tousley, Provin Martin, Darren Parmele and Bobby Parmele; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Vivian, in 2005, and in 2010 by son Robert Jr.
WILLIAM CLAY PARMLEY 1926-2012
Bill [Thomas Perry, James Clay, William Irvin, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired captain of the Tulsa, Okla., Fire Department and home builder, died April 8, 2012. He was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Maysville, Benton County, Ark., the son of Thomas and Mollie Lea (Marquess) Parmley, and called Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Okla., his home. He graduated from Webster High School in 1945 and married Dorothy Mae Ricketts on Feb. 14, 1947, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla. Bill, who was an Army veteran, belonged to the Retired Firefighters Assn. A member of the Carbondale Assembly of God Church, he also served as deacon, Sunday school secretary, junior boys teacher, Royal Ranger Pal, and helped build both parsonages. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golf. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Betty Lybarger of Tulsa; son Clay Thomas Parmley of Sand Springs; sisters Elwanda Tiller and June Kelsey, both of Tulsa; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Homer. Burial was at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens, in Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Okla. Donations can be made to the Laurel Parmley Missionary Account c/o Carbondale Assembly of God Church. Arrangements were handled by Heath-Griffith Funeral Home.
BILLIE JAULINE (ENGLAND) PARMLEY 1925-2012
Billie, a longtime resident of Antioch, Contra Costa County, Calif., and the wife of Emmert "Jess" Orval [John Reed, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died March 10, 2012. She was born March 4, 1925, in Exeter, Barry County, Mo., to William and Eugenia England. She and Jess, her high school sweetheart, were married in 1945 and moved to Antioch the following year. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons John, Jeff and Jim; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Daughter Penny Rayner preceded her in death. Her funeral was at Higgins Chapel in Antioch, and burial was at Antioch's Oak View Memorial Park.
JEFFREY LAFAYETTE PARMLY 1962-2012
Jeffrey [unplaced], a registered nurse, died March 7, 2012, in Columbia, Richland County, S.C. He was born Aug. 24, 1962, in Guam to William Ernest Parmly and Nancy Russell Martin. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned his nursing degree from Orangeburg Technical College. Jeffrey is survived by his wife of 18 years, Beth; daughter, Paige; son Jackson; father William; and sister Dana Fagan. Memorials may be made to assist with Juvenile Diabetes Research, 800-533-2873 or jdrf.org.
HELEN DOROTHY (PARMERLEE) ALLGOOD 1920-2012
Helen [Edgar, Marcus "Mark" Hurlbut, James Clark, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, Stephen, John, John], a homemaker and the widow of Paul Aaron Allgood, died March 4, 2012, at The Waters of Martinsville of Martinsville, Morgan County, Ind. A resident of the city, she was a member of Kilowats Square Dancing, and enjoyed her flower gardens and making crafts. Helen was born Sept. 29, 1920, in Brown County, Ind., the daughter of Edgar and Sarah (Ferguson) Parmerlee. Among her survivors are sons Paul II of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., and Rick of Martinsville; daughters Peggy Hanshew, Shirley Downton and Florence Keever, all of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., Barbara Wood and Marjorie Russell, both of Greenwood, Johnson County, Ind., and Bobbi Bennett of Martinsville; 35 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by son Eugene, daughter Wanda Woods; brothers Herbert and Marion Parmerlee; daughters Flossie Wise Burkhart, Florence Chandler and Hazel Gee. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
JERRY MAX PARMLEY 1944-2012
Jerry [Hollis Nunley, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died March 4, 2012, at Woden, Nacogdoches County, Texas, the son of Hollis Nunley and Lillian (Perkins) Parmley. He was born Jan. 27, 1944, at Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas. His wife, Dyan Dale (Pilkington) died in 2010. Graveside her held at Simpson Campground Cemetery at Woden.
YVONNE MARIE (DUPREY) PARMELEE 1920-2012
Yvonne, a homemaker and the wife of Richard Burton [Harold Burton, Burton Munroy, Munroy D., Harvey Harry, Asaph, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] Parmelee, died March 1, 2012, in Winter Haven, Polk County, Fla. She was born March 12, 1920, in Indian Orchard, Hampden County, Mass., to Oscar and Emma (Boulerice) Duprey where she lived until she moved to Florida in 1996. In her earlier years she was a champion roller skater. She was a true artist, whether it was in her sketches, or baking and cake decorating, or playing the organ for family and friends. She also loved crafts, from sewing, crocheting and painting ceramics for her family. After moving to Florida she began growing pineapples from a dozen bushes at her home in Haines, Polk County. Yvonne was a member of the Catholic Church. In addition to her husband, Yvonne is survived by sons Richard of Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla., and Leslie of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla.; daughter Kathleen Stark of Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, N.H.; grandchildren including Justin Parmelee and Heather Parmelee-Granieri; and great-grandchildren including David Burton Parmelee; as well as cats Muffin and Snoopy. A memorial service was conducted at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City.
CYNTHIA KAY PARMLEY 1940-2012
Cynthia [Lewis Newell, Henry Stephen, James Knox Polk, Stephen, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a resident of Dallas, Polk County, Ore., died Feb. 29, 2012, in the Salem Hospital in Salem, Marion County, Ore. She was born Dec. 28, 1949, in Norfolk, (independent city), Va., the daughter of Lewis Newell and Joyce Anne (Bateman) Parmley. She was a 1969 graduate of Oak Harbor High School and was recruited to work for the FBI in Washington to sort fingerprints. She worked for the State of Oregon in the '80s in the mailroom. For 17 years, she worked at Praegitser Industries and Tyco as an electrical tester with computer circuit boards. She held one associate degree and was working on another in business management and accounting from Chemeketa Community College. She enjoyed camping, fishing and trips to the Oregon coast. She could make music out of any instrument she picked up. She volunteered her time at Turner Elementary and with the handicapped swimming at Western Oregon University. Among her survivors are her mother Joyce of Snohomish, Snohomish County, Wash.; significant other Vincent Mayfield of Dallas; foster daughter Christina Patterson; brothers Terry of Everett, Snohomish County, Wash., David of Twisp, Okanogan County, Wash., Robert Parmley of Anacortes, Skagit County, Wash., and John of Snohomish, Snohomish County, Wash. The Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas handled arrangements.
JACK ELDON PARMELEE 1932-2012
Jack [Donald Burroughs, Samuel Benjamin, Eliab Harvey, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], an electrical contractor for over 30 years, died Feb. 20, 2012, of complications of emphysema. He was born Nov. 8, 1932, in San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, Calif., and was a resident of Banning, San Bernardino County, Calif., for 10 years. Jack served in the Army 2nd Division, 82nd AWBN in Korea. He was wounded, and was awarded the Purple Heart and other medals. He was an ardent fisherman, hunter, patriot, and a member of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Beaumont. Among Jack's survivors are his wife of 58 years, Margie; daughters Cyndy Berry of Ventura, Ventura County, Calif., Joy Dahlberg of Calimesa, Riverside County, Calif., Kim Dixon of Banning, and Pam Schafer of San Clemente, Orange County, Calif.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Donald of Palm Springs, Riverside County, Calif; and sister Barbara Stunden of Glendora, Los Angeles County, Calif. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino. Memorial contributions may be made to the Assistance League of San Bernardino, 580 W. 6th St. San Bernardino, CA 92410.
ROGER D. PARMLEY 1956-2012
Roger [Glen Arnold, Miles "Bill" Monroe, Frank "Hence," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Feb. 9, 2012. He was born Dec. 18, 1956, in New Castle, Henry County, Ind., the son of Glen Arnold and Hazel (Edwards) Parmley, and married Pam Barnett on Aug. 4, 1978. In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Matthew, daughter Rachel Dishman, four grandchildren, his mother, brother Keith and sister Nancy Carter. He was preceded in death by his father. The Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Parnell Baptist Church Cemetery in Parnell, Wayne County, Ky.
MARJORIE LEE (DE VOE) PARMELE 1923-2012
Marjorie, wife of Jack Graham [Frederick Albert, James Mabie, Walter, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] Parmele, died Feb. 7, 2012, at Rose Hill, Butler County, Kans. She was born Feb. 26, 1923, in Columbus, Cherokee County, Kans., the daughter of Clyde E. and Marie C. (Childers) De Voe. She and Jack were married in 1941 in Girard, Crawford County, Kans. She worked odd jobs in her younger years, including a stint at J.C. Penney. She lived in Kansas, Texas, Florida, California and Kentucky, and traveled extensively. In addition to Jack, she is survived by sons J. Dennis of War Eagle, Benton County, Ark., and Robert C. of Douglass, Butler County, Kans.; daughter M. LuAnn Baker of Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo.; brother Ned L. DeVoe of Columbus; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brother Robert; and sisters Theda and Sally. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery & Mausoleum in Wichita, Kans.
SANDRA C. (BRIGGS) PARMELEE 1944-2012
Sandra C. (Briggs) Parmelee [unplaced], of Quincy, age 67, died at her home in Quincy, Norfolk County, Mass., surrounded by her family on Feb, 2, 2012. She was born April 15, 1944, in Watertown, Jefferson County, N.Y., and lived in Quincy for more than 25 years. She enjoyed art and drawing, the computer, Foxwoods, and holidays, especially Halloween. Sandra is survived by daughters Mary Evju of Chelsea, Suffolk County, Mass., Sherry Foley of Quincy, Terri Maali of Quincy, Dawn Edge of Louisiana, Tonja Klein of Charlton, Worcester County, Mass., and Gizelle Foster of Everett, Middlesex County, N.Y.; sons Robert Parmelee of Marlboro, Middlesex County, Mass., and Stuart Parmelee of Oregon; brothers Harold Youngs of New York, and Richard Youngs of Florida; 24 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Vern R. Parmelee Jr. The C. C. Shepherd Funeral Home of South Weymouth was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
ALICE J. (PARMELLY) DAVISSON 1927-2012
Alice [Ford John, John Edward, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], an English teacher and guidance counselor, died Jan. 16, 2012, at Haltom City, Tarrant County, Texas. She was born Dec. 11, 1927, in Texas. Alice worked at Arlington, Texas, High School. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Robert Davisson; son Steven Bosworth; grandchild Kyle Bosworth; and brothers Jack and Paul Parmelly. Burial was at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville, Texas.
DORIS (BRECHLIN) PARMELEE 1913-2012
Doris, widow of Edward D. [Frederick Franklin, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John] Parmelee, died Jan. 3, 2012, at The Pines at Bristol, Hartford County, Conn. Born March 5, 1913, in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn., she was the daughter of Charles and Carolyn (Keller) Brechlin. Doris lived in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., most of her life and in Westbrook, Middlesex County, Conn., for 30 years and was a member of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown. Edward died in 1985. Among her survivors are son Peter of Middletown; daughter Lorraine Stankus of Wolcott, New Haven County, Conn.,; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Indian Hill Cemetery in Middletown. Donations may be made in Doris' memory to The Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457. The Doolittle Funeral Home of Middletown was in charge of arrangements.
DOROTHY (YOUNG) PARMELE 1924-2012
Dorothy, widow of Arthur Frederick [Milton, --?--] Parmele, died Jan. 3, 2012, at the Clifton Springs Hospital Nursing Home at Clifton Springs, Ontario County, N.Y. She was born July 13, 1924, in Everett, Middlesex County, Mass., daughter of Archie and Grace (Hanson) Young Sr. She worked as a cadet nurse at the Canandaigua Veterans Administration Hospital where she met Arthur. She was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church and its Rosary and Altar Society, a member of the Clifton Springs Historical Society, and was involved with Cub Scouts and Brownies, the Clifton Springs PTA, the Senior Citizen AARP, and the Sebastian Women's Guild in Florida. Dorothy retired as the nurse administrator of the nursing home and skilled nursing facility at Clifton Springs Hospital. Among her survivors are sons Arthur Jr. of Canandaigua, Canandaigua County, N.Y., and Robert of Clifton Springs; daughters Kathleen Thomas of Webster, Monroe County, N.Y., Patricia Farnsworth of Keystone Heights, Clay County, Fla., and Sharon DeRuyter of Clifton Springs; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and special friend Don Robinson. She was preceded in death by husband Arthur Sr.; son Edward; brothers Albert, Edward and Archie Jr.; sisters Helen and Grace; and grandson Bryce Edward Parmele. Burial was at Clifton Springs' Riverview Cemetery in Clifton Springs. Contributions may be made to the Clifton Springs Nursing Home Activities Dept., 2 Coulter Road, Clifton Springs, N.Y. 14432.
ETHEL MARIE (PARMLEY) YORK 1916-2011
Ethel [Thomas Benton, William Henry, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 30, 2011, at Granby House in Granby, Newton County, Mo., following a lengthy illness. She was born June 23, 1916, in Newton County, the daughter of Benton and Nellie (Henry) Parmley, and was a lifelong area resident and a cosmetologist. She married John York, who preceded her in death in 1975, and is survived by sister Juanita Williams of Newtonia, Newton County, Mo.; brother Thomas "Joe" of Seneca, Newton County, Mo.; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Henry, George, and Johnny; and sisters Ella and Irma. Burial was at Granby's Berwick Cemetery. The Clark Funeral Home Chapel in Granby was in charge of arrangements. Contributions in Ethel's memory may be made to the Ethel York Memorial Fund, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 26, Granby, 64844.
RICHARD DALE PARMLEY 1951-2011
Richard [Narvel, Roscoe Samuel, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 28, 2011. He was born April 6, 1951, the son of Narvel and Thelma (Stephenson) Parmley. He and Sheila M. Crabtree were married and divorced twice. In addition to his mother, he is survived by sons Jason of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., Jonathan of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky.; daughter Jane Sexton of Monticello; eight grandchildren; brother Curtis of Monticello; and sisters Linda Shepperd, Lana Branscum, and Marilyn Muse all of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his father, and brother Jeffrey. Richard loved walking in the woods, squirrel hunting, fishing, drawing and painting, and playing the guitar. One of his favorite magazines was National Geographic and history. Monticello's Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery.
MARY HILDEGARD (GILSEY) PARMLEY 1925-2011
Mary, a longtime resident of Newcastle, Lincoln County, Maine, and the widow of Ralph Doggett [Tim Hennessey, Samuel Mitchison, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmley, died Dec. 23, 2011. She was born Feb. 23, 1925, in New York City, the daughter of Gardner and Hilda Gilsey. Until the age of 5, she and her parents lived in a Greenwich Village brownstone. When the Great Depression hit, the family moved to Hampton Bay, Suffolk County, N.Y., where they had a salt water farm at the tip of the peninsula that the native Shinnecock Indians called "Good Ground." Mary spent endless summer days on the beaches of Long Island, or out with her father collecting clams (cherrystone, quahogs and steamers). She also enjoyed fishing regularly. As a result, Mary acquired a deep respect for the world around her, the mountains, forests, shorelines and the seas. Her love for animals was profound. She and Ralph were married in Paris on Nov. 16, 1947. He had been employed by Pan American Airlines as the head supervising engineer to build airports in Africa during World War II. After the war they lived in Ireland, and then eventually retruned to the U.S., to Mendham, Morris County, N.J. There, Mary taught athletics at the Country Day School for 20 years. Then, in the late 1960s, they became tired of the urban sprawl and deciding to move to Newcastle on the Damariscotta River. She took courses on aquaculture at the University of Maine's Darling Center in Walpole, and helped establish the first Damariscotta aquaculture business. She was also later a founding member of the Damariscotta River Assn., was instrumental in creating the Lincoln County group home, She served as Newcastle selectman, and was also on the board of the Watershed Ceramics Center for the Arts. Sometimes known as "Crazy Oyster Mary" she will be remembered for her philanthropic works. She is survived by sons, Rodney, Randy and Robin, as well as many grand- and great-grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Friends and family had a memorial gathering in her honor Feb. 26 at the former Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta.
PHYLLIS A. (PARMELEE) CRAMER 1937-2011
Phyllis [Loman George, Gardiner Henry, Zeno "Philander," Zeno, Gardner, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 20, 2011, in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Mass. Born Nov. 22, 1937, in Barberton, Summit County Ohio, Phyllis was a daughter of Loman and Ann (Vodlick) Parmelee. Her mother later remarried and she was raised by her stepfather, James Lane. She was graduated from Barberton High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Kent State University. She and Richard E. Cramer were married June 7, 1959. Shortly thereafter he was drafted to the Army and served overseas in Germany until 1963. They settled in Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga County, Ohio until moving to Endicott, Broome County, N.Y., in 1982 and four years later to Shrewsbury. Mindful of her roots, loyalty and love of Ohio, she also loved living in New England. While in Ohio, she taught sixth grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Upon moving to Shrewsbury she tutored teens at the Oxford House for many years. She was a talented knitter, quilter and did needlepoint. She was also a collector of numerous Cat's Meow Collectibles, which included wooden replicas of many of her favorite places. She also took great pride in having established and operated an online support groups for folks battling anxiety and depression. Among her survivors are daughters Cindy A. Cramer and Karen L. Mancini, both of Shrewsbury; brothers Larry of Akron, Summit County, Ohio, and James II of Barberton; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Richard. Burial was at Shrewsbury's Mountain View Cemetery. The Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors of Shrewsbury Center was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford House, in c/o YOU Inc., 81 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01604.
RUTH N. (BATES) PARMLEY 1919-2011
Ruth, a longtime resident of Genoa, Cayuga County, N.Y., and widow of Elwood E. [unplaced] died Dec. 18, 2011. Ruth was born in Candor, Tioga County, N.Y., on Feb. 22, 1919, daughter of Nicholas and Blanche (Lovejoy) Bates. Her family moved to Genoa when Ruth was 11. She and Elwood were married 1939; he died in 2005. After working for a number of years at Smith Corona, Ruth became one of the first youth counselors at the Lansing Girls School. She enjoyed working with the residents and retired from there with many fond memories and stories that she loved to share about "her girls." Ruth was also a member of Scipio Baptist Church. Among her survivors are son Fay Parmley, daughter Joyce Chamberlain, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ruth was also predeceased by grandson Fay "Petey" Parmley Jr; son-in-law W. Eugene Chamberlain; and daughter-in-law Cheryl (Redder) Parmley. A private graveside service was held at East Venice Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Scipio Baptist Church, P.O. Box 10, Union Springs, NY 13160 or the Genoa Fire Department, 10015 Route 90, Genoa, NY 13071.
HUNTER ALLISON PARMALEE 1995-2011
Hunter [Craig Patrick, Darwin Allison, Frederick Allison, Frank O., Chester Alanson, Jason, Luther, Ozias, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a student at Journey High School in Scottville, Mason County, Mich., died Dec. 11, 2011, the day after the speeding vehicle in which he was riding went off of the road and hit ran several trees. Hunter had turned 16 on the day of the accident. He was born Dec. 10, 1995, in Muskegon, Muskegon County, Mich., to Craig Patrick Parmalee and Tanya Rader. Hunter liked to hunt, fish, ride quads, attend mud runs, and work on cars. His survivors include his parents, Craig of Rothbury, Oceana County, Mich., and Tanya of Custer, Mason County, Mich.; brothers Aaron and Austin both of Custer; maternal grandparents Dorothy and Robert Battice of Custer, and Donna Rader of Branch; paternal grandparents Darwin Parmalee of Florida and Jeanine Cover of Shelby, Oceana County, Mich.; great-grandmother Vivian Parmalee of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich.; various aunts, uncles, and cousins. Hunter was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Rader. Services were held be held at the Mason County Reformed Church in Scottville. The Stephens Funeral Home of Scottville was in charge of arrangements.
LARRY PARMLEY 1943-2011
Larry [Oliver, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 4, 2011. He was born March 10, 1943, son of Oliver and Lyda (Stringer) Parmley. Among his survivors are brothers Jerry, Rook, Mark and Dale; sisters, Charlotte Crouch, Janet Bates, and Niokie Parmley. He was preceded in death by brothers Rex and Eric; and nephews Brandon Parmley and James Parmley. The Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home of Monticello, Ky., was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at the Methodist Church Cemetery in Parnell, Wayne County, Ky.
MILDRED L. (DUDLEY) PARMLEY BALL 1917-2011
Mildred [unplaced], a teacher and secretary, died Dec. 1, 2011, at the Warrensburg Manor Care Center, Johnson County, Mo. She was born June 3, 1917, in Centerview, Johnson County, Mo., the daughter of Val C. and Cora E. (Thomason) Dudley. She and William K. Parmley were married Jan. 17, 1942, After his death, she married Ralph Ball on March 25, 1989; he died July 11, 1999. Mildred, a 1934 graduate of Centerview High School, received a Bachelor's Degree in Education as well as her Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Central Missouri State University. She taught for three years at Country School and then taught third and fifth grades at Centerview Elementary for the next 22 years. In business, she was secretary for Parmley Truck Line for 10 years. She also owned and operated the Plaza Bowl in Warrensburg for 26 years. She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Warrensburg. Mildred is survived by grandsons Tom and Terry Shaw, both of Centerview; granddaughter Barbara Stegner of Centerview; stepdaughters Nancy Day of Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo., and Betty Prouty of Springfield, Greene County, Mo.; 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by sons William Roger Parmley and Gary C. Parmley; daughter Elizabeth Sharon Shaw; and brothers Richard and Jim Dudley. Burial was at Warrensburg's Sunset Hill Cemetery. The Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Johnson County Hospice and can be left at the funeral home.
THE REV. PAUL S. WILCOX 1948-2011
Paul, husband of Joy Walton Parmelee [Harold Leslie, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John] died Nov. 9, 2011, at his home in New Cumberland, Cumberland County, Pa. He was born in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N.Y., on March 19, 1948, son of R. Leslie Wilcox and Dorothy (Stanley) Wilcox. He grew up in Frewsburg, Chautauqua County, N.Y., and served as a United Methodist pastor since 1969. In August of that year, Paul and Joy were wed. Paul enjoyed hiking (having hiked more than 3,500 miles), fishing and bird-watching, and led backpacking camps for youth and adults. He also loved Alaska, and directed work teams of volunteers to build or renovate churches and homes in some of the state's most remote villages. An avid reader, Paul was known for working through several books at the same time. In addition to his widow and his mother, he is survived by son Daniel of Unalaska, Alaska; daughters Amy Perez of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., Rebekah Wilcox of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa.; six grandchildren; sister Linda Wilcox of Frewsburg, N.Y.; sister-in-law Patti (Parmelee) Thompson; and mother-in-law, Ella (Walton) Parmelee of Maple Shade, Burlington County, N.J. He was preceded in death by his father and his brother-in-law, Harold ''Tad'' Parmelee. Burial was at Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Church in Goldsboro (post office is Etters). Memorial contributions may be made to the Rev. Dr. Paul S. Wilcox Memorial Scholarship, payable to Fishing Creek-Salem United Methodist Church, 402 Valley Road, Etters, PA 17319.
THE REV. ROBERT NORMAN PARMLEY 1939-2011
Pastor Bob [Chester Wilfred, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, William Cockfield, Solomon, Mark, Mark, Job, John, John; and also Chester Wilfred, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, Elisa Ann, Reuben, Levi, Mark, Job, John, John] died Nov. 7, 2011, at his home in Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C., after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 27, 1939, in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn., to the Rev. Chester Wilford and Sarah (Wilcox) Parmley. He was graduated from Christian High School (currently Lexington Christian Academy) and attended Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Berkshire County, Mass., where he received a bachelor's degree in ministry. After working with the Chinese Christian Church in Boston during college, he began his ministry in Lenoir in 1961, as associate pastor and music and youth director at the First Advent Christian Church. In 1966, Bob formed Lenoir Community Church as an interdenominational ministry, where he ministered until his death. He also founded and directed the Southernaires Gospel Choir, formed Camp Miracle, a summer youth camp, and was founder of Lenoir Christian Academy. He was also instrumental in the direction of "The Witness," an Easter passion drama which has been presented for the past 32 consecutive years. He also had numerous opportunities to preach and sing both nationally and internationally, and, as an accomplished musician, produced numerous recordings. Among his survivors are nephews Jimmy Parmley of Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada, Gary Parmley of South Berwick, York County, Maine, Larry Parmley of Eliot, York County, Maine, Gil Parmley of Douglas, Worchester County, Mass., and Paul Nygard of Southington, Hartford County, Conn.; nieces Jody Dahlen of Eliot, and Sharon Hudson of Southington; and "son" Tim Hawkins and wife Shannon and their children, Gabriella, Simon, Nicholas and Isabella. He was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley, and a sister, Grace Nygard. One service was held at his church, and another will be held in the New England area at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 1002 Lower Creek Drive, Lenoir, NC 28645. The Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory handled arrangements.
GEORGE ELDEN PARMELEE 1951-2011
George [Luke Wheelock, George Everett, Luke Wheelock, Daniel Everett, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] died at his home in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., on Nov. 5, 2011. He was born Jan. 8, 1951, in Lincoln, Addison County, Vt., the son of Luke Wheelock and Evelyn M. Parmelee. His survivors include his soul mate Karen Rome, daughters Jaime and Jennifer, and sister Marilyn Parmelee. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Hawks Parmelee. His family and friends celebrate his life at The Chart House in Weehawken, N.J.
KENNETH BRUCE PARMELEE 1948-2011
Kenny [Louis Ray, Louis "Ray" Ray, George Washington, Moses Edwards, Moses, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John] died of cancer Oct. 30, 2011, in his home in Niles, Berrian County, Mich. With him was his wife, Diane (Dudek) Parmelee, and his animal friend, Alex. Kenny was born May 17, 1948, in Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Ind., a son of Louis Ray Parmelee Jr. and Mae Ernestine (Jennings) Parmelee. One of eight children, his surviving siblings are sisters Barbara Snyder of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., Beverly Harris of Emory, Rains County, Texas; and brothers Louis III of Tippecanoe, Marshall County, Ind., David, Dennis, and Phillip, all of South Bend. Childhood memories are of Kenny's comedic ways, his love of music, motorcycles and cars, and his early compassion for animals and the suffering of others. Kenny attended Washington High School in South Bend and was employed by Hover Trucking. Kenny and Diane were married June 25, 1988. Kenny accepted early retirement in 1989. He loved gardening and Biblical study. Preceded in death by his father, and oldest brother Thomas, Kenny is also survived by sons Troy of New Carlisle, St. Joseph County, Ind., Travis of Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., and Daniel of Niles; and granddaughters Brooke and Bria Rose Parmelee of South Bend. Burial was at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger. The Kaniewski Funeral Home of South Bend was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Home, 4017 Chamberlain Road, Buchanan, MI 49107.
HELEN VIRGINIA (PARMELEE) BROOKS SANDERSON 1933-2011
Helen [Meredith B., Eugene/Elmer Clyde, Byron F., Lemuel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Oct. 28, 2011, of a bone infection at Emeritus Silverdale Memory Care Facility, at Silverdale, Kitsap County, Wash. The daughter of Meredith B. and Margaret (Robertson) Parmelee, she was born Feb. 12, 1933, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Her first husband was Nick Brooks, whom she married in 1953, and her second was Hollis "Sandy" Sanderson, whom she married in 1976. She was actively involved in Cub Scouts, Bluebirds, being a room mother, and the PTA. She loved to bowl and was a scorekeeper when her children bowled in their Junior leagues. Helen worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard from 1971 to 1993. Widowed in 2005, she moved the following year to Silverdale where she was a member at Silverdale Baptist Church. Helen is survived by sons Bob and Bill Brooks; daughters Barbara Doty and Becky Mesa; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; three stepdaughters; and many step-grand and step-great-grandchildren. A gathering to celebrate her life was held in Suisun City, Solano County, Calif. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Western & Central Washington State Chapter, 100 W. Harrison St., North Tower, Seattle, WA 98119.
ELLEN SALLY (PRICE) PARMLEY 1933-2011
Ellen, a retired financial employee and widow of Thomas [unplaced], died Oct. 17, 2011. She was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, to Milan and Eva (Derikrava) Price. She was a graduate of Jordan High School and worked at First Federal Savings and American Express, where she retired. She resided at the Rocky Mountain Care Center. She is survived by son Michael Robert Parmley; grandsons Austin Michael Parmley and Dylan Chandler Parmley; brothers Don and Mitchell Price; sisters Ann Theos and Amelia Price; and her dog, Chewy. She was preceded in death by brothers George, Proko and Robert Price; and sisters Soka Bozanic, Mary Price, Mamie Church, Dorothy Drekulich, Ruby McCardell and Rose Barrington. At her request there were no services.
SHELDON PERRY PARMELEE 1932-2011
Sheldon [Hoyt Perry, Hoyt Perry, Horatio "Harvey" Plum, Linus Smith, Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], an Army veteran and Civil Service worker, died Oct. 14, 2011. He was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Hoyt Perry and Vivien Elizabeth (Shutt) Parmelee. Among his survivors are widow Blanca; sons Guillermo Jr., David, Jesse, and Craig Morales; daughter Sylvia Morales; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass was said at St. Raphael Catholic Church. Burial was at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. The Sunset Funeral Home-East was in charge of arrangements.
MARY JANE (PARMLEY) WILDER KINNER 1955-2011
Mary died Oct. 12, 2011, at her home in a Mowrystown, Highland County, Ohio. She was born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, on Dec. 23, 1955, the daughter of Randolph Hay [Randolph Hay, Roland Duvall, Miles, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and Zella (Kirk) Parmley. Among her survivors are sons Josh Wilder of Sardinia, Brown and Highland counties, Ohio, and Jeremy Wilder of Milford, Clermont and Hamilton counties, Ohio; daughter Tina Yonker of Blanchester, Clinton and Warren counties, Ohio.; brothers Randy Parmley of Batavia, Clermont County, Ohio, and Allan Parmley of Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio; sisters Anna Fantetti of Mowrystown, Donna Riehle of Newtonsville, Clermont County, Ohio, and Evelyn Sturgeon of Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Peebles, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements. Burial followed in Locust Grove Cemetery near Peebles.
JANE M. (RUNK) PARMELEE 1930-2011
Jane, the widow of David L. [Charles "Allen" Allyn, Charles A., James, James (?), James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] died Oct. 7, 2011, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. She was born Nov. 21, 1930, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., the daughter of Russell and Helen Runk. She graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., and attended UCLA where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She worked as a legal secretary and real estate agent. She volunteered with the Mary Duke Guild and enjoyed reading, traveling with her friends and beating them at cards. She is survived by sons Larry of Los Angeles and John of Seattle, King County, Wash.; daughter Meredith of Los Angeles; and seven grandchildren. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.
JOANN RUTH (POWERS) WALTERS 1928-2011
Joann, an educator and the first kindergarten teacher for the New London (Ohio) Local School District, died Oct. 3, 2011, in a Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, nursing home. She had been in declining health for several years. She was born March 30, 1928, at Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio the daughter of Fred. S. and Anna Mary (Souders) Powers, and grew up in Columbus, graduating from West High School in 1945. She met her first husband, James F. Walters [Frances "Fanny" Pearl, Frank Hart, Luther Hart, Elisha, Theodore, Abraham, Abraham, Isaac, John, John], while they were attending Bowling Green State University and were wed in 1949. They moved to his home town of New London and taught across the hall from one another at North Fairfield elementary school. While she spent several years away from the classroom raising her children, she ran a private kindergarten in her home. When the district created its first K class in 1963, it had no room, so Joann taught morning and afternoon sessions in the Sunday school classrooms of the United Methodist Church. Among her students was daughter Jane who was admonished by one of her classmates: The teacher is Mrs. Walters, not Mommy! In between cross-country summer family camping excursions, Jim and Joann earned masters degrees at Western Michigan University. In 1969, the family moved to Greenwich, Huron County, Ohio, where he became principal at South Central High School and she was hired by Willard Area Schools, first as a teacher at Richmond Elementary and then as an administrator. After Jims death in 1973, she was employed as an administrator with the Richland County Department of Education. Joann married a fellow educator, Harold R. Hayden, in 1975, and the two lived briefly in Columbus before retiring to Florida, where they resided in Venice, Sarasota and Punta Gorda, and she wrote federal grant applications for Charlotte County. After their divorce, she lived in Goose Creek, Berkeley County, S.C., for several years, and had a brief marriage to Charles Oswald. Following that divorce, she lived with her daughters family in Mulberry, Polk County, Fla., and then moved to Columbus when her health began to deteriorate. She is survived by sons Jim F. Walters, the host of this website, of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif., and Joel D. Walters of Columbus; brother James A. (and Pat) Powers of Hendersonville, Henderson County, N.C.; son-in-law Michael Shaffer; and grandchildren Anna and Payden Shaffer. In addition to her first two husbands, she was preceded in death by daughter Jane A. Shaffer. Burial was at New London's Grove Street Cemetery. The Eastman Funeral Home in New London was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice.
JOSEPH PAUL PARMELEE 1929-2011
Joe [Frederick James, William Harry, Harry William, -- ? --], a resident of Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., and a retired employee of Mapes Moving and Storage, died Sept. 18, 2011. The son of Frederick and Ruth (Crandall) Parmelee, he was born April 17, 1929. Joe worked for several moving companies and was an avid bowler. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janette; daughters Loretta Jones, Doreen Smolinsky, Joanne Tofte, and Andrea Harris; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers James, Louie and Donald Parmelee; sisters Marge Cornell, Pearl Campbell, Marguerite Fredricks, Beatrice Laudovici, and Dawn Gilmore; and his faithful dog, Buddy. He was predeceased by sister Ruth Ruland; and brothers Fred, Harry, and George Parmelee. One of the highlight of his last few years was walking every morning to Chris' Diner. When Joe could no longer make the walk, several friends would pick him up so he could have his pancakes and sausage, and share time with them. Burial was at Binghamton's Spring Forest Cemetery. The William R. Chase & Son Funeral Home of Port Dickinson was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made in Joe's memory to The Humane Society, 2 Jackson St., Binghamton, NY 13903.
ELSIE MAE (STORMONT) PARMELEE LOWMAN 1922-2011
Elsie died Sept. 18, 2011. She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Bakersfield, Kern County, Calif., the oldest of Walter and Elsie Stormont's 12 children. Elsie and her high school sweetheart William George [unplaced] Parmelee were wed in 1941. After serving in the military during World War II as a boiler maker, he returned home and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, and then Arco Oil until he retired. After his death in 1980, she met National Geographic photographer Hubert Lowman at church in Arroyo Grande, San Louis Obispo County, Calif., and they were married in 1992. After his death in 2006, she lived in her home at the Grandmothers Park in Arroyo Grande, then returned to Bakersfield in 2009 and enjoyed life at Carriage House Estates and then Glenwood Gardens. Elsie worked at Kress' Five & Dime, and many years as the seamstress for Elyse Dress Shop and Judds Specialty Shop. She enjoyed singing, and belonged to various clubs and organizations including Native Daughters of the Golden West, Grandmothers Clubs in Bakersfield and Arroyo Grande and Goldenaires. She visited England, Ireland, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia and much of the United States. She was preceded in death by her husbands; brothers Jim, Sam, Gilbert, Ted and Dick Stormont; son Billy Parmelee; and granddaughter Kimmie Parmelee. Among her survivors are sons Bob, Dick and John; daughter Teresa; grandchildren Christopher, Robyn and Cole Parmelee; brother, John Stormont; sisters Esther Chapman, Joy Bircher, Jean Towne, Lydia Belle Carl, and Barbara Jane Lewis; and many nieces and nephews. Burial was at Bakersfield's Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary.
NATALIE 'NAT' (MERRILL) PARMLEY 1929-2011
Nat, widow of Stanley H. [Chester Wilford, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, William Cockfield, Solomon, Mark, Mark, Job, John, John], died Aug. 22, 2011, at her home, 6 Parmley Lane, in Eliot, York County, Maine. Born in Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine, on Jan. 16, 1929, she was the daughter of Elmer and Sadie (Milliken) Merrill. She grew up in Berwick, York County, Maine, raised by her mother and husband Fred Corliss. She was a 1946 graduate of Portsmouth High School. Among her survivors are daughter Jody Dahlen; sons James, Gary, Larry, the Rev. Gil, and Walter Willert; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister Verna Burbank. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, in 2005; brother Lyman; sister Rosalie Rowan; and daughter-in-law Yvonne Parmley. Nat's greatest love was her family, being home each day for her children, and being a part of her grand- and great-grandchildren's lives. She was a member of the Portsmouth Advent Christian Church, where her funeral was held, and most recently the South Eliot Advent Christian Church. The J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home of Kittery, York County, Maine. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association.
ARLO L. PARMLY 1935-2011
Arlo [unplaced], a resident of Viroqua, Vernon County, Wisc., died July 18, 2011, at Vernon Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born in Ferryville, Crawford County, Wisc., on Jan. 24, 1935, to Leon and Bessie Parmly. Arlo joined the Air Force in February 1954, and was married to Janice Getter on Dec. 26, 1954, at the Viroqua Church of Christ. While in the service they lived in Biloxi, Harrison County, Miss., Great Falls, Cascade County, Mont., and RAF Mildenhall base in Suffolk, England. He was a member of the Bozeman Chord Rustlers Barbershop Chorus and Charlie McGuire & Co. Quartet. Arlo was also an elder in the Church of Christ and a member of New Life Community Church He is survived by his wife; daughters Pamela Flink of Kalispell, Flathead County, Mont., and Paula Dickinson of the independent city of Bristol, Va.; sons Perry of Rome, Oneida County, N.Y., Preston of Fulton, Whiteside County, Ill., and Phillip of Yokota Air Base in Japan; brothers Bob Womack of Rialto, San Bernardino County, and Bud Whitney of Viroqua; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister Clarice Brown; and a grandson.
ROBERT LEE PARMELEE 1919-2011
Bob [Arthur Hugh, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a real estate agent and salesman, died July 14, 2011, at the Osburn Living Center in Miami, Ottawa County, Okla. His hobbies were reading his Bibles and books; he loved horses, cats and dogs. He was born Jan. 2 1919, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., the son of Arthur and Edna Parmelee. Bob was the valedictorian of his class at Capitol Hill School in Oklahoma City and attained the rank of second lieutenant in the Army in World War II. He and Ada Louise Carter were married in 1944, and lived in Oklahoma City during the '50s where he was a broker and sales associate for Parmelee Real Estate; Ada also was a sales associate. In the '60s they moved to Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., and he was a salesman for the Independent Fruit Co. In the '70s Bob worked for Piggly Wiggly and Humpty Dumpty grocery stores, retiring in 1985. Ada died in 1989, and by August 2006, Bob was homeless, sleeping in the back of his Chevrolet station wagon on a lot in southwest Muskogee. His companions were his horse, Stormy, and 18 cats that depended on him for food. His plight touched the hearts of many in town: He was the subject of Sunday school lessons and sermons throughout town the morning his story was told in the local newspaper. By the end of the day, many people had come by to check on the man and his horse. They offered food and water and to clean the shed where Stormy stayed. By early in the week, people had found him a place to stay. Bob was a lifetime member of the Seventh-Day Adventist faith. He was survived by daughter Sharon Taff of Bluejacket, Craig County, Okla.; grandchildren Gregory Taff, Tyler Taff, Tiffanie Taff Davis, Adrianne Taff Tierney, Dr. John Parmelee Jr., Michelle Parmelee, Tina Parmelee Maynard; many great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. In addition to Ada, he was preceded in death by sons Robert and John; sisters Arta Stone, Margaret Chapshaw, June Moore, Christine Shannanhouse; and brother Billy Gene Parmelee.
WAYNE W. PARMALEE 1940-2011
Wayne [Milton Louis, Arthur L., Hezekiah, John Orcutt, Hezekiah, Simeon, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], a resident of Portage, Columbia County, Wisc., died July 12, 2011, at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisc. He was born Nov. 9, 1940, in Portage, the son of Milton and Janet (Riemer) Parmalee. He and Mary Zieroth were married Feb. 14, 1982, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Portage. He worked for Zinke Dray Lines, Country Plumber, Portage Furniture and most recently as a crossing guard for the Portage School District. He served his country with the U.S. Navy. Wayne enjoyed reading (especially Louis L'Amour books), his cats and supported the Columbia County Humane Society. Wayne liked camping and attending the Demo Derby at the fair. Among his survivors are his wife; his children, Harold Cook of Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, Wisc., Debora Putnam of Reedsburg, Sauk County, Wisc., and Hiram "Buddy" Hernstine of Portage; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister Barb Taylor of Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wisc. Burial was at Silver Lake Cemetery. The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage was in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established in Wayne's name.
BRIAN CRAIG PARMERLEE 1960-2011
Brian [Richard Howard, Vernon B., --?--, Stephen, John, John], an outdoorsman and tarp manufacturer, died July 9, 2011, at his home in Martinsville, Ind. He was born Oct. 25, 1960, in Martinsville, to the late Richard Howard Parmerlee and Margretha L. (Sandusky) Parmerlee Tuttle. Brian worked for Gosport Manufacturing where he made tarps. He was a 1978 graduate of Martinsville High School and enjoyed fishing, ginseng and mushroom hunting. Among his survivors are his mother; stepfather Wendell Tuttle of Westmoreland, Sumner County, Tenn.; son Brian Jr.; daughter Katherine Elizabeth Amelia Parmerlee of Spencer, Owen County, Ind.; brother Richard Jr. of Ellettsville, Monroe County, Ind.; sisters Vicki Briant of Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., and Regina Treece of Martinsville, Morgan County, Ind.; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew. Burial was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Monrovia, Morgan County, Ind. Neal & Summers Funeral & Cremation Center of Martinsville was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family was seeking contributions to help defray funeral expenses.
TONYA PARMLEY 1976-2011
Tonya [unplaced], a lifelong resident of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., died June 22, 2011, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. She was born June 1, 1976, in Monticello, the daughter of Jackie and Bonnie (Hunley) Davis, and was married to Michael Parmley, who survives her. She is also survived by daughter Taylor Davis of Monticello; sisters Tabitha Blevins and Crystal Ridge, both of Monticello, and Heather Stogsdill of London, Laurel County, Ky.; and nieces and nephews. Burial was at Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. The Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
BONNIE (INGRAM) PARMLEY ca1943-2011
Bonnie, wife of Brownlow "Brownie" Eugene [Thaddeus "Gene" Eugene, Thaddeus "Thad," William Harrison, Robert, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died June 14, 2011, at Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria. Rapides Parish, La. She was 72. Bonnie was the daughter of James Irvin and Johnnie Marie (Bearden) Ingram. In addition to her husband of 52 years, Bonnie is survived by sons Eric of DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, La., and Brian of Alexandria; sisters Johnnie Thompson of Arkadelphia, Clark County, Ark., and Martha Fielle of Marshall, Harrison County, Texas; grandson Brad Parmley of DeRidder; and great-grandchildren Michael and Annabelle Parmley.
LEONARD DELL PARMLEY 1943-2011
Leonard [unplaced], a retired tower manager at Louis Armstrong International Airport, died June 9, 2011, at this home in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, La. He was born April 4, 1943, in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., son of George and Irene (Drude) Parmley. Among his survivors are his wife of 45 years, Peggy (Smoot); sons Philp and Michael; daughters Sandra Neuman and Sarah Parmley; seven grandchildren; and brother George. He was preceded in death by brothers Bobby, Ralph and David. Burial will be in Holly Gardens Cemetery in Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, La. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. The Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond was in charge of arrangements.
ALEXIA LYNAE PARMELE 2005-2011
Alexcia [Alicia Ann, Ronald Charles, Charles Sergeant, Harry Dillon, Henry William, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], a preschooler who enjoyed hair bows, makeup, and just being a beautiful little girl, died May 30, 2011, at Covenant Health Care in Midland, Midland County, Mich., after traffic accident. Michigan State Police said the car in which she was riding didnt stop for backed-up traffic on eastbound U.S. 10 near Mackinaw Road in Monitor Township, struck another vehicle and went across the median near Mackinaw Road. She was born Oct. 17, 2005, in Midland, the daughter of Alicia Ann Parmele. She loved to sing, dance, and attended Stepping Stones Day Care and Preschool. In addition to her mother, she is survived by sister Aleiyia, grandfather Ronald Parmele of Midland; aunts and uncles, Melissa Hancock, and Christopher, Matthew, Jordan, Jalen, Emanuel, Darian, James and Joshua Parmele. She was preceded in death two day earlier by grandmother Catherine Parmele. The Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CATHERINE MARGUERITE (ANDERSON) PARMELE 1944-2011
Catherine, wife of Ronald Charles [Charles Sergeant, Harry Dillon, Henry William, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] Parmele, died May 28, 2011, at the MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland, Midland County, Mich., after a battle with cancer and many years of diabetes-related illnesses. Catherine devoted her life to her 10 children, enjoyed the beauty of her tropical birds, and worked in the rescue of dogs. She was born Dec. 28, 1944, in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, the daughter of Conrad A. and Marguerite (Olson) Anderson. Catherine attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and graduated with a bachelors degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She taught elementary education in Iowa until she and Ronald were married July 14, 1972, in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Melissa Hancock, and Christopher, Matthew, Alicia, Jordan, Jalen, Emanuel, Darian, James and Joshua Parmele; and 11 grandchildren. The Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Great Lakes Mastif Rescue, c/o Jan Corlew: Boulder Ridge Farm, 6330 Greenwood Road, Gladwin, MI 48624-9132.
ROBERT ALLARD PARMELEE ca1933-2011
Robert [unplaced] died May 19, 2011, at his home in Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., surrounded by his family. He was 78. Born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., the son of William and Rose Parmelee, Robert lived in Wallingford, New Haven County, Conn., before moving to Elizabeth in 1968. He was an airman first class in the Air Force during the Korean War. Robert was a graduate of Norte Dame High School in West Haven, New Haven County, Conn., and attended the University of Connecticut in Waterbury. Robert was the East Coast regional director for American Refractories and Crucible Corp. of North Haven, New Haven County, Conn., before his retirement in 1996. He was a parishioner of St. Genevieve's Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth, a member of St. Vincent DePaul Church in Dingman's Ferry, Pa., and a member of the American Foundrymen's Assn. Among his survivors are his wife of 54 years, Muriel; sons Patrick, Michael, Kevin and David; daughters Maryann Parmelee, Kathleen Falk and Maureen Caplette; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by son John. Burial was at Newark's Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home of Westfield, N.J., was in charge of arrangements. Donations in his memory may be made to the Valerie Fund of Maplewood, N.J., St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or a charity of your choice.
CAROL 'KALO' (WILCOX) CARDOZO PARMELEE 1929-2011
Kalo, widow of Edward "Ted" Tryon [Allan Edward, Edward Kibbe, Calvin Zina, Zina, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired psychologist and former fashion editor of the Miami Herald, died May 17, 2011. She and Ted lived in Sarasota, Sarasota County, Fla., and had a summer home in Rockland, Knox County, Maine. She was born March 24, 1929, in Horicon, Dodge County, Wisc., the daughter of Russell and Alice Wilcox; she was nicknamed Kalo by her older sister. In 1941 the family moved to Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisc., where she attended Milwaukee Downer School. She graduated as president of the 1950 senior class from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in literature. Kalo worked as a sales manager at Bloomingdales in New York City before settling Florida where she took a job with the Miami newspaper. She married Mosby Gooding Cardozo in 1956 and had three children. After her 1963 divorce, Kalo raised her children, and earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Miami. She became an associate professor, president of the Florida Psychological Assn., and maintained a private practice in Miami. She and Edward were married in 1984. Among Kalo's survivors are son Russell Cardozo of Columbia, Howard County, Md.; daughter Cary Paul of Boulder, Boulder County, Colo.; stepchildren Scott Parmelee, Ellen Emerson and Lynne Warns; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands; son Alexsei Cardozo; and sister Patricia Wilcox. Burial was at Horicon's Oakhill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Smith College Alumni Fund or Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota. Wiegand Brothers of Sarasota was in charge of arrangements.
HILLIS 'CLIFF' C. PARMELEE 1930-2011
Cliff [Hillis C., Watson B., Charles W., Timothy Enoch, Jeremiah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a longtime educator and musician, died May 12, 2011, at his home in Meridian, Ada County, Idaho. Cliff was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Denver, Denver County, Colo. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-54 at Williams AFB in Chandler, Maricopa County, Ariz. He and Aurora Flores were married Aug. 18, 1951, in Chandler. He graduated in 1957 from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts, and earned a Masters of Arts in Music Education the following year. Cliff taught in the Arizona public school system for two years, and then spent 28 years as an educator in the Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo., public school system. He was a member of the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra for nearly 20 years--he played several instruments including the piano and violin--and enjoyed fly-fishing, camping, archery, dancing, bowling and traveling. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Nativity in Meridian and the Meridian Senior Center. Among his survivors are wife Roe; sons Robert of Pasco, Franklin County, Wash., Richard of Meridian, Thomas of Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Ariz., Rudolph "Rudy" of Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, N.M.; daughters Linda Winston of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo., Becky Garner of Fountain, El Paso County, Colo., and Kathy Henry of Meridian; brothers Lloyd of Genoa, Lincoln County, Colo., and Gary of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo.; sister Roberta Guinn of Denver; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Accent Funeral Home of Meridian was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Meridian Senior Center, 133 W. Broadway Ave., Meridian, ID 83642.
TERRY LYNN PARMELEE 1957-2011
Terry [Howard H., Charles, --?--, Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] a certified heavy equipment mechanic, died April 28, 2011, at his home in LeRoy, Osceola County, Mich., just six weeks after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Terry was born Aug. 21, 1957 in Reed City, Osceola County, Mich., and moved to LeRoy and attended Pine River schools. He and Catherine Jean Waddell of LeRoy were married May 23, 1981, at LeRoy. He worked for the Hydaker-Wheatlake Co. for more than 20 years, until the month before his death. Terry's interests were working, and riding his Harley. His survivors include his wife; daughters Tricia of Paris, Mecosta County, Mich., and Amy of Reed City; two grandchildren; his mother, Orma, of LeRoy; brother Andy of Greenville, Montcalm County, Mich.; and sister Julie of Chapel Hill, Orange County, N.C. He was preceded in death by his father, Arlon; and brother Jeff. The Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Ashton Cemetery in Ashton, Osceola County, Mich.
QUENTIN WILLIAM PARMLEY-RUTLEDGE 1993-2011
Quentin [Christopher, William "Robert" Robert, William Robert, --?--], a senior at Mount Vernon, Ind., High School, died April 24, 2011. He was born Feb. 13, 1993, the son of Christopher and Amy (Rogers) Parmley. He enjoyed music and had a passion for songwriting and playing the guitar. His summers were spent at Holiday Hills on Lake Barkley with his friends and family. He especially enjoyed playing basketball and attending sporting events. In addition to his parents, he is survived by stepfather Joe Rutledge; brother Zach; sisters Haley Jo and Andrea; grandparents William Rogers and Joyce Ungetheim, Glenda and David Houchins, Jerry and Susan Rutledge, Marjorie Parmley, Geraldine Rogers and Sue Thompson. He was preceded in death by grandfathers Robert Parmley, Gene Rogers and Floyd Hendricks. Services were held at First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Posey County, Ind.
CHARLES A. PARMLEY 1929-2011
Charles [William Alvis (?), William Irvin, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], co-founder of House of Hope Recovery Center in Grove, Delaware County, Okla., died April 21, 2011. He was born April 8, 1929, in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., to William and Mary Agnes (O'Dell) Parmley and was a 1946 graduate of Tulsa Webster High School. Soon after, Charlie joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany at the end of World War II. After leaving the military, he went to work for the Spartan School of Aeronautics, first as an instructor and later as director of student admissions. He and Barbara Herod were married Dec. 18, 1965, in Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Ark., and they moved to Maysville, Benton County, Ark., to farm and raise a family. Charlie loved to spend most of his time outdoors and one of his favorite hobbies was cutting wood. Charlie, a co-founder of the House of Hope, was a 41-year friend of Bill W. [Click here to hear Charlie tell his story in 1986.] He is survived by wife Barbara; son Kurt Icenberger of Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas; daughters Charlotte Parmley of Grove, Delaware County, Okla., Valerie Bookout of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., and Marcia Blaine of Seymour, Webster County, Mo.; and 13 great-grandchildren. Charlie was preceded in death by brothers Jim and Bob. Services were at Mt. Hermon Church in Jay, Delaware County, Okla., and burial was at Maysville Cemetery. The Worley-Luginbuel Funeral home in Jay handled the arrangements.
MARY B. (PARMLEY) REYNOLDS 1920-2011
Mary [Thomas Noah, Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] a resident of Vienna, Johnson County, Ill., died April 16, 2011, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, McCracken County, Ky. Mary was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Metropolis, Massac County, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Minnie (Steinkamp) Parmley. She and J.W. Reynolds were married on July 31, 1944, at Metropolis; he died in 1997. She was a 1938 graduate of Metropolis Community High School and a former co-owner of J.W. Reynolds Monument Co. She belonged to the Vienna First United Methodist Church. Among her survivors are daughters Nancy Kirschner of Naples, Collier County, Fla., and Susan Lamb of Vienna; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by brother Bill Parmley. Services were at the church; burial was at Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, P.O. Box 1349, Vienna, IL 62995-1349.
GRACE (GLEBA) PARMLEY 1918-2011
Grace, a retired real estate broker and widow of Richard Henry [Seba Williams, Mary Ellen (Watson), Joseph, Maria, Joseph, Joseph, Henry, John, Edmond, John, --?--, Henry] Parmley, died April 4, 2011, at her home in West Mifflin, Allegheny County, Pa. She was born in 1918 and was chosen by Frank and Orlene Gleba of Allentown, Lehigh County, Pa. She was a broker for McShane Real Estate of Munhall, Allegheny County, Pa. Grace was an active member of Amity Presbyterian Church of Dravosburg, Allegheny County, Pa., and taught Sunday school for more than 60 years. Her survivors include son Rick of St. Simon's Island, Glynn County, Ga.; daughter Kathleen Montgomery of West Mifflin; one grandchild and nieces and nephews. The Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home of Pleasant Hills was in charge of arrangements.
BARBARA 'BABE' ROSE (MYERS) PARMELEE 1977-2011
Barbara, a longtime resident of St. Johns, a community within Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., a community activist and widow of Loren "Red" Leonard [Loren Leonard, William Leonard G., Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died March 30, 2011, in her home. She worked as an administrative assistant with the Portland Public Schools until her retirement in the early 1980s. Barbara was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Wash., to Frank O. and Esther A. Myers. She was raised and educated in Hoquiam, and was graduated from Commerce (now Cleveland) High School in Portland in 1944. After high school, Barbara moved to San Francisco. She and Loren eloped in 1951 and were married in Reno, Washoe County, Nev. Loren was enlisted with the Army Air Corp and together they traveled the world and raised their family. They came to Portland in 1969. Barbara worked with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, USAF Family Services, the PTA, the American Legion, the 7th Ferrying Group, the Visiting Nurses Association, the St. Johns Parade Committee, the Peninsula Senior Center and the Shirlee Ann Fund. She is survived by daughter SuAnn G. Parmelee; sons Glen A. and James R.; grandchildren Amanda R. Parmelee and Amber N. Panian; a great-grandson; and brother David Myers. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by daughter Glenn R. Parmelee; son Loren L. III; and brother Glen A. Myers. At Barbaras request, no services were held. Contributions may be made to the Shirlee Ann Fund at Bank of America or USA Cares. Hustad Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CHRISTOPHER RYAN PARMELEE 1977-2011
Christopher [Billy Ray, Fred Edgar, Harry Edwin, Frederick Luman, James Edwin, Luman H., --?--] died March 12, 2011, at his home in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky. He was born June 17, 1977, in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky., son of Bill Parmelee and the late Bonnie (Brooks) Cordell. Among his survivors are his father, Bill; brother Jonathan; nephew Chase; and grandmother Louise (Kendrick) Parmelee. Burial was at Monticello's Kendrick Cemetery. The Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home in Monticello was in charge of arrangements.
JO ANN PARMELEE 1948-2011
Jo Ann [James Thomas, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John] died March 28, 2011, in Spain. No other details are known. She was born Sept. 29, 1948, the daughter of James Thomas and June May (Hartung) Parmelee. She was preceded in death by brother James.
RUTH N. (MUNRO) PARMELEE 1922-2011
Ruth, widow of Gordon E. [Gordon Edwards, Ernest Frank, Frank B., Henry "Harry" W., Henry Charles, Henry, Hezekiah, Hezekiah, Job, John, John], died March 8, 2011, at Milford Hospital in Milford, New Haven County, Conn. She worked for many years at W.T. Grant Co. in Milford and at Tiny Tot Daycare. In her later years she was employed at the Milford Senior Center. Daughter of Daniel and Anna Munro, she was born Nov. 10, 1922, in New Rochelle, Westchester County, N.Y. Among her survivors are sons Gordon II and Donald, both of Milford; daughter Carol Gable of Camp Verde, Yavapai County, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Robert of Charleston, Charleston County, S.C.; and sister Doris of Concord, Merrimack County, N.H. She was predeceased by brothers Donald and Morton; sisters June, Barbara and Betty; and great-granddaughter Kimberly Ann Parmelee. Cody-White Funeral Home of Milford handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Masonicare Home Health and Hospice, Administrative Office, 33 N. Plains Industrial Road, Wallingford, CT 06492.
KENNETH E. PARMLEY 1936-2011
Kenneth [John Ballenger, Chrisman, Aladdin, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a former Marine and a career General Motors worker, died Feb. 28, 2011, at home in Ridge Farm, Ill. s residence. He was born Feb. 17, 1936, in Eadsville, Wayne County, Ky., the son of John Ballenger and Ferbie Ellen (Gross) Parmley. His first wife was Patty Washburn who died in 1998. He later was wed to Georgia Middlemas, who survives. Kenneth was a past member of the Eagles in Danville, Vermilion County, Ill., and the Moose Lodge in Casey, Clark County, Ill. Kenneth also enjoyed playing his guitar. Other survivors include sons Steve of Bismarck, Vermilion County, Ill., and Scott of Greenfield, Hancock County, Ind.; daughters Lora Drown of Florida, and Lisa Myers of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind.; stepchildren Mike Middlemas of Lawrenceville, Lawrence County, Ill., Jeff Middlemas of Boise, Ada County, Idaho, James Middlemas of Peoria, Peoria County, Ill., and Janet Jones of Westville, Vermilion County, Ill.; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers Roscoe of Westville, Lawrence of Decatur, Morgan County, Ala., and James of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by several brothers and a sister. A graveside service was conducted at Cumberland Cemetery in Casey. Houghton-Leasure Funeral Chapel of Georgetown, Ill., was in charge of arrangements.
PHILIP HOWARD PARMELEE 1941-2011
Philip [Howard William, Wallace Joel, Howard Royce, Joel Royce, William, Dan, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a flying enthusiast, died Feb. 17, 2011. Born Oct. 29, 1941, in Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, he was the son of Howard and Anne (Stein) Parmelee. He attended Hudson schools, graduating in 1959. He obtained a commercial airplane license and was a certified flight instructor. He served in the Army and worked for the housing department for the city of Los Angeles for a number of years before retiring to Florida where he joined a friend in cattle ranching. He is survived by a cousin, Kathryn Newbolt Davis of Camillus, Onondaga County, N.Y., and friends.
JOYCIE 'JOYCE' RAE (HALL) SCOGGINS PARMLEY 1924-2011
Joyce, widow of Charles C. [Thomas H., Del Vere, Walter "William" Lafayette, John, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmley and a cafeteria worker for many years, died Feb. 12, 2011. She was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Crawford County, Ark., to Jesse and Mary Ellen (Brewer) Hall. Joyce married Walter N. Scoggins in 1949 and they had three children. They moved to the Kansas City area in 1951, and later divorced. In 1962, Joyce married Charles Parmley. She worked at the Forum Cafeteria in Independence, Jackson County, Mo., for many years, and later, operated a children's day care from her home. Joyce was a long-time member of the Life Church of Kansas City, where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was preceded in death by husband Charles in 1994; infant son Michael Charles Parmley; and all four of her siblings. She is survived by four children, Walter Scoggins, Jess Scoggins, Judy Gunderson, and Patti Parmley O'Neal; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence. The Carson-Speaks Funeral Home of Independence was in charge of arrangements.
EDNA LUCILLE (BRIDENSTINE) PARMELE 1917-2011
Edna, widow of Charles Sergeant [Harry Dillon, Henry William, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], died Feb. 6, 2011, at Ridgecrest Village Retirement Home in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. She was born in 1917 in Lorimor, Union County, Iowa, the daughter of Walter Lee and Retta Mae Bridenstine. She and Charles were married June 17, 1944; he died in 2000. Together they farmed in north Bettendorf, Scott County, Iowa. Edna worked as a art teacher in Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa; Rockford, Winnebago County, Ill.; and Davenport. Upon retirement in 1944, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Davenport and Bettendorf school districts. An avid reader, Edna participated most of her life in book clubs, but first and foremost, she was an artist, who exhibited her paintings and won several Quad City awards. Her memberships included: First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, IHN Circle of the King's Daughters, Friends of Art, American Association of University Women, and Republican Women of Scott County. She also volunteered at Ridgecrest Service League and was active in its choir. She is survived by son Ronald of Midland, Midland County, Mich.; daughter Margaret Lucia, Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial was at Davenport's Pine Hill Cemetery.
GRACE J. (PARMLEY) NYGARD 1924-2011
Grace [Chester Wilfred, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, William Cockfield, Solomon, Mark, Mark, Job, John, John; and also Chester Wilfred, Chester Nelson, Frederick David, Elisa Ann, Reuben, Levi, Mark, Job, John, John], widow of Eric G. Nygard and a resident of Southington, Hartford County, Conn., died Feb. 3, 2011, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, New Haven County, Conn. She was born in Attleboro, Bristol County, Mass., on July 10, 1924, the daughter of the Rev. Chester Wilfred and Sarah (Wilcox) Parmley. She is survived by daughter Sharon Hudson of Southington; son Paul of Southington; brother Robert of Lenoir, Caldwell County, N.C.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Grace was also predeceased by brother Stanley. A private graveside service will be held in the spring in Southington's South End Cemetery. The Paul A. Shaker / Farmingdale Funeral Home, New Britain, was in charge of arrangements.
ERNEST ARTHUR PARMLEY 1938-2011
Ernest [unplaced] died Jan. 28, 2011, at the Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Coffee and Franklin counties, Tenn.. A native of Johnston City, Williamson County, Ill., he was the son of Arthur E. and Flora Grace (Anderson) Parmley, and born Dec. 28, 1938. Ernest was a member of the Sauk Village Church of God in Illinois. He is survived by daughter Debbie Truesdale of Illinois; brother Millard of California; sisters Joann Sweeney of Manchester, Peggy Turner of Manchester, Pamela Boyd of Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tenn., Linda Perry of Steger, Cook and Will counties, Ill., and Judy Randol of Blue Island, Cook County, Ill.; and two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel (Trussell) Parmley in 2007; and brothers Charles and Richard. A memorial service was held in the Tullahoma Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Riddle officiating.
GAVIN RAY JACK 2011-2011
Gavin, son of Ashley Parmele [unplaced] and Martin Jack, died in his parents arms Jan. 10, 2011, at Childrens Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Johnson County, Mo. Gavin was born in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo., on Jan. 7, 2011. He is survived by his parents; maternal grandparents Candie and George Elkins; paternal grandparents Larry and Sandy Jack; paternal grandmother Jackie Manor; maternal great-grandparents Ed and Cathey Bossert; paternal great-grandmother Altha Rhoades; and aunts and uncles. Services were at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, and burial was at St. Joseph's Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Childrens Mercy Hospital or Ronald McDonalds House.
HALISTENE CARNELLA (PARMLEY) GREENE ca1913-2011
Services for Halistene [unplaced] were held Jan. 10, 2011, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. She was born about 1913 and married Dr. Arthur David Greene on June 29, 1936, in Horry County, S.C.; he died in 1976. Her survivors include son Dr. Arthur D.; grandchildren Ericka P. Gray, Kelley R. Dorsett and Dr. Michael D. Greene; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens in North Charleston, S.C. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church Building Fund, 109 Line St., Charleston, SC 29403.
RUTH (PARMELEE) BENZ 1914-2011
Ruth [unplaced], a fourth-generation Californian, died Jan. 7, 2011. She was born March 25, 1914, and was a member of the Class of 1936 at Stanford. That same year she and Edward M. Benz were married. Among her survivors are son Edward, daughter Lee, five granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren.
ZELLA 'JANE' JANE (KIRK) PARMLEY 1929-2010
Jane, a resident of Mowrystown, Highland County, Ohio, and widow of Randolph Hay [Roland Duvall, Miles, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Dec. 29, 2010, at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley Inpatient Center at Seaman, Adams County, Ohio. She was born June 2, 1929, in Ewing, Fleming County, Ky., the daughter of George and Alice (McGlone) Kirk. Her survivors include sons Randy Lee of Batavia, Clermont County, Ohio, and Allan Ray of Mowrystown; daughters Anna Mae Fantetti of Mowrystown, Donna Jean Riehle of Newtonsville, Clermont County, Ohio, Evelyn Kay Sturgeon of Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio, and Mary Jane Kinner of Mowrystown; brother Gene Sutherland of Williamsburg, Clemont County, Ohio; sisters Lily Mae Kirk of Michigan, and Connie, Darlene and Georgie Mae Sutherland; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her adopted parents, Charles and Mary Sutherland, and 11 brothers and sisters. Services were at the Meeker Funeral Home in Russellville, Brown County, Ohio, and burial was at the Locust Grove Cemetery in Peebles, Adams County, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.
DAVIS CURRIER PALMER 1929-2010
Davis, husband of Kathy [Kenneth, --? --] and longtime school board member, died Dec. 28, 2010, in Chico, Wise County, Texas. The cause of death could not be confirmed. Davis was born June 1, 1953, in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. He graduated from Upper Arlington, Ohio, High School, received his undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, and his graduate degree from Ohio State University. After moving to the Dallas area to accept employment with Electronic Data Systems Corp., Davis married Kathy Parmley, and they soon made Trophy Club their home. He served on the Northwest Independent School District board for 13 years, including two terms as president and was privileged to present diplomas to his children, Zach, currently a junior at the University of North Texas, and Kali, upon their graduation. "Davis was an outstanding board member," said Karen Rue, district superintendent. Said board President Mark Schluter: "He was concerned about every child in the district. It didn't matter whether they were on the east side, west side, south side or north side. He had a great passion for all kids." Davis regularly volunteered for the Roanoke Food Pantry, Boy Scout Troop 328, various athletic teams and other local charities. Services were held at Fellowship United Methodist Church in Trophy Club. Memorial donations may be sent to the Roanoke Food Pantry or the Children's Advocacy Center of Denton County.
JAMES 'LOU' LEWIS PARMELEE 1919-2010
Lou [James Thompson, Cornelius C., Timothy Judson, Lyman, Amos, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 14, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. He was born Oct. 26, 1919, in Waterbury, son of James Thompson and Louise Judd (Fontaine) Parmelee. He lived most of his life in Bethlehem, Litchfield County, Conn., and owned and operated a lawn mower sales and service business. Lou enjoyed antique cars; his pride and joy was his 1912 Model T Ford Touring Car, and he was a founding member of the Connecticut Crankin' Yanks Car Club. His other hobbies included beekeeping and bowling. He belonged to the George Knox Bowling League at Thomaston Lanes and was the oldest active bowler in the league, bowling until he was 89. Besides his wife of 58 years, Adela, he is survived by a son Robert of Bethlehem; daughters, Jamie Norris of Palm Coast, Fla., and Joan Arnold of Naugatuck, New Haven County, Conn.; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Earle, Ralph and Charles; and sisters Gladys Kaschel, Hazel Judson and Carolyn Wheeler. The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at the Bethlehem Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Ambulance Assn., P.O. Box 401, Bethlehem CT 06751.
CHERYL ANN (REDDER) PARMLEY 1946-2010
Cheryl [unplaced] died Nov. 20, 2010, at her home in Henderson, Clark County, Nev. She was born Aug. 29, 1946, in Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y, the daughter Harlan Fredrick and Thelma Ruth (Close) Redder. She is survived by son Michael; daughters Kelli Parmley and Sheila Pankas; brothers Harlan and Joe; and grandchildren Kylie, Matthew, Mikaylah and Jaden. She was preceded in death by brother Mark and son Fay Jr. A memorial service was held at Myers Park in Lansing, N.Y., in the spring of 2011. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vasculitis Foundation.
GEORGE 'FRANK' FRANKLIN WILMETH 1919-2010
Frank, a farmer, World War II veteran and husband of Virgina Parmely [unplaced], died Nov. 11, 2010, in Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn. He was born Nov. 21, 1919 in McNairy County, son of Logan and Lorena (Deming) Wilmeth. After serving in the Army during World War II, Frank went to work for the GM&O Railroad. He and Virginia were married on April 6, 1957. He later operated a gas station in Ramer and also was the owner and operator of Wilmeth's Grocery. He drove a school bus for the McNairy County School system for 35 years, and retired from the Tennessee Forestry Department after 17 years. One of his great pleasures in life was being on his tractor and working on his farm, where he raised cattle, hogs, and goats. He was a member of the Antioch Church of Christ in Ramer, McNairy County, Tenn. In addition to his widow, of Pocahontas, Hardeman County, Tenn., he is survived by daughters Pam Horton and Karen Bowers both of Ramer; four grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Frank was preceded in death by brothers James, Fred and Wesley; and nephew Rufus Wilmeth. Services were at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer, and burial was at Ramer's Antioch Church of Christ Cemetery.
GRACE ELIZABETH PARMELEE 1926-2010
Grace [unplaced], a resident of Plainville, Hartford County, Conn., died Nov. 2, 2010. She was born in New Britain, Hartford County, Conn., on Nov. 10, 1926, the only child of the Earle C. and Pearl (Cordier) Parmelee. After graduating Plainville High School, Grace pursued a career in bookkeeping and was employed at the Plainville Lumber Co., and D&L in New Britain. Grace lived a simple life, finding joy through her love of animals and her cat, Frisky II. She lived her life on her own terms, and is now at peace from the many life struggles that she endured. A celebration of Graces life was held at Plainville's West Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her name to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. Bailey Funeral Home in Plainville handled arrangements.
JAMES WILLIAM PARMELEE 1942-2010
James [James Thomas, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a retired chief financial officer and a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, died Oct. 21, 2010, at his home at Spring Hill, Johnson County, Kans. Jim was born June 11, 1942, at Fort Jackson in Columbia, Richland County, S.C., to James Thomas and June May (Hartung) Parmelee. He grew up in Wisconsin, was a graduate of the University of Maryland. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1966 to 2002. Jim and Beverly Labrie were wed on March 24, 1979, in Shawnee, Johnson County, Kans. They lived in Olathe, Johnson County, Kans., and moved to Spring Hill 20 years ago. He was the chief financial officer for Taylor Forge Engineered Systems in Paola, Miami County, Kans, retiring after 33 years. He was a member of the Am Vets, the American Legion of Paola, and the Elks. Jim served on boards of People to People of Greater Kansas City, the Paola Chamber of Commerce, KCCI of Topeka, and the Kansas Manufacturing Association. He also served the Kansas Export Finance Committee. In addition to his wife Bev, he is survived by sisters JoAnn Parmelee of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and Jill Peterson of Owasso, Rogers County, Okla.; a niece and a nephew. He was preceded in death by an infant son. Services were at the Bruce Funeral Home in Spring Hill. Inurnment was at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery.
CHARLES L. PARMLEY 1942-2010
Charles [unplaced] of Manchester, Coffee County, Tenn., a fan of gospel music and physical fitness training, died Oct, 13, 2010, at the Manchester Health Care Center. He was born Feb. 11, 1942, in Cook County, Ill., to Arthur E. and Flora Grace (Anderson) Parmley. Charles attended the Nazarene Church of Manchester. He is survived by brothers Millard of California and Ernest of Tullahoma, Coffee and Franklin counties, Tenn; sisters Joann Sweeney of Manchester, Peggy Turner of Manchester, Pamela Boyd of Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tenn., Linda Perry of Steger, Cook and Will counties, Ill., and Judy Randol of Blue Island, Cook County, Ill. He was preceded in death by brother Richard. Services were at the chapel of the Central Funeral Home with Pastor Jimmy Hodge officiating. Burial was at Mount Carmel Methodist Church Cemetery in Manchester.
SHIRLEY A. (SCOTT) PARMELEE 1931-2010
Shirley, a homemaker and widow of Charles Melvin [Charles Tourot, Edmund James, Charles B., Asahel, Charles, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John] Parmelee, died Oct. 10, 2010, in the care of Keystone Garden Estates, Larksville. She was a lifelong resident of Forty Fort, Luzerne County, Pa. Shirley was born Feb. 27, 1931, the daughter of Walter J. and Margaret E. (Thomas) Scott, and was a graduate of Forty Fort High School. She always enjoyed the Pennsylvania outdoors and made a gift of her love of birds to her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Forty Fort Presbyterian Church. Survivors include sons David of Dallas, Luzerne County, Pa., and Mark of Jackson Township, Luzerne County, Pa.; grandchildren Benjamin, Susanna, Andrea, and Michael Parmelee; and sister Vivian (Scott) Malczyk, of Nanjemoy, Charles County, Md. The Hugh B. Hughes & Son Funeral Home of Forty Fort was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Forty Fort Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, PA 18704.
DOUGLAS LEE PARMLEY 1951-2010
Douglas [unplaced], a telephone technician, died Oct. 4, 2010, in Albany, Linn County, Ore. He was born June 11, 1951, in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., the son of Carlton G. and Wilma A. Parmely in Lansing, Mich. As a boy, he lived in Garden Grove, Orange County, Calif., and spent most of his life and raised his family in Willits, Mendocino County, Calif. Doug, who also worked for Costco, enjoyed deep-sea fishing, woodworking, pool, darts and puzzles. He is survived by Rita, his wife of 39 years; daughters Tame Shannon and Beverly Parmley; brothers Charles and Barry; sister Wilma Woods; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Michael and Terry. A celebration of his life was held at Crown Memorial Center in Salem, Marion County, Ore. Memorial contributions can be made in Dougs name to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.
JAMES LEE PARMLEY 1957-2010
James [William Charles, Wyatt Denman, Samuel Washington, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a funeral director and gospel singer, died Sept. 25, 2010, after a long battle with a rare illness. He was born Aug. 13, 1957, in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, the son of William "Billy" Charles and Frances Marie (Johnston) Parmley. The family moved to Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, when he was a boy, and he attended Stephen F. Austin State University. James moved to the Dallas area where he met his wife, Holly, and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, where he was the class president. He worked as an embalmer at many of the funeral homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He later became a medical massage therapist. As a young man, James loved to sing, especially old gospel songs. He was member of the Singing Christians and briefly had a Sunday night radio show, "Southern Gospel Now," on KBEC-AM (1390) out of Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas. He and Cecil Pollack put together several gospel conventions, which were picked up by major broadcasting networks. James was an honorary member of the Blue Knights, Chapter 21, Rio Grande Conference, was involved in the motorcycle riding organization's annual chili cook-off, and believed charity of caring for abused children. In addition to his wife, James is survived by sons Joshua and Jermey; grandchildren Cheyenne and Chloe Parmley; brother Thomas; and stepfather Warren Gray. Services were at the Covenant Life Church of Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas. Arrangements were handled by Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie.
MARTHA J. (ANDRZEJEWSKI) PARMLEY 1927-2010
Martha, a former school bus driver and widow of Ralph Oliver [Parris E., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmley, died Sept. 14, 2010, at her home in Dowagiac, Cass County, Mich. She was born Aug. 18, 1927, in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., the daughter of William and Irene (Jaworski) Andrzejewski. Martha worked for Dowagiac Union Schools for 11 years as a driver, was a foster grandparent for Cass Public School, and worked as a volunteer for Casa. She and Ralph were married on Nov. 27, 1947; he died in 1988. She is survived by sons Brian and Bruce, both of Dowagiac, and Daniel of Edwardsburg, Cass County, Mich.; daughter Kathleen Bailey of Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wis.; 11 grandchildren, including Bruce, Monica, Trevor, Joshua and Shannon Parmley; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter and a foster daughter, Susan Polomcak. Services were held at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church led by Father Kevin Covert, and burial was at the church cemetery.
BERTHA LEE (PARMLEY) HEWKIN PATTERSON 1936-2010
Bertha [Laddon, James, Robert, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] an LPN in California and Missouri in hospitals and nursing homes, died Sept. 12, 2010, at St. Louis, Mo. She was born Oct. 26, 1936, at Potosi, Washington County, Mo. She and Homer Hewkin were married Nov. 29, 1953, and had four children; she had a second marriage to John Gerald Patterson in St. James on July 13, 1978. She was a member of the Everlasting Covenant Church, in Cuba, Crawford County, Mo. Her hobbies were sewing, scrapbooking, gardening, quilting and flower arranging. She is survived by husband John; brothers Luther of St. Louis and Floyd of Irondale, Washington County, Mo.; sisters Elizabeth Bunch of Potosi and Gracey Green of St. Louis; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; brothers Raymond, Robert and James; and sisters Barbara Koskecki and Mary Wright. The Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Cuba's Meramec Hills Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the local American Cancer Society.
KIMBERLY DAWN (CORMIER) PARMELEE 1964-2010
Kim, former wife of Jeffrey Allen Parmelee [Robert Allen, Fred Edgar, Harry Edwin, Frederick Luman, James Edwin, Luman H., --?--], died July 21, 2010, at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Calhoun County, Mich., following a brief illness. She was born July 4, 1964, in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., the daughter of Rudolph Fossano and Cheryl L. Cormier. She was a spiritual person who could tell you anything about the Bible. She and Jeffrey were married May 22, 1993, in Pulaski County, Ky. Survivors include son Donnie Anderson; daughters Beth and Samantha Parmelee; and her mother; all of Ypsilanti. She was preceded in death by sister Windy Allen and grandmother Justina Cormier. Graveside services were held at Ypsilanti's Highland Cemetery.
DAVID EDWARD PARMLEY ca1950-2010
David [unplaced] died July 14, 2010, at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Washington County, Va. He was 59. He was born in Mississippi and had been a resident of Washington County for a brief period of time. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi. He is survived by his father, Robert E. Parmley, and brother Bobby, both of Abingdon. He was preceded in death by his mother, Chrystal (Veal) Parmley, and by brothers Don and Terry. A graveside service was held at Abingdon's Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery.
PENNY JEAN (PARMLEY) RAYNER 1947-2010
Penny, a lifelong resident of Antioch, Contra Costa County, Calif., died July 12, 2010, after a brief illness. Penny was born April 14, 1947, in Antioch to Emmert "Jesse" Orval and Billie (England) Parmley. She graduated from Antioch High School in 1965 where she was a cheerleader and active in many clubs. She attended DVC for a year and then went on to work for Dow Chemical. She and Marvin Rayner were married May 31, 1969, and she retired four years later upon the birth of their son Bradley. She enjoyed trips to Reno, and had a special place in heart for the coast, Pismo Beach, and her favorite place, Maui. In addition to her husband and parents, Penny is survived by son Bradley; two grandchildren; and brothers Jeff of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., John of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., and Jim of Antioch. A memorial service was held at Higgins Chapel in Antioch. Friends are encouraged make a donation to their favorite charity in her name.
CHARLES 'CHUCK' BLAKESLEE PARMELEE 1927-2010
Chuck [Samuel Blakeslee, Charles Ives, Samuel Blakeslee, Leander, Solomon, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], retired owner of a construction company, died July 10, 2010, in an Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, nursing home. He died during a thundershower with his family members by his side, with one of his screwdrivers, its handle worn smooth by years of steadfast use, in his hand. Born on April 24, 1927, in Meriden, New Haven County, Conn., he was the son of Samuel and Helen (Kofoed) Parmelee. While growing up, Chuck showed a keen aptitude for all things mechanical. He soon began learning the tricks of the carpentry trade from his grandfather who educated him on woodworking techniques and the most efficient use of tools. They were skills he would refine and use the rest of his life. He was known for his insistence on doing the job right and for the craftsmanship he employed on projects in nearly every New England state. His only break from the construction business was while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany at the end of World War II. While living in Connecticut in the 1960s he was involved in ham radio and was hired by the state to oversee the installation and operation of a statewide network of civil defense radio stations. After moving to Maine in 1972, he settled in the Waldoboro, Lincoln County, area where in 1973 he married Joyce (Foster) Brechlin whom he met when both worked at Quinlans Building Supply in Meriden. The couple started C.B. Parmelee Inc., which soon became one of the best-known contracting firms in midcoast Maine. The company built everything from takeout stands, to homes, to branch bank buildings. The firm was known for the slogan painted on its fleet of trucks: "Dont trust to luck, call Chuck." Chuck also built or remodeled several homes for himself, and over the years he was the first to step up to help family members erect their own houses. He was a member of the choir at the Waldoboro United Methodist Church, a member of the towns planning board, the local American Legion, Rotary International and served as a Boy Scout leader for many years. After retirement, he and Joyce moved to a home in Jefferson, Lincoln County, Maine, where he pursued one of the great passions in his life, fishing. In 2001, Chuck was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. He and Joyce moved to Bar Harbor, Hancock County, Maine, in 2005, where both became members of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Chuck spent the last four years at Sonogee in Bar Harbor and the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta. He is survived by his widow Joyce, of Damariscotta, Lincoln County, Maine; brother David of Connecticut; children Earl Brechlin of Bar Harbor, Dale Brechlin of Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, W.Va., Patricia Lane of Damariscotta, and Barbara Saunders of Tenants Harbor, Knox County, Maine; sons from his first marriage Scott, William and Rick of Connecticut; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by Carl Brechlin, of Meriden; and brother Robert of Connecticut. Donations may be made to Boy Scout Troop 142 c/o the United Methodist Church, 95 Friendship St., Waldoboro ME 04572 or the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, 27 Atlantic Highway, Edgecomb ME 04556. A memorial service was held at the church in Waldoboro.
RAY HARRISON PARMELEE II 1946-2010
Ray [Ray Harrison, Earl Grover, Linus, Erastus K., Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], a deacon of the Diocese of Toledo assigned to St. Michael the Archangel in Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, died June 23, 2010. Ray was born April 13, 1946, in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich.. to Ray Harrison. and Mary (Drenten) Parmelee. He and Anna Lynn Williams were married May 31, 1969. Ray worked at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Findlay for 32 years and was ordained a permanent deacon May 17, 2003. He was a 1968 graduate of Murray State University, a 1986 graduate of The University of Findlay, received his masters degree from Tiffin University in 1994, and earned a masters degree of pastoral ministry from St. Marys University in Winona, Minn., in 2005. Survivors include his widow, Anna; sons Ray III and Robert; daughters Rebecca Burrier and Anne Marie Parmelee; mother Mary of Findlay; brother Robert; and six grandchildren, including Steven, Madeline, Natalie and Evelyn Parmelee.
HAROLD 'TAD' LESLIE PARMELEE III 1946-2010
Tad [Harold Leslie, Harold Leslie, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], originally of Maple Shade, Burlington County, N.J., and more recently from Sandwich, De Kalb County, Ill., died June 18, 2010, in Sycamore, De Kalb County, Ill. He was born Sept. 7, 1942, to Harold and Ella M. (Walton) Parmelee Jr. A Moorestown High 1960 graduate, he attended Furman University in South Carolina, and in 1965 was united in marriage to Joyce Ann Snyder. He is survived by his widow; daughter Rebecca Ostrega; grandchildren Jessica Rae Parmelee and Jacob Thomas Ostrega; and sisters Joy Wilcox and Patti Thompson. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Philadelphia. Arrangements were handled by the Mark C. Tilghman Funeral Home in Maple Shade.
RUSSELL FREDERICK PARMLEY 1913-2010
Russell [Alvin Orsemus, Russell, Truman, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], a resident of Ogden, Weber County, Utah, died May 19, 2010 of complications from pneumonia and Waldenstrom's disease, a rare form of blood cancer. Services were held at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary. Burial was at Ogden City Cemetery.
RICHARD E. HOMMON 1925-2010
Dick, a 30-year employee of Rockwell Automotive and the husband of Margaret "Peggy" Parmelee [unplaced] for 60 years, died May 14, 2010, at Flint Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Newark, Licking County, Ohio. He was born Dec. 5, 1925, in Newark, the son of Roland A. and Mary V. (Hatfield) Hommon. Dick was a 1948 graduate of the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus where he played football for four years. He spent many years as a lifeguard at the Hollander Street municipal pool where many of the kids gave him the nickname of "Tarzan." Dick retired from Rockwell in 1981. He fought a long hard battle with cancer and Parkinson's disease. In addition to his widow, Dick is survived by sons Gregory of Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, and John of Newark; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister Betty J. Armstrong. Burial was at Newark Memorial Gardens. Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
JAMES HENDERSON PARMLEY 1926-2010
James [Miles "Bill" Monroe, Frank "Hence," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a long-time treasurer of his church, died May 12, 2010, at Veterans Hospital in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. He was born Dec. 20, 1926 at Parnell, Wayne County, Ky., to Miles and Martha (Humble) Parmley. He and Eva Stinson were married Jan. 10, 1948. In addition to his widow, he is survived by daughter Virginia Redfearn of Georgetown, Scott County, Ky.; sisters Eva Whitt, Lela Daniels and Jean Britt; brothers Olan and Donald; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister Mary Smith; and brothers Johnny, Robert and Glenn. He served his country during World War II and was a member of the Taylor's Grove Baptist Church. Burial was at Taylor's Grove Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to the church cemetery fund. Hickey and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
MILDRED A. (PRESTEGARD) CASTIGLIANO PARMLEY 1910-2010
Mildred, an accomplished stenographer and the widow of Pollock "Podge" [Charles Calvin, Calvin House, Quartus, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died May 5, 2010, at Tabitha Home in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebr. She was born Dec. 15, 1910, in Brodhead, Green County, Wisc., the daughter of Oscar and Bessie Prestegard. She first married Virgil Castigliano, and then Podge in 1959. She worked as an administrative assistant for the Burlington Railroad and as a legislative assistant in the Nebraska Legislature. Mildred was a member of the PEO, a professional womens organization, and Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebr., for more than 60 years. She is survived by sons Rev. Serge A. Castigliano of Putnam Valley, Putnam County, N.Y.; Daniel G. Castigliano of Venice, Sarasota County, Fla., and Richard V. Castigliano of Prescott, Yavapai County, Ariz.; step-daughter Polly (Parmele) Swift of Glenview, Cook County, Ill.; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Podge in 1994. Inurnment was at Oak Hill Cemetery, near Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebr.
VERN R. PARMELEE 1970-2010
Vern [unplaced] died May 3, 2010. He was born Feb. 8, 1970, the son of Vern and Sandra (Briggs) Parmelee. He is survived by daughters Rebecca and Kaitlyn; and son Ryan; and eight siblings.
RUBY N. SHEPARD 1937-2010
Ruby, a homemaker of Brookville, Franklin County, Ind., died 72, April 25, 2010. Born Aug. 22, 1937, in Kingsport, Sullivan and Hawkins counties, Tenn., she was the daughter of John William and Gladys Mae (Hite) Propes. Survivors include husband James; sons Timothy Parmley, Moley Parmley, Bob Shepard, Bill Norman and James Norman; daughter Judy Bolser; sisters Gerdie Foreman, Linda Petagrove and Charlene Williamson; brothers Lester, John Jr. and Greg Propes. The Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home of Brookville was in charge of arrangements.
ARNOLD EDWARD PARMLEY 1930-2010
Arnold [unplaced] of Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, died April 25, 2010. He was born Feb. 14, 1930, in Big Spring, Texas, to Dr. Lee and Agnes Parmley and was a member of a Howard County Pioneer Family. His grandparents were Henry Brown and Nora Louise (Barber) Arnold. His father was an early day physician in Big Spring. Arnold grew up in Howard County and then attended Park Union Military School in Virginia and Morey Military School in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Korea and Japan. He had worked as an optician in Big Spring and later worked a number of years at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kerrville, returning to Big Spring about 10 years ago. Arnold had lived the last several years at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas Veterans Home. He was a Baptist. He is survived by several cousins. Graveside services were held at Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Cal Farleys Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, Texas 79174; or Vincent Baptist Church, 604 Bucknell Ave., Big Spring 79720. Arrangements were by Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
JAMES L. PARMLEY 1920-2010
James [Fred W., --?--] of Geneseo, Livingston County, N.Y., died April 18, 2010, after a brief illness. He was 89. Jim was born Dec. 29, 1920, in East Venice, Cayuga County, N.Y., the son of Fred and Sarah (Lamphere) Parmley. After serving four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, Jim resided in Binghamton, Broome County, N.Y., for many years before moving to Geneseo. He retired from the State University of New York, Geneseo, in 1980. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte (Cooper); sons James of Manlius and David of Hornell, Steuben County, N.Y.; daughter Anne Dunn of Sylvan Beach, Oneida County, N.Y.; grandsons Bryan J. Parmley of Manlius, Onondaga County, N.Y., and Shawn Masse of Oneida, Madison County, N.Y.; great-granddaughter Katherine Parmley of Manlius; sister Frances Rolls of Binghamton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by grandson Michael Parmley. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Contributions may be made to Livingston County Hospice, 2 Livingston County Campus, Mt. Morris, N.Y. 14510-1691.
DYAN DALE (PILKINGTON) PARMLEY 1944-2010
Dyan, a retired employee of the Stephen F. Austin State University Library and wife of Jerry Max [Hollis Nunley, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died April 11, 2010, at her home in Woden, Nocogdoches County, Texas. While receiving her treatments at MD Anderson Cancer Center, she would refuse to be pushed in a wheelchair or ride the shuttle. She was born June 10, 1944, in Weches, Houston County, Texas, the daughter of John H. and Martha Marie (Burran) Pilkington. She was graduated from Kennard High School in Houston County. She and Jerry were married July 19, 1976. She worked as a bookkeeper at Barnhill Poultry and the Nacogdoches Lumber Co. before a decade of employment at the university library. She was a member of Woden United Pentecostal Church and collected cookbooks. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Max Jr. of Woden; sister Jean Hammons of Weches; brothers John of Belott, Houston County, Texas, Fred of Weches, and James of Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas. Services were at Laird Funeral Home with the Rev. Barry T. Rankin officiating. Burial was be at Simpson Campground Cemetery.
CLEO ALICE (PARMLEY) JENKINS 1908-2010
Cleo [Philmore Bethel, James Emery, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired clerk of the U.S. Postal Service, died March 17, 2010, at St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. She was born Oct. 12, 1908, in Banks, Washington County, Ore., the daughter of the Philmore B. and Viola L. (Shipley) Parmley. She was a 1926 graduate of the Banks High School and attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Multnomah County, Ore., for two years. She and Nile Jenkins were married Dec. 23, 1933, in Rockaway, Tillamook County, Ore. The couple lived in Garibaldi, Tillamook County, Ore., and Rainier, Columbia County, Ore. She retired from the Postal Service in Rainier in 1969. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter in Rainier and enjoyed traveling, knitting and crocheting. Survivors include stepson Calvin Jenkins of Reno, Washoe County, Nev.; brothers Clinton A. of Forest Grove, and Clifford M. of Bend, Deschutes County, Ore.; sister Charlotte Bake of St. Helen's, Columbia County, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Nile in 1985, brother Cecil Parmley; and sister Christine Mael. She was buried at Forest Grove's Forest View Cemetery.
ERIC L. PARMLEY 1959-2010
Eric [unplaced] died March 15, 2010, at his home in Adrian, Lenawee County, Mich. He was employed at Hardwoods of Michigan and enjoyed tinkering with cars and being outdoors. Eric was born Dec. 21, 1959, in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., the son of George and Glenda (Gordon) Parmley. He is survived by his mother of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Parish, La.; his father and stepmother Jean of Tipton, Lenawee County, Mich.; daughter Ashley and her mother Angela of Adrian; brother Andrew of Whitehall, Muskegon County, Mich.; sisters Cheryl Villarreal of Houston, Harris County, Texas, and Vicki Boswell of Jasper, Midland County, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, one brother, and uncles David and Ralph. Services were at Handler Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward Bambach of Tecumseh Church of the Nazarene officiating. Entombment was at Brookside Cemetery in Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee.
POLLY ANN (SHUPP) PARMELEE 1927-2010
Polly, widow of Donald Seymour [Harold Lesley, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John] died at her home in Boise, Ada County, Idaho, on March 10, 2010, after a tough, yet graceful battle with cancer. She was born to Harry and Clara Shupp on Aug. 26, 1927, in Newberrytown, York County, Pa. She was a member of the York High School class of 1945 and, in 1949, received her bachelor's degree in health and physical education from West Chester State College, where she met Don Parmelee. The two were married Aug. 27, 1949, and headed to Idaho, where both had teaching positions in Grand View, Owyhee County. In 1951, they went on to Marsing, Owyhee County, Idaho, where Don was principal and Polly was a teacher. They moved to Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho, 1953 after Don accepted a position at the College of Idaho. Over the next 20 years, Polly was a ballet and modern dance instructor at her own studio, Parmelee Dance Studio, and taught physical and special education in the Boise and Caldwell school systems. In 1974, Polly and Don embarked on an overseas adventure and spent the next 10 years teaching in Manila, Philippines; Manama Bahrain; Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia; and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. They retired in 1984 and settled in Boise. Polly is survived by daughters Sue Cook, Jan Atkinson and Jill Gibbons; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Don; and brothers Jack and Jerry. The family held an open house at her home. Contributions may be made to the College of Idaho or the Caldwell PEO chapter.
ROBERT LAWRENCE PARMELE 1944-2010
Bob [Robert Lawrence, Walter Breckenridge, George Dexter, Frederick R., Rossiter, Nathaniel, William, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], a real estate industry veteran who led the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission for nearly a decade, died Feb. 28, 2010, at his home in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., home. He was 65. Bob suffered a heart attack several months ago, family members said. A Tulsa native and graduate of Hale High School and the University of Tulsa, Bob joined Parmele Real Estate, which his father, Robert Sr., started in 1953, and Cinnabar Service Co., a land and right-of-way acquisition firm that he co-owned. "Bob had probably forgotten more about real estate than most people ever knew," said Howard Kelsey, a close friend and longtime business associate. "From real property to zoning and planning, whatever; he was a wealth of knowledge on the subject." Bob was a member of the Planning Commission from 1978 through the early 1990s, including eight years as its chairman. In 2005, he concluded a nine-year stint in the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority. Terry Young, a former Tulsa mayor and county commissioner and a business colleague of Bob's, first met him while on the Planning Commission. "The first thing I noticed about Bob was how smart he was," Young said. "He had one of the sharpest and fastest minds I've ever known." Bob also made a name for himself as a real estate appraiser and was a principal with Appraisal Specialists of Tulsa. Bob's name has been associated more recently with the federal buyouts in the Tar Creek area in northeastern Oklahoma. Cinnabar, a Tulsa business that contracts with public and private entities, oversaw the appraisal and acquisition of properties within the Tar Creek Superfund site, a 40-square-mile area once home to mining. Bob was one of the principals of a company that was formed early this decade to build and operate a proposed Arkansas River toll bridge to connect Tulsa and Jenks, a controversial plan that ultimately was shelved, reports show. A noted golfer, Bob also was an expert angler whose office wall was a showcase of trophies from far-flung fishing expeditions. He was a board member for the Southwestern Regional Medical Center of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a former board member of the 12&12 Substance Abuse Center, and served on the Greater Tulsa Assn. of Realtors board. Bob is survived by sons Michael, Darren and Bobby; daughter Claire Tousley; his father, Robert L. Sr.; sister Linda Weible; and granddaughter Maren, who was adopted from China. Arrangements were handled by the Ninde Brookside Funeral Home.
DOROTHY LOUISE (ASHBY) PARMELE ca1928-2010
Dorothy, wife of Ralph Owen [Owen Settles, Francis "Frank" Owen, Luman E., Lucius Seth, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], and a resident of Dundas, Richland County, Ill., died Feb. 15, 2010, at age 82. She was the daughter of John Alfred and Ida (Phillips) Ashby. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Judith Sayre and Janet Silvious; son Ralph Jr.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was at Parklawn Cemetery in Rockville, Montgomery County, Md. Arrangements were handled by the Summers-Kistler Funeral Home in Olney, Ill. Memorial contributions may be made to the Luther Rice Baptist Church, 801 University Blvd. W., Silver Spring, MD 20901.
DONALD LATT PARMELEE 1919-2010
Donald [Clifford Hunt, Samuel Benjamin, Eliab Harvey, Eliab, Eliab, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired General Electric mechanical engineer and a resident of Paducah, McCracken County, Ky., died Feb. 13, 2010. He was born May 20, 1919, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., son of Clifford and Louise Magdeline (Latt) Parmelee. Donald and his brothers were all active Boy Scouts and he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He served as an ambulance driver in the American Field Service in India during World War II. He was graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. He spent most of his career working for GE, working on projects from the Minuteman Missile system to the Apollo 11 project of putting a man on the moon. He enjoyed his interesting and challenging work as well the opportunity to travel and live abroad. Don and his first wife, Bettie (Clarke), later opened and operated Desert Sage Gifts, a ceramics manufacturing company, in Mesa, Ariz., until their retirement. Surviving are son Brian Parmelee of Eugene, Lane County, Ore, Oregon; Eileen Segebarth of Paducah; six grandchildren including Rhiannon Parmelee of Seattle, Kings County, Wash., and Karen and Tyler Parmelee of Eugene, Ore.; and several stepchildren and step-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were wives Bettie and Beatrice Toni (Wagar); son Kevin; and brothers Howard, Samuel and Robert. A Funeral Mass was will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2010, at The Rev.J. Patrick Reynolds of St. Thomas More Catholic Church of Paducah lead a Funeral Mass. Burial was private. Memorials may be made to Hiawatha Seaway Boy Scout Council, 2803 Brewerton Road, Syracuse, NY 13211; or The Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage, 350 County Road 258, Berryville, AR 72616. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah was in charge of arrangements.
CHRISTEN NICOLE PARMLEY ca1987-2010
Christen [Jay Michael, James B., Laddon, James, Robert, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Bourbon, Crawford County, Mo., was killed Feb. 7, 2010, in a Franklin County traffic accident. The Missouri Highway Patrol said that she was driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 44 when her 1998 Monte Carlo collided head-on with a tractor trailer. She is survived by her mother, Tracey "J.C." Greenway, siblings and Jay M. II, Brian and Alex Parmley; grandmother Lela Ernsburger; aunt Katelyn Parmley; cousins and friends. Burial was at St. Louis' Mount Hope Cemetery.
RALPH ALLEN PARMELEE 1914-2010
Ralph [George Adelbert, Frank Roselle, Loren Dow, Anson, Salmon, Aaron, Abraham, Isaac, John, John], a sanitary inspector and resident of Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., died Jan. 12, 2010, at Covenant Life Worship Center, Haslett, He was born Aug. 24, 1914, the son of George Adelbert and Daisy (Neuman) Parmelee. His first wife was Dorothy Mae Belbeck, whom he married on Nov. 24, 1936, in Lansing; she died in 1938. He and his second wife, Helen Hewitt, were the parents of Shirley and Frederick. He was predeceased by brother Charles in 1998. Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes in Lansing,
ELIZABETH 'LIZ' ANN PARMELE 1922-2010
Liz, a hairdresser and the widow of David Seth Parmele [Earl Calvin, Lyman Seth, Giles, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 10, 2010, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Colfax, McLean County, Ill. She was a resident of Fairbury, Livingston County, Ill. She was born Oct. 15, 1922, in Fairbury, the daughter of James Garfield and Naoma (Ramseyer) Drennen. Liz was a 1941 graduate of Fairbury Township High School and later attended beauty school in Peoria, Peoria County, Ill. She owned and operated the Merle Norman Studio in Fairbury for 17 years. She and David were married Feb. 8, 1947, in Fairbury. In 1966, they moved to Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colo., where she continued her Merle Norman career until her retirement in 1987. Liz was an avid bowler and competed in many league tournaments. She became a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan while wintering in Mesa, Maricopa County, Ariz., for nearly 14 years. In 2005, Liz moved back to the Fairbury area. Surviving are sister Phyllis Tipton of Fairbury; nephew, Jim Tipton of Fairbury; and nieces Mary McCambridge, of Windsor, Weld County, Colo., Sandy Veal of Middleburg, Clay County, Fla., and Jean Masters, Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn. She was preceded in death by sister Wilma Hacker, and husband David, who died in 2004. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home of Fairbury was assisting with her arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Dominy Memorial Library, both in Fairbury.
SUZANNE (PARMELY) AINSWORTH 1947-2010
Suzanne [Kenneth Merle, James "Ted" Edward, Charles Franklin, James Edward, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a resident of Ottawa, Franklin County, Kans., died Jan. 3, 2010, at Coffey County Hospital in Burlington, Kans. She was born Feb. 21, 1947, at Topeka, Shawnee County, Kans., to Kenneth M. and Dorothy Dee (Alexander) Parmely, and was a graduate of Waverly High School. Services were at Waverly United Methodist Church and burial was at Waverly Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Sunset Manor.
MARCUS JAMES PARMELEE 1921-2010
Marcus [unplaced], a resident of San Leadron, Alameda County, Calif., died Jan. 2, 2010. He was born June 27, 1921, in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. He will be missed by his beloved yellow Lab, Josh, who was his constant companion since the death of his wife of almost 40 years, Mary, in 2006. A graveside memorial service was held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, Alameda County, Calif.
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