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The oldest family members that I have obituaries for are:


Alfred [Alfred Truman, Alfred, Truman, Thomas Truman, Thomas, Thomas, Job, John, John] of Lumberton, Robeson County, N.C., died Feb. 13, 1997, in Reston, Fairfax County, Va. He was retired from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, where he worked for 28 years, and was both an elder and deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton. Alfred received the Silver and Bronze stars for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge, and served in the 82nd "Golden Acorn" division in Gen. Patton's 3rd Army. Alfred is survived by son Truman of Reston and two grandchildren. He was buried at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Biggs Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton.


Dustin [William Gordon, Clyde Harless, Clyde Deans, Benjamin Franklin, Moses Edwards, Moses, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], a student at L.D. Bell High School, died April 15, 1997, in Bedford, Tarrant County, Texas. He was born July 8, 1979, in Irving, Dallas County, Texas. Dustin was a member the National Honor Society, Class Counsel, football, baseball, FCA, Young Life, and basketball and cross-country teams. Survivors include his parents, William Gordon and Wendy (Clubb) Parmelee of Bedford; sister Alissa of Bedford; grandparents Ruth and Al Clubb of St. Louis, Mo., and Clyde Harless and Betty (Mitchell) Parmelee of Gainesville, Alachua County, Fla.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service was held at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Hurst, Tarrant County, Texas. Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Colleyville was in charge of arrangements.


Ethel [Jackson Reed, Jonathan "John" Reed, John Reed, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a homemaker, died July 27, 1997, in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. She was born Oct. 3, 1921, the daughter of Jackson Reed and Lela Gertrude (Clark) Parmely, in Avery, Red River County, Texas. Survivors include her children, Sharon J. Thompson of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., Sandra J. Brokaw of La Jolla, San Diego County, Calif., Daris D. Gillespie of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo., and Micaela R. Keeton of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas; stepchildren William G. Gillespie of Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa, and Connie L. Chaney of Omaha; and a brother, Clark B. Parmely of Leonard, Fannin County, Texas. The John A. Gentleman Funeral Home in Omaha was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to All Saints Hospital in consideration of their care during her illness, or to the American Diabetes Assn.


Foster [Foster, William Goodell, Jared Henry, James, James, Phineas, Isaac, John, John] died at his home in Featherston, New Zealand, on July 18, 1997. Foster grew up in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., and attended Exeter. He took part in the ROTC until the Marines tempted him away through the V-12 program and Japanese-language training, which he later used in Korea. Returning to Princeton, he wrote his thesis on the St. Lawrence Seaway and headed toward a career as an economist. He worked in the U.S. State Department's intelligence and research section and with the Agency for International Development. His travels and assignments took him to London, Paris, Geneva, Korea, Japan, both Congos, Saigon, Manila, Bangkok and eventually to Wellington, New Zealand. For the last 20 years, Foster lived in New Zealand with his fourth wife, Helene, teaching high school, playing tennis, raising retrievers, and engaging in horticulture. A number of Foster's friends and family assembled July 26, 1997, at the Bethesda Unitarian Church, near Washington, D.C., for a memorial service; Alan Lukens represented the class. Foster is survived by his four wives, Jean, Terry, Mary Lou, and Helene; five children, Suzanne, Judith Barnhard, Steven, James, and John; a brother, Alfred; and three grandchildren.


Fern, widow of Loren Lee Parmley [Walter "Lee" Lee, Alvis Theodore, Garner, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel] and a resident of Boring, Clackamas County, Ore., died Jan. 2, 1997. She was born Oct. 2, 1904, in Centerville, Linn County, Kan., the daughter of Waverly and Rose Bishop, got married in 1924 and moved to Denver, Denver County, Colo., where she worked for Denver Dry Goods. Several years later, the family moved to Divide, Teller County, Colo., where the couple owned Parmleys Market for 40 years and she was the assistant postmaster. She also opened a restaurant. In 1968 she retired and moved to Osawatomie, Miami County, Kan. Survivors include daughters Mary Harp of Boring, Patricia Sullivan of Exeter, Tulare County, Calif. and Teresa Read of Louisburg, Miami County, Kan.; 16 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975, and a granddaughter. Burial was at Osawatomie Cemetery. The Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home of Osawatomie was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Osawatomie.


Harold, of Portland, Conn., died May 15, 1997, at his son's home in Moodus. He was the husband of the late Shirley (Parmelee) [Howard Francis, Charles C., Charles N., William, Noah, Eliphuz, Joel, Joel, John, John] who died on Dec. 15, 1996. He was born Feb. 13, 1910, in Pomfret, Conn., the son of Henry H. and Genny L. (Peterson) Murray and had lived in Portland for more than 35 years. Harold was a painter for most of his life with the Painter's union. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Middletown, Conn.


Jean [George Waldo, George W., George, Epaphroditus, Aaron, Cornelius, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Haddam, Conn., died June 22, 1997, at Middlesex Hospital. She was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Essex, Conn., the daughter of George Waldo and the late Mildred (Foss) Parmelee. She and her husband, John, were partners of Jem Wire Inc. of Middletown. She had been Haddam's registrar of voters, a former board member of the Haddam Public Health Assn. and former member of St. Peter's Ladies Guild.


Jordan [Matthew John, John Howard, Howard Ellsworth, Manning Ellsworth, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died July 11, 1997, at University Hospitals, Iowa City Iowa, from injuries he suffered in an auto accident the day before. He was born Feb. 11, 1994, at Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Matthew John "Matt" and Lesa Parmely. He was preceded in death by his dog, Cody. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Brooke Elizabeth; a brother, Ryan; maternal grandparents Don and Freda Carrothers; paternal grandparents, John Howard and Betty Lou (Coonrod) Parmely; aunts and uncles.


Katherine, widow of Robert Wellington Parmelee [Charles Wellington, Orren M., Erastus Kellogg, Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] and a retired real estate agent, died Feb. 2, 1997, at the Village Square Nursing Center in Vista, San Diego County, Calif., they city she lived in for the past 32 years. She was born Feb. 18, 1916, in Moulton, Appanoose County, Iowa. Among her survivors are sons Max Schneider of Hutchinson, Reno County, Kan., and Jimmy Schneider of Murrieta, Riverside County, Calif.; daughter Candy Garcia of Vista; eight grand- and 11 great-grandchildren. Her ashes were buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. Allen Bros. Mortuary, Vista Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.


Leona [Henry Seward, William "Hank" Henry, Stephen Asa, Amos, Amos, David, Joshua, John, John] died Oct. 25, 1997, at her home in Vallejo, Calif. Leona was an elementary school teacher for several years at North Fork, Calif. She was born Sept. 22, 1917, a daughter of Henry Seward and Grace Cynthia (Candell) Palmerlee, at Ashland, Ore., and grew up in North Sacramento, Calif. She and her husband, Vernon, who died in 1996, moved to Vallejo in 1948. She is survived by three sons, Thomas Rude of Vallejo, Gerald Rude of Prather, Calif., and Dennis Rude of Vacaville, Calif.; a daughter, Cynthia Henry of Vacaville; a stepson, Vernon Adams of Los Angeles; eight grandsons, three step-granddaughters and two step-great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald, in 1975; a sister, Enid; and a brother, Charles. Burial was at Vallejo's Sunrise Memorial Cemetery.


Mabel [William "Mann," John Henry, John, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died April 14, 1997, at her home in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. Mabel was born Sept. 20, 1913, in Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, the daughter of William "Mann" and Rebel (Trice) Parmelly. She was a retired sales clerk, having worked in the shoe departments of Minter's, Grissom's and Thornton's department stores. She was a member of Caps United Methodist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Survivors include a brother, Klaus, of Abilene, and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to her church, at 6501 Highway 227, Abilene TX 79606; or the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford St., Abilene TX 79605. The Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Elmwood Memorial Park.


Margaret [Edward "Edison" William, Edward Levant, Leonard, Roswell, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Dec. 30, 1997, in Sonoma, Sonoma County, Calif., where she'd made her home for the past 25 years. She was born Nov. 23, 1907, the daughter of Edward and Mary Annis (Wade) Parmelee, in Sullivan, Franklin/Crawford counties, Mo. She was an assistant manager of Alaskan Stationers in Anchorage, Alaska, for 14 years, and an active member of the local garden club where hers was on the city tour for many years. Her award-winning begonias were larger than a dinner plate. Margaret was a creative seamstress, who designed clothes for her family and placed her "designed by Ann" label on them. She is survived by husband Miles and daughter Betty E. Nichols of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0552, or Sonoma Pets Lifeline, P.O. Box 341, Sonoma, Calif. 95476.


Marilyn died Dec. 3, 1997, at her home in Clear Lake, Iowa. She was born July 22, 1945, the daughter of Howard Ellsworth Parmelee [Manning Ellsworth, Ellsworth, Sylvanus, John, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and Gertrude Lillian (Schoentag) Parmley. She was a bookkeeper for the Bangdad Corp. and enjoyed interior decorating. She attended Mason City Junior College and Buena Vista College at Storm Lake, Iowa. She is survived by her husband, Leslie Rae Golien, a daughter, Michaela Cookman; a son, Christopher; four sisters, Claudia Kae Morris, Carolyn Lois Streicher, Joan Kristine Wilker and Debra De Ann Sizer; a brother, John Howard Parmely; and nieces and nephews.


Marjorie [unplaced] of Plantation, Broward County, Fla., died March 13, 1997. She was born June 18, 1914. The T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Maurice [Leon Walter, Ambrose Andrew, Nathan Lord, Beecher, Jeremiah, Abel, Job, John, John] died Aug. 13, 1997, at his home in Montreal. Maurice was born Oct. 31, 1912, at Binghamton, N.Y., and married to Helen Lettice Brooks. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Nanette Bopp and Virginia Edman; two sisters, Alice Cahill and Evelyn Judd; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Richard Keller Parmley [Melvin Clair, John "Ray" Ray, Alvis Theodore, Garner, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Blacksburg, Cherokee County, S.C., died Feb. 12, 1997, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, S.C. He was born Aug. 13, 1954, the son of Melvin and Ann Emaline (Shutters) Parmley, in Houston, Harris County, Texas. He was a sheet metal mechanic for Sanders Brothers Inc. and attended Cherokee Falls Baptist Church. In addition to his widow, the former Danette Medlock, he is survived by daughter Valerie of Houston, stepdaughter Kerri Gulledge of Blacksburg, and sister Judy Turner of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1095, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.


Ross [Arthur, Braxton "Brack" Dick, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Spokane, Spokane County, Wash. died March 12, 1998. He was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Spokane, the son of Arthur and Minnie Abigail (Hedrick) Parmley. Ross worked as a millwright for Morrison Knudsen Construction and retired in 1984 from Alcoa in Addy, Stevens County, Wash. He also operated a cattle ranch in Colville, Stevens County, Wash., and was a member of several Granges and Five Mile Community Church. In addition to his wife, Helen. he is survived by son Kelly of Colville; daughters Patricia Ruden of Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah, Connie Frazier of Spokane, and Katrine Parmley of Gettysburg, Adams County, Pa.; three stepchildren; brothers Keith of Homer, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, and Glen of Jamestown, Tuolumne County, Calif.; sisters Aldea Trimble, Betty Boyle and Eola Schultz, all of Spokane, and Sylva Brownlee of Cambridge, Washington County, Idaho; 13 grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Spokane's Greenwood Memorial Terrace; Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp, P.O. Box 106, Cocolalla, ID 83813.


Steve, the assistant manager for Bell Shower Door in Denver, died Aug. 23, 1997, at his home in Calhan of cancer. He was born Feb. 18, 1959, in Neosho, Newton County, Mo., to Carl E. Parmley [Henry Lincoln, Thomas Benton, William Henry, John, Richard, Ephraim, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and Yvonne Adel (Norman) Parmley. His father lives in Goodman, McDonald County, Mo., and his mother lives in Aurora, Arapahoe County, Colo. He was married to Janene Schaeffer Radestock, who lives in Calhan, El Paso County, Colo. Steve had worked with the Little Britches Rodeo and he enjoyed working around his home in Calhan, where he had lived for seven years. He also is survived by stepson C.J. Radestock of Brighton, Adams County, Colo.; stepdaughters Raquel Radestock of Vail, Eagle County, Colo., and Lolly Radestock of Calhan; sisters Debra of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Sheryl (Parmley) Saphore of Kikei, Hawaii; half-brother Chip Parmley of Neosha; half-sister Angela Parmley of Goodman, Jefferson County, Mo. Burial was at Calhan Cemetery. The Mountain View Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Thomas [William, Joseph Dawson, Thomas Dawson, --?--], a retired physics professor from the University of Utah, died Sept. 15, 1997, at his Salt Lake City home just weeks shy of his 100th birthday. He was born Nov. 2, 1897, at Scofield, Carbon County, Utah, the son of William and Mary (Veal) Parmley. Thomas was graduated from the university in 1921 and returned to teach in 1927 after earning his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He retired in 1978 after teaching physics to an estimated 50,000 students. Though much of his career involved research, Thomas will be most remembered for his teaching. "Students loved his classes,'' said Lynn Higgs, the administrative manager for the university's physics department. "He filled the course with demonstration after demonstration." One of those demonstrations included firing a wooden bullet at a dropping target. The idea was to show that all objects -- no matter what their weight -- drop at the same rate. The target often was the Brigham Young University cougar. "He was hilarious," said Bergeson. "And that was part of what made his teaching so interesting -- it was relevant humor." The university awarded Thomas an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree in 1982. He was honored as the university's Centennial Professor in 1996. His wife of 57 years, LaVerne, died in 1980. Thomas is survived by three children, Ellen, Richard and William, all of California, 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.


Virginia was born April 4, 1912, in Hartford, Conn., the daughter of Paul and Claribel (Smith) Butterworth. She died May 21, 1997, at Salt Lake City, Utah, after a brief illness. She was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a Master's Degree in social economics, and worked as a volunteer at the Crossroads Urban Center Thrift Store in Salt Lake City for more than 25 years. The center, at 1385 W. Indiana Ave., has been renamed the Parmalee Center, in her honor. She was married to Dr. Charles Emery Parmalee [Walter Woodruff, George Henry, George, Eliel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] Parmalee in 1943; he died in 1974. She is survived by three daughters, Patty L. of New York, and Katherine and Clare of Washington, D.C.; a son, Charley, of Salt Lake City; grandchildren China and Joseph; and a brother, Harrison Butterworth of Concord, N.H. A son, Paul, preceded her in death.


William [Charles J., William Lewis, David Lewis, Beecher, Jeremiah, Abel, Job, John, John], a former director of the YMCA at Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., died Aug. 29, 1997, at his home in Country Club Woods, Milford, Pike County, N.Y. He was born Sept. 13, 1907, at Ansonia, Fairfield County, Conn. William arrived in Lancaster in 1932 and was the physical director, boys' work director and swimming instructor of the local YMCA from 1932-58. During his tenure, he helped found the original Camp Shand in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa. He later became general secretary of the YMCA in Middletown, Orange County, N.Y., and a resident of the Milford area. He was a member of the Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs while in Lancaster and retained his membership in the Masonic Blue Lodge in Lancaster. He was the husband of Miriam Esther (McKonly), who died in 1979. Surviving are daughter Gloria Jane Stevenson of Milford; son William L. of Valdosta, Lowndes County, Ga.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Bill [Jesse Will, Charles Lafayette, Seth, Giles, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired Boeing Seattle and Boeing Wichita structural engineer, died April 8, 1997. He was born Nov. 9, 1915. He was buried at Clearwater Cemetery, Wichita, Kan. He is survived by sons Charles "Chuck" and Thomas, both of Ft. Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, and James of Kent, King County, Wash.; brothers Roy and Robert, both of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan.; sister Mary Doss of Clearwater, Sedgwick County, Kan.; and five grandchildren. A memorial has been established with Ninnescah Manor Inc.

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