MEMORIAL PARK

OBITUARIES
2012

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The oldest family members that I have obituaries for are:


A. MILDRED (SHELLY) PARMELEE 1925-2012

Millie, retired village clerk of Honeoye Falls, Monroe County, N.Y., and widow of Ronald Art "Red" Parmelee [Howard Baldwin, Isaac, Aaron Baldwin, Bela, Reuben, John, John, John, John, John] died Dec. 20, 2012. Millie, a member of the Village Clerks Assn., 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.

ALBERT MARLOWE PARMLEY 1932-2012

Albert [William Silas, Henry "Lewis" Lewis, Silas, Augustus, Truman, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John], who had a love for music -- he could play any instrument he picked up -- and an impeccable talent for fixing cars, died Oct. 8, 2012. He was born Feb. 6, 1932, the son of William and Jessie Mary (Strome) Parmley, on the family farm near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. While in his early teens, he left home to work and eventually joined the Army and served in Korea from 1951-54. Before leaving the army, he moved to Calgary where he met and later married Elfrieda Klauss. In addition to his widow, survivors include son Walter; daughter Debra; brother Phillip of Courtney, British Columbia; a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers Joe, Roy and Henry, and sister Lowella Irwin. Burial was in Kelvington, Saskatchewan with Pierson's Forest Lawn Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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.

ALLAN WESLEY PARMELEE 1959-2012

Allan [Warren Earl, Earl William, William Henry, Elbert William, William, Phineas, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John], a prison inmate who gained notoriety through his use and abuse of public records access laws, died Oct. 2, 2012, at the Washington State Penitentiary. He was born Aug. 22, 1959, in Hong Kong, the son of Warren and Georgia (Erickson) Parmelee. Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood said the preliminary cause of death was natural causes. Allan was serving 17 years for firebombing the cars of two attorneys after a divorce case. King County Superior Court Judge Julie A. Spector had given Allan a prison term twice as long as the top of the standard sentencing range because of his "malicious, evil, villainous conduct" and history of stalking and larceny. While in custody, he filed hundreds of public records requests for judges', lawyers' and correctional officers' personnel records, photos, addresses, work schedules and birth dates. In one five-month period in 2005, he made 788 records requests to the Department of Corrections, the Seattle Times reported. His attempts to use public records requests to harass people and agencies spurred state legislators to pass a law in 2009 which Gov. Chris Gregoire signed just hours later. In 2010 the state Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Corrections had to pay Allan's attorneys' fees after officials cited him under an 1869 criminal libel law and gave him 10 days in isolation. (Photo credit: Washington Department of Corrections)

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 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.

BETTY (FLOWERS) PARMELEE 1922-2012

Betty, first wife of Jack Morel Parmelee [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.

BILLIE JAULINE (ENGLAND) PARMLEY 1925-2012

Billie, a longtime resident of Antioch, Contra Costa County, Calif., and the wife of Emmert "Jess" Orval Parmley [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.

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 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. in Southern California before moving 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, he moved back to Novato to live with granddaughter Sheri Ketchum. Bruce was a loyal fan of the 49ers, having season tickets for more than 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. He also 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.

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," 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. After returning home, he entered Illinois State Normal College in Bloomington, where he graduated in 1951 with a bachelor'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 '60s, 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 '70s, 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. A brother, Ronald C., preceded him in death. 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.

CAROL LEE (PARMLEY) STANLEY 1942-2012

Carol [Reuben "Daig" Everett, Walter "Lee" Lee, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died April 5, 2012, at her home in Tyler, Smith County, Texas. She was born March 2, 1942, in Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas, to Daig and Sybil (Bynum) Parmley, and worked for Southwestern Bell and AT&T for 37 years. She married longtime companion Glynne Roy Stanley on Oct. 16, 2002, in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev. Carol was an officer in the Communication Workers of America Local 6214 for many years and a member of the AT&T Pioneers Club. She loved her gadgets, traveling, and her azaleas and gardenias. Carol also enjoyed crocheting, reading and watching TV but nothing made her happier than shopping and time with her grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Rusty Killian of Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas; daughters Wendy Hale of Garland, Dallas County, Texas; Kristy Payne of Keller, Tarrant County, Texas, and Shannon Mackay of Killeen, Bell County, Texas; mother Sybil Parmley of Tyler; sister Billie Sue Sowle of Tyler; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sister Helen Parmley. Burial was at Tyler Memorial Park. The Lloyd-James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at 1301 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, TX 75701 or by calling (903) 597-1383.

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.

CHLOE 'MAXINE' (PARMLEY) RODGERS 1924-2012

Maxine [Amos Guy Leo, Andrew "Jackson" James, John, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died Aug. 30, 2012, at Heartland Regional Hospital in Marion, Williamson County, Ill. She was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Cobden, Union County, Ill, to Amos and Mabel Lillian (Rowan) Parmley. Maxine and Everett Garlin Rodgers Sr. were married Oct. 11, 1958, in Carbondale, Jackson County, Ill.; he died in 1981. She enjoyed sports -- softball for 13 years and basketball in high school -- and crafts. Maxine is survived by son Everett Jr. of Pittsburg, Williamson County, Ill.; grandsons Scott Rodgers of Carlinville, Macoupin County, Ill., and Matt Rodgers of Carbondale; and great-granddaughters Mikayla and Baily Rodgers of Carlinville. In addition to her husband, Maxine was preceded in death by brother Victor Parmley and sisters Virginia Nance and Gertrude Gibson. Burial was at Carbondale's Oakland Cemetery. Meredith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Southern Illinois Hospice.

CLEO ESTELLE (PARMELY) MARLER 1920-2012

Cleo [John Tilford, William Marion, William Tilford, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], widow of Melvin Floyd Marler, died Jan. 17, 2012, in Lima, Allen County, Ohio. She was born Jan. 1, 1920, the daughter of John and Margaret Elizabeth (Latham) Parmely, in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa. Among her survivors are sons Will of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.M., and Edmund, with whom she resided for the past seven years; several grand-, many great-grand- and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Max and Gaylord "John" Parmely; sister Phyllis DeMay; grandson Dennis Marler; and great-grandson Jesse Bradley. Burial was at Liberty Baptist Cemetery in Belgrade, Washington County, Mo. The DeClue Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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, 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 a tester of 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.

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 White’s Institute. A gifted basketball player, he played junior varsity at John Marshall and made White’s 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.

DORIS (BRECHLIN) PARMELEE 1913-2012

Doris, widow of Edward D. Parmelee [Frederick Franklin, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Ward, David, David, Joseph, Joseph, Isaac, John, John], 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 Parmele [unplaced], 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, NY 14432.

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 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.

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 of 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 L. 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.

GEORGIA MAY (LANGSTAFF) PARMLEY 1933-2012

Georgia, widow of Clifford Alberton Parmley [Lester Dae, Myron Bryan, Richard Franklin, Dennis A., Lemuel, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] 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. 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.

HELEN (GROSSE) PARMLEY 1925-2012

Helen, an award-winning Dallas Morning News religion reporter and editor for 22 years and the widow of Paul Stanley Parmley [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. 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 high school prepared her for a career in journalism and to work The New York Times crossword 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 didn’t 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 up with everything. She knew everything about everybody’s 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 was flown at half-staff for a day in her memory. (See the newspaper's tribute.)

HELEN DOROTHY (PARMERLEE) ALLGOOD 1920-2012

Helen [Edgar, Marcus "Mark" Hurlburt, 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- 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.

HELEN 'MARJORIE' MARJORIE (OBER) PARMLEY 1922-2012

Marjorie, widow of Cecil J. Parmley [Philmore Bethel, James Emery, James, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] 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.

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. Sixth St., San Bernardino, CA 92410.

JEAN (WATSON) PARMLY 1915-2012

Jean, an art teacher and the widow of John B. Parmly [Dalton, Ehrick Alexander, Eleazer, Eleazer, Jehiel, Stephen, Stephen, John, John], 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.

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 the late 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 www.jdrf.org.

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. He was born Jan. 27, 1944, the son of Hollis Nunley and Lillian (Perkins) Parmley, at Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas. His wife, the former Dyan Dale Pilkington, died in 2010. Graveside services were held at Simpson Campground Cemetery at Woden.

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 (McKinley) 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.

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.

LERA (SPARKS) PARMLEY 1917-2012

Lera, widow of John "Wells" Wells Parmley [Lawrence "Pete" Eugene, John Edward, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, died March 20, 2012. She was born April 11, 1917, in Nacogdoches County to Clark and Vergie (Noble) Sparks. As the oldest child, Lera was a caretaker of her siblings, a devoted wife of 64 years, a talented cook and hostess of many family gatherings. She was an active member of the Fredonia Hill Baptist Church for many years until her health declined. Survivors include daughter Carolyn Shadowens; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brothers Kirby and Wilford Sparks. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sister Dorothy Stevens. Burial was at Nacogdoches' Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements were under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors of Nacogdoches. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn., Bank of America, c/o AHA Memorial, PO Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284.

MARJORIE LEE (DE VOE) PARMELE 1923-2012

Marjorie, wife of Jack Graham Parmele [Frederick Albert, James Mabie, Walter, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], died Feb. 7, 2012, at Rose Hill, Butler County, Kan. She was born Feb. 26, 1923, in Columbus, Cherokee County, Kan., the daughter of Clyde E. and Marie C. (Childers) De Voe. She and Jack were married in 1941 in Girard, Crawford County, Kan. 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, Kan.; 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, Kan.

MYRNA (BEASLEY) BIRNIE PARMELE 1923-2012

Myrna, wife of Calvin "Ursel" Parmele [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 of 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 Assn. 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 belonged 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.

RALPH DARRELL PARMELY 1924-2012

Ralph [Ralph, James Alvis, Thomas J., Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a U.S. 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.; brother Lee R. of Corinth, Alcorn County, Miss.; 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, and brothers James "Arthur," Thomas M., William D. and Robert "Bobby" J. Arrangements were handled by the Shelton-Hunt Funeral Home.

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.

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.

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.

RUTH (SEWALL) PARMELEE 1917-2012

Ruth, widow of Robert Edwin Parmelee [Gardiner Philander, Gardiner Henry, Zeno "Philander," Zeno, Gardner, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and a former professor of piano at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Lawrence County, Pa., died Oct. 25, 2012, at Briar Hill Care Residence in Middlefield, Geauga County, Ohio, after a short illness. She was born Jan. 16, 1917, the daughter of Walter C. and Mary (Cox) Sewall. She received her bachelor of music and did graduate work at Westminster College. She played organ and piano for the Fred Waring Orchestra, and taught music and choir in the Shaker Heights and Chagrin Falls (Ohio) school districts. Ruth is survived by son Richard of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and daughter Kathryn of Belmont, Middlesex County, Mass. Donations may be made in her name to the Mesopotamia Volunteer Fire Department.

SANDRA C. (BRIGGS) PARMELEE 1944-2012

Sandra [unplaced] 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.

SYBIL EVELYN (BYNUM) PARMLEY 1922-2012

Sybil, widow of Reuben "Daig" Everett Parmley [Walter "Lee" Lee, George Washington, Edward Mitchison, Samuel, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died April 2, 2012, at her home in Tyler, Smith County, Texas. She was born April 16, 1922, in Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, to John Henry and Lydia (Herod) Bynum. She was a member of the Broadway Church of Christ. In addition to her husband of 63 years, Sybil was preceded in death by daughters Helen Marie Parmley and Carol Lee Stanley; five brothers; and three sisters. Her survivors include daughter Billie Sue Sowle of Tyler; sister Mary Doris Bynum Lawrence, of Frisco, Collin and Denton counties, Texas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services were held at the Broadway Church of Christ with son-in-law Dwight Sowle officiating. Burial was at McKnight Cemetery in Cushing, Nacogdoches County, Texas, under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

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.

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 May (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.

YVONNE MARIE (DUPREY) PARMELEE 1920-2012

Yvonne, a homemaker and the wife of Richard Burton Parmelee [Harold Burton, Burton Munroy, Munroy D., Harvey Harry, Asaph, Asaph, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], 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, she 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.

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