MEMORIAL PARK

OBITUARIES
2020
 

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The oldest family members that I have obituaries for are:


ANDER MARSHALL PARMALEE JR. 1963-2020

Ander [unplaced], an Amazon deliveryman known as "Satch" and "Jersey," died Feb. 26, 2020, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Richmond County, Ga. He was born Aug. 26, 1963, the son of Ander "Marshall" and Catherine (Brown) Parmalee, in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. He attended Lincoln High School and continued his education beyond. Ander enjoyed music and shopping, especially for shoes. In addition to his mother, Catherine Henderson of Wrens, Jefferson County, Ga., and father of East Orange, Essex County, N.J., survivors include brothers Kelvin Parmalee of New York City, Bernard Parmalee of Buford, Gwinnett and Hall counties, Ga., Anthony Royster of Newark, Essex County, N.J., and Eric Rice of New York City; and sisters Tanya Jones of Jersey City, Adrienne Royster of East Orange, and Levonne Reed of Roswell, Fulton County, Ga.

ANN (MILLIGAN) PARMELEE 1927-2020

Ann, of East Hartland, Hartland County, Conn., and Winsted, Litchfield County, Conn., died Jan. 1, 2020. She was born Sept. 26, 1927, the youngest of Samuel and Cecilia Milligan's 13 children, in Cascade, Coos County, N.H. Ann and her late sister Margie were the best of friends, playing basketball in an age when girls could only play half-court so as not to overly exert themselves. During the summers of World War II they'd slather on baby oil (with a drop of iodine) and go dancing with soldiers on the piers at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Ann attended a secretarial college in Northampton, Hampshire County, Mass., and served as a nanny for a young minister's family to pay her room and board. She met and married Elliot "Hodie" Lester Parmelee [Gladwin Earle, Hubert "Burt," Frederick H., Sylvester, Nathaniel, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] who was a close friend of Margie's husband, Gordon. For decades, the couples lived a mile apart and shared many adventures--and pranks. Shortly after their marriage in 1948, Ann and Hodie moved out west so he could attend the University of Denver. Ann worked as the executive secretary for the president of General Motors, covering their expenses that the GI Bill did not and supplying the couple with sleek new cars. After they returned to East Hartland, Ann supported Hodie in his community service efforts in town. No slacker herself, Ann was a member of the Ladies Aid Auxiliary and the Lions Club, a Cub Scout den mother and a secretary at Hartland Elementary School and several architectural firms. Ann was a friendly, flirty extrovert and young architects who'd talked to her on the phone often were surprised to come into the office and meet someone who could be their grandmother! Ann never left the house without putting on pink lipstick ("You never know when you are going to meet the queen!") and was known to celebrate with a shot of Bailey's. Her adult onset diabetes was a testament to a lifelong love of sweets, especially carrot cake, which had to be ordered when it appeared on a dessert menu because that was a sign from God. Ann loved to travel, having gone on adventures to Hawaii, Prince Edward Island, Virginia and summers at the Wright cottage in New Hampshire. Survivors include sons Jeffrey and James, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by son Jonathan. The Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home of Granby was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Hartland Lion's Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Diana Evans, 66 Skaret Road, East Hartland, CT 06027.

ARNOLD DEAN PARMELEE 1962-2020

Arnold [Clifford Dale, Harry Edwin, Frederick Luman, James Edwin, Luman H., --?--], a career mechanic, died July 25, 2020, at his home in Whittaker, Washtenau County, Mich. He was born Dec. 6, 1962, the son of Clifford and Marjorie A. Parmelee, in Ypsilanti, Washtenau County, Mich. Arnold was a storyteller -- whether you wanted to hear his stories or not -- and consistently had off-the-wall comments that made everyone laugh. Arnold took pride in being a hard worker, capable of fixing just about anything, and keeping his cars looking sharp. He was a busy man, could never sit still, always finding something that needed to be worked on or a job needing to be done. If you needed a helping hand or something fixed, he was there. In addition to his parents, Arnold is survived by his wife of 34 years, Tina; daughter Heather; brother Roger; sister Tina Alexander; and a grandson. He was preceded in death by brother Clifford "Pee-Wee" Jr. Outdoor visitation with social distancing and face mask requirements was held at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan. Graveside services were at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Whittaker.

BEVERLY JEAN (PARMALEE) CARTER 1943-2020

Bev [Frederick Allison, Frank O., Chester Alanson, Jason, Luther, Ozias, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a 40-plus-year state employee who retired from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 2003, died Jan. 30, 2020. She was born Nov. 27, 1943, the daughter of Frederick and Vivian Arlene (Warfle) Parmalee, in Williamston, Ingham County, Mich., and was a member of the Perry High School class of 1961. After she retired, Bev devoted her life to her children, grand- and great-grandchildren, attending every school and sporting event she could. She cherished lunch outings with cousins, former classmates and coworkers. Among her survivors are daughters Beki Henderson, Tami Steiner, and Jill Rosenbaum; brothers Darwin "Dar," Dick and Danny Parmalee; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made in her honor to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

CHERIE JEAN (BAYER) PARMELEY 1969-2020

Cherie, of Foristell, St. Charles and Warren counties, Mo., died July 25, 2020, at University Hospital in Columbia, Boone County, Mo., after an automobile accident. She was the [former?] wife of Michael Alan Parmeley [Leroy "Deacon" F., Roy Ambers, Alfred Ambrose, Van Buren, Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John]. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cherie failed to navigate a curve on Horseshoe Bend Parkway near Carol Road in Camden County. Her westbound 2008 Infiniti G35X traveled off the right side of the road and struck several objects. Troopers, who responded to the accident about 1:30 a.m., said she had been wearing a seatbelt. Cherie was born Aug. 3, 1969, the daughter of Tom and Doris (Bollinger) Bayer, in Creve Coeur, St. Louis County, Mo. Cherie was a 1987 graduate of Festus High School and an AR patient financial representative with Kindred Health Care. She enjoyed watching Hallmark movies with pets Shadow, Miss Pebbles and Lulu. In addition to her parents, she is survived by daughters Alexis P. and Abbigail E., both of Foristell; and brothers Tracy and Brandon Bayer, both of St. Louis. Memorial contributions may be made to the "Benefit for Alexis and Abbie Parmeley" at First State Community Bank, 20 Wildcat Drive, Wright City MO 63390. Arrangements were under the direction of Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus.

DAVID LANE PARMLEY 1952-2020

David [Celia Agnes Overstreet, Lewis Bennie, Martin O.*] died May 16, 2020, at the University of Louisville Hospital, Jefferson County, Ky. He was born April 4, 1952, the son of Celia Agnes Parmley, in Burkesville, Cumberland County, Ky., on Saturday, May 16, 2020. David served his country in the U.S. Army, was a deacon at the Created for Worship Church and a die-hard fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Among his survivors are brother Marce; sisters Hazel Parmley and Margenia Hatfield (John); and close friend George Hayes. He was preceded in death by four brothers, including Stanley E., and two sisters. Burial was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery. Newcomer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

* In the 1870 census, Martin was a black 12-year-old domestic living with the white Lewis Parmley family [Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] in Burkesville.

EDWIN 'ED' E. LATHAN 1946-2020

Ed, husband of Grace (Parmelee) [John Howard, Henry Albert, John Howard, Albert A., John Howard, Solomon, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and lifelong resident of Le Roy, Genesee County, N.Y., died May 20, 2020. He was born Dec. 30, 1946, the son of Edwin and Lou (Shepard) Lathan, and spent most of his life in the house where he was born. He and Grace were married April 3, 1965. After graduating from Le Roy High School in 1965, he took on many jobs to provide for his family; some of the most cherished were working with his father-in-law, John Parmelee. He drove truck for many companies, finally retiring from Wegmans, so he could join a carnival, which he enjoyed working with until December 2019. He belonged to the Genesee County Agricultural Society Inc. where he served as president and held many other titles. He was a member of the Moose and the Hooks and Ladder. In addition to Grace, his survivors include children Margaret "Peggy," John and Dorothy; sisters Ann Pokorny and Cyndee Freeman; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Edwin in 1994. Memorials may be made in his name to the American Legion of Le Roy.

ELVIS PARMLEY 1932-2020

Elvis [Roscoe Samuel, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a lifelong resident of Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., died Jan. 2, 2020, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky. He was born June 28, 1932, the son of Roscoe and Gertie (Humble) Parmley. Among his survivors are widow Gearlene (Stephenson) Parmley, whom he married in 1958; sons Gordon, Lyndon and Jarrad; daughters Freda Ford and Malissa Atkinson; brothers Andrew and Walter; sisters Zella Parmley, Ruth Baker, Esther Davis, Genevieve Koger, Pelba Bell and Vannie Hatfield; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Narvel, Lilburn "Lib" and Marion Ingram Parmley. Burial was in the Parnell Methodist Church Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the church. Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in Monticello was in charge arrangements.

GILBERT 'GIL' PARMELE 1931-2020

Gil [Henry Gilbert Woodruff, Charles Roome, Theodore Weld, Truman, Thomas Truman, Thomas, Thomas, Job, John, John], an Emmy-winning innovator in sports broadcasting, died June 1, 2020. He was born Dec. 11, 1931, the son of Henry and Helen (Bogert) Parmele, on Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. Gil graduated from Staten Island Academy in 1950 and the College of William & Mary in 1954, and served as an Army lieutenant in Korea. He combined his affinity for sports, thirst for knowledge and knack for statistics to become an innovator in sports broadcasting, harvesting anecdotes and stats that supported some of the biggest personalities of their day, including Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and Chris Berman. Employed by ABC and NBC in the '60s, he served as chief studio statistician on ABC's "College Scoreboard" show and NBC's post-season pro football shows. Gil created the concept of "a note, per game, per show" which is still in standard use today. Through the '70s he wrote and produced "Frank Gifford's Sports" for ABC radio, the second-most-listened-to show on network radio. He went on to be one of the first employees of Enterprise Radio in the early '80s, and covered the 1984 Summer and Winter Olympics for RKO Radio Network. He joined ESPN in 1985, working on "SportsCenter," its flagship show. One of his signature pieces, "Gil's Goodies," became an indispensable insight for nearly every on-air personality. Gil was recognized with Emmy Awards in 2004 and '05 for his work on "SportsCenter," and was inducted into the Staten Island Academy Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame in '09. In 2018, Gil was inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for his long and accomplished career, becoming the only person inducted into both halls. He was known for his love of family, sports, music, work ethic and his kindhearted manner. Among Gil's survivors are sons John "Jack" and David J. Parmele; and grandchildren Amanda, Bill and Grace Parmele. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, the former Anne Madden, and brothers Russell and Roome Parmele. Memorials may be made in his name to support cancer care at Newton Wellesley Hospital.

JOAN MARIE PARMELEE 1930-2020

Joan, a music teacher and widow of Dr. Norman Herald Parmelee [Francis Marion, Martin "Frank" Francis, Erastus Kellogg, Joshua, Joshua, Jehiel, Joshua, John, John] of Rochester Hills, Oakland County, Mich., died Aug. 6, 2020. She was born Oct. 16, 1930, in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. She and Norman were married in 1953; he died in 1999. Joan graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Music degree. She was a talented piano teacher and studied opera singing. She also was a substitute schoolteacher and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Rochester Hills. Her survivors include son Matthew Parmelee; daughter Carrie Ryan; grandson Grant Parmelee; and beloved animals Enzo the pig, Fergus and Fritz the goats, and numerous cats. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

JOHN CHARLES PARMELEE 1952-2020

John [Wade Charles, Earl Wade, Edward "Edison" William, Edward Levant, Leonard, Roswell, Roswell, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a mechanic and auto shop owner, died Feb. 21, 2020, at his home in Wildwood, Lake County, Ill., surrounded by his family and his loyal dog. He was born June 14, 1952, in Elmhurst, Du Page County, Ill., the son of Wade and Dolores Marie (Furlan) Parmelee. John was the proud owner of Lake County Automotive in Hainesville and involved in coaching and supporting his children’s youth sports programs through Warren Township and Viper Cheer All-Stars. In addition to his mother, his survivors include sons Kyle and Brandon; daughter Maggie Woznick; brother Michael; sister Denise Meyer; a granddaughter on the way; and "the best ex-wife ever," Georgette. Burial was private. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium in Grayslake.

JOSHUA KANE PARMLEY 1982-2020

Josh [Dean R., Lewis Robert, Parris E., Daniel Eliel, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] died April 15, 2020, at Valley View Nursing Home in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Ind., after an extended illness. He was born May 5, 1982, the son of Dean R. and Leslie P. (Carlson) Parmley, in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. Josh enjoyed hunting, fishing and video games. In addition to his father, Josh is survived by son Brandan M. and brother Kyle D., all of South Bend. He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents, Edward and Bertha Carlson, and Lewis and Betty J. Parmley. There was no service or visitation due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hanley & Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Service handled arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made in Josh's name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

LINDELL GALE PARMELEY 1944-2020

Lindell [Frederick Cyrus, Hiel "Hunt" C., Hiel C., John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a retired Chrysler employee of Cedar Hill, Jefferson County, Mo., died Feb. 13, 2020, at Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Mo. He was born Sept. 20, 1944, the son of Fred and Mary Louise (Hochstatter) Parmeley, in Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Mo. Lindell worked for 42 years at Chrysler and was a member of Local UAW No. 136. He was known for his easy-going spirit and sense of humor, and enjoyed attending sprint car races. Among Lindell's survivors are his wife of 54 years, the former Judy Hamor; son Brent; sisters Phyllis Mason, Norma Ruthe Fields and Mildred "Micki"; and granddaughter Hannah Parmeley. Burial was at St. Francois Memorial Park in Bonne Terre. The C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Desloge was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Stray Rescue.

MERCEDES 'MERCY' (PARMELEE) JUNTILLA 1917-2020

Mercy [Bert Baldwin, Clifford U., Aaron Baldwin, Bela, Reuben, John, John, John, John], died in Aiea, Honolulu County, Hawaii, on May 1, 2020. She was 102. She was born in Coron, Palawan, Philippines, the daughter of Bert and Luisa Sandoval (Planca) Parmelee, on July 9, 1917. As a young adult, she fell in love with Alipio Juntilla, a U.S. Army officer in the Far East during WWII. For two years, she and her husband traveled the mountains of Mindanao to lead one of the guerrilla forces against the Japanese occupation. She helped manage the family's logging business until 1975, when she immigrated to Oahu to live with her children. Hawaii was the perfect place for retirement. She dedicated her spare time to sewing, crocheting and solving daily crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed watching Joe Moore on KHON-TV Channel 2, University of Hawaii volleyball games and watching contestants go bankrupt on "Wheel of Fortune." She was the family's go-to babysitter and her love for cooking ensured that no visitor would leave on an empty stomach. Mercedes attended weekly Mass and prayed the rosary every night. When she could no longer go to church, she always looked forward to receiving communion in her apartment. She opened her Quezon City home to all relatives coming to Manila to study or to just start over. That gesture fostered the closeness and kinship within the Philippine branch of the Parmelee family that continues to this day. She helped influence the lives of many family and friends alike. Mercedes is survived by sons Edgar, Frankie, Richard and Charlie; daughters Queenie, Lydia and Magda; 18 grand- and 16 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sons Arnold and Douglas; brothers Bertie, Anthony "Tony," Paul, Vic and Robert Parmelee; and sisters Mary Tansinsin, Maria "Pura" Romasanta, Ruby "Lulu" Pe and Bertha Lisboa.

NANCY LOU (GROOMS) PARMLEY 1939-2020

Nancy, of Red Bank, Hamilton County, Tenn., a retired Century 21 real estate agent and the widow of Haskel Benny Parmley [Haskel "Jack" Du Bose, William Giles, Henson Greenland, Aladdin "Burg," John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died April 5, 2020, at the Hospice of Chattanooga Care Center in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn. She was born June 23, 1939, the daughter of John Leonard and Katherine Clementine (Patton) Grooms, in Pelham, Grundy County, Tenn., and was a member of the Philadelphia Church of God. Among her survivors are sons Jason B. of Fallon, Churchill County, Nev., and Jonathan G. of Red Bank, Hamilton County, Tenn.; daughter Jennifer J. Parmley of Tracy City, Grundy County, Tenn.; sisters Jeanette Bohannon of Pelham, Betty Lawson of Monteagle, Grundy County, Tenn., and Jane Grooms of Chattanooga; grandchildren Jennifer Flanary, Audra (Parmley) Lopez and Abby Parmley; and two great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by brother Richard. Arrangements were handled by the Layne Funeral Home in Palmer.

PAULETTE (JOHNSTON) PARMELY 1953-2020

Paulette, wife of Robert Lee Parmely [Robert Lee, Walter Eugene, Otto, Samuel, Samuel, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Jan. 19, 2020, at her home in Brookport, Massac County, Ill. She worked at the local Dairy Queen for more than 20 years. Paulette was born Nov. 12, 1953, the daughter of Paul and Helen (Baggett) Johnston. She and Robert were married July 2, 1987, in Madison County, Ky. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Clayton Parmely, Robert Lee Parmely III, Jimmie Kimberlin, Wendy Loverkamp, Michelle Lynch, Carol Morris, Melissa Skinner, Judge Kimberlin and Connie Salo; brothers Snooky and Albert Johnston; more than 50 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brother Richard Duff, grandson Quavarius Vaughn Skinner and great-grandson Jordan Doyle. The Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

PELBA WILMA (PARMLEY) BELL 1946-2020

Pelba [Roscoe Samuel, Andrew "Jiff," Miles R., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], the wife of Walter Bell, died July 22, 2020. She was born June 16, 1946, the daughter of Roscoe and Gertie (Humble) Parmley, at Parnell, Wayne County, Ky. In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Delissa Birchell and Kimberly Ramsey; brothers Andrew and Walter; sisters Zella Parmley, Ruth Baker, Esther Davis, Geneiveve Koger and Vannie Hatfield; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers Narvel, Lilburn, Marion and Elvis. Burial was at Parnell Methodist Cemetery. The Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

RUTH GWENDOLYN (KIMBRELL) PARMERLEE 1932-2020

Ruth, widow of Ralph B. Parmerlee [Ralph B., James W., Marcus "Mark" Beecher, James Clark, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, John, John, John], died Feb. 14, 2020. She was born Jan. 27, 1932, the daughter of John and Maggie (Snider) Kimbrell in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. She is survived by son Stephen; daughters Deborah Hines, Cynthia Coffee, and Tina and Ruth-Anne Parmerlee; great-granddaughter Ashley Dunning, whom she raised; and many grand- and great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by son Joseph; daughter Jennifer Karondos; and brother Louis Kimbrell.

SAMUEL 'WARNER' WARNER PARMLEY 1932-2020

Warner [Cecil Paul, Samuel Taylor, Samuel Taylor, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Novinger, Adair County, Mo., died Jan. 22, 2020, at University Hospital in Columbia, Boone County, Mo. He was born July 29, 1939, in western Adair County, the son of Cecil and Trella Emma (Dimmitt) Parmley. Warner attended school in the Atlanta, Kirksville, and Novinger school districts. He farmed with his father from an early age and learned how to repair old machinery. These skills came in handy when, at age 12, he was able to get a cranky tractor started in time to save his father from being crushed by a piece of machinery. In January 1962, in the bitter cold between two blizzards, he married Mildred Rose Waldeck. Warner was an active member of the Green City Saddle Club and was getting competitive in calf roping when he bruised a kidney and had to quit jumping off horses. He then developed an interest in airplanes and took flight school classes at Northwest Missouri State University. He joined a flying club that was formed at Clarence Cannon Municipal Airport (now Kirksville Regional Airport). As his health failed and could no longer pilot a plane, Rose got her license. They often flew to the Mayo Clinic for Warner's appointments. Once the plane died as they were coming in on the final approach at Green City's Widmark Airport. Warner calmly landed the plane, fixed the problem, restarted the plane and put it in the hangar. Warner later got back into horses and enjoyed them until his health failed. One of his mares, Bea, stuck his head in the ground, so Warner put a seat belt on one of his saddles. Warner and Rose also had a large kennel and pet transportation service that kept them busy many years. In addition to Rose, he is survived by son Jeffrey; daughter Lucinda Revers; chosen granddaughter Amanda Starrett; and chosen great-grandson Hayden Lee Williams. A sister, Wanda Louise, who was one year and 10 days older preceded him in death. Burial was at Kirksville's Highland Park Cemetery in Kirksville, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to the Hayden Williams Educational Fund; checks can be made to Amanda Starrett and entrusted to: A Simplified Funeral Solution, P.O. Box 57, Green Castle, MO 63544.

SHIRLEY (PARMELEE) WHITE 1927-2020

Shirley [Charles Aubrey, Charles Dustin, William Grannis, Roctus T., Ebenezer, Oliver, Jonathan, Joshua, John, John], a fabulous dancer, died Aug. 9, 2020, peacefully listening to her favorite music with her sister, daughter and one of her many grandchildren at her side. For the past several years, Shirley had been residing at Billings Lodge in Ottawa, Ontario. She was born Dec. 17, 1927, the daughter of Aubrey and Edith "Mary" (Lumsden) Parmelee. Shirley was also a gifted dance teacher, starting a dance school at age 16. Dancing was all she ever wanted to do, and dance she did. She traveled across Ontario's Ottawa Valley, teaching children and adults to dance. "Miss Shirley," as she was known to her adoring students, touched many lives. In her later years, she taught seniors to tap dance. Her senior dance troupe performed in hospitals, retirement homes, at the Tulip Festival and other events throughout the region. She taught people to move to the beat again, long after many feared they had forgotten how. Shirley's sense of rhythm coursed through her veins, it was deep in her bones. She embodied the jazz and pizazz that make life exciting. Shirley adored her brother Jack and sister-in-law Ruth, her sister Anne Marie and honorary sister Kay Gilchrist; the four of them spent every summer together well into their golden years, surrounded by family and friends at their cottages on Burns Lake in Renfrew County, Ontario. Shirley was a mother of six, grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to many more. She is survived by sons Douglas, Thomas, Stephen and Timothy; and daughter Cynthia Vervaeke. She was preceded in death by son James Dustin "Dusty." Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will not be a public celebration to honor Shirley's life. But if you'd like to celebrate Shirley on your own, put on a favorite tune and have a "shuffle-hop-step" in her honor. If you have stories, pictures or videos to share, we would be delighted to receive them at ShuffleWithShirley@gmail.com or Cindy Vervaeke, 1359 Pebble Road, K1V7R7, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Donations to the Ottawa Foodbank in Shirley's name would be appreciated.

SUSAN KAY (CROCKER) EMMONS PARMERLEE 1954-2020

Susie, wife of Mark Duane Parmerlee [Vernon LeRoy, Vernon "Verlie" Basil, Roy Otto, James W., Marcus "Mark" Beecher, James Clark, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, Stephen, John, John], of Camby, Marion County, Ind., and Venice, Sarasota County, Fla., died July 26, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Bainbridge, Putnam County, Ind., surrounded by family. She was born Sept. 27, 1954, the daughter of Robert "Bob" Bruce and Dorothy Catherine (Schaibley) Crocker, in Streator, La Salle County, Ill. Susie was salutatorian of her 1973 graduating class at Martinsville High School. She loved the Rocky Mountains and lived in Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties, Colo., for several years. She worked for Martin James Accountants before retiring in 2017. Susie enjoyed the beach, bird-watching from her Florida lanai, traveling, blue drinks and music, especially John Denver, Rascal Flatts and Jimmy Buffett. Most of all, she family trips to the beaches of North Carolina. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Michael Emmons; daughter Lori Armold; stepdaughter Amber McCoy; brothers Mark, Robert and Kevin Crocker; sisters Karen Houk, Nancy Casey and Gail Wilkerson; and three grandchildren. Costin Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hall, Morgan County, Ind.

SYDNEY ALYSE PARMELEE 1996-2020

Sydney [Lawrence "Lonnie" Thomas, Lewis "Lou" F., Fredrick James, William Harry, Harry William, --?--], a student at Harrisburg (Pa.) Area Community College, was killed July 5, 2020, in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa. She was born Aug. 19, 1996, daughter of Lawrence and Jillene (Struble) Parmelee, in Carlisle. She was studying to become an RN and determined to be a pediatric nurse. Sydney enjoyed family vacations to Ocean City, Cape May County, N.J., shopping and dogs. Most of all, she loved being a mother and an aunt. In addition to her parents, Sydney is survived by son A’Neek Dakari Anderson; daughter Aniya Rose Anderson; brother Devon; and sister Brittney. She was preceded in death by brother Cody. Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory of Carlisle was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Westminster Cemetery.

VERNON LEROY PARMERLEE 1930-2020

Vernon [Vernon "Verlie" Basil, Roy Otto, James W., Marcus "Mark" Beecher, James Clark, Marcus Beecher, Noah, Noah, Stephen, John, John], a General Motors' Allison's Division retiree, died June 20, 2020, at his home in North Myrtle Beach, Horry County, S.C. He was born Sept. 14, 1930, the son of Verlie and Helen Louise (Davis) Parmerlee, in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., and lived in Mooresville, Morgan County, Ind., for a number of years. Vernon was a 1950 graduate of Martinsville High School and went on to serve in the Navy from 1951-55. He and Coletta Marie Hacker were married Nov. 25, 1953; she died in 1994. Vernon was a member of Centennial Church in Morgan County, Ind., and worked more than 30 years for GM. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, flying kites, and was an avid Indiana University sports fan. His survivors include sons Mark D. and Barry L.; daughter April M. Pompei; sisters Gretchen I. Selmier, Judith A. Houk, Janice S. Sloan; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by brothers David E., Richard H., Carolle D. and Theodore L.; and sister Norma R. Riddle. Burial was at Nebo Memorial Park Cemetery in Martinsville.

WILLIAM 'GREG' GREGORY PARMELE ca1934-2020

Greg [Edward Andarise, Edward Andarise, Alfred, Truman, Thomas Truman, Thomas, Thomas, Job, John, John], a long-time salesman and real estate agent, died July 17, 2020, at his home in Brick, Ocean County, N.J. He had a lifelong love of sailing and cannons. Greg was born in Orange, Essex County, N.J., the son of Edward and Charlotte McPherson (Rowe) Parmele, and grew up in South Orange, Mendham and Summit. He graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pa., in 1952 and Bloomfield College in 1959 with a degree in marketing and sales. He had a long career in sales at J.L. Hammett School Supplies and at Scholastic Magazines before going into real estate with his wife at Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty more than 20 years ago. Greg was a long-time resident of Mantoloking, Ocean County, N.J., until Superstorm Sandy destroyed his home in 2012, the house his parents built. Greg and his brother grew up summering in Bay Head at their family home on Strickland Street, at a time when there were so few houses you could practically see the ocean from the bay. He was a member of the Lavallette Faith Lutheran Church, where he and the former Joanne M. Platz were married in 1993 and where he served as a past member of the church council. Greg was a past president of the Point Pleasant Rotary and recognized as a Paul Harris honoree, and was vice president, trustee and past president of the Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum. He was a member of the Bay Head Yacht Club and represented it in the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Assn. for more than 30 years. On the bay, he was known as "Boom Boom" after serving for many years as cannoneer, signaling the start and end of each race. Greg initiated the Bay Head Yacht Club Fall Sailing series and officiated as its principal race officer for more than three decades. He really enjoyed history, especially military history. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56. He also was interested in his own family history which can be traced on his mother's side to William Bradford (his ninth great-grandfather) and five others who arrived on the Mayflower, and on his father's side to Robert Livingston, the Platt family (founders of Plattsburgh, N.Y.), and to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. His Hill School yearbook noted that Greg was voted "most gentlemanly," a characteristic he embodied his entire life. In addition to his wife, Greg is survived by daughters Deborah Saylor, Laura A. Parmele and Lisa R. Parmele; stepdaughter Margo Limmer; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Edward "Ned" Andarise Parmele III. Due to the coronavirus, funeral services were private. Burial was at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Assn., P.O. Box 5422, Toms River NJ 08754; Faith Lutheran Church, 1801 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette NJ 08735; or Toms River Seaport Society, 78 E. Water St., Toms River NJ 08753.

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