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Mary Jane Parsons

September 1, 1931 - January 20, 2019
From: Webb, IA
Mary Jane Parsons

Mary Jane Parsons

Born: September 1, 1931
Died: January 20, 2019
Age: 87

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     Mary Jane Parsons was born September 1, 1931 at the home of her parents, Thomas F. and Esther (Gunnarson) Saunders on College St. in Peterson, IA, where she spent the first 21 years of her life. Upon graduating from Peterson High School in 1949, she enrolled at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls for one year, transferring to Buena Vista College, where she received a two-year diploma. Her first teaching position was at Greenville/Rossie school, teaching 3rd and 4th grades. On January 24, 1953 she was united in marriage to Elmer Parsons of Gillett Grove, IA, in Jackson, MN. They resided on the Parsons’ farm south of Gillett Grove, where they raised their seven children. Mary Jane resumed her teaching in 1954-56 at the Gillett Grove School, and later substituted in the classroom, kitchen, or office, wherever she was needed.

     She served on the Clay County 4-H Committee in the 70’s and supported the Clay County 4-H foundation. She was a member of the Grace Congregational Church of Greenville, serving as a deaconess, and on the board of trustees. She belonged to the Friends of the Spencer Library, Parker Historical Society, the Iowa Great Lakes Genealogy Society, where it was her passion to help others find their Clay County “Roots”. She kept busy in her flower gardens, quilting, or working cross-word puzzles. She enjoyed life on the farm, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all the trials life brought and trusted in the Lord to help her through those times. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Elmer, her brother, Bruce Saunders, her son, Dennis Parsons, her daughter, Chris Beck, and a brother-in-law, Jim Wright.

     She is survived by 5 of her 7 children: Tamra Riecke (Gary) of Bigfork, MT, Janeen Madson (Bill) of Webb, Janel Maurer (Dave) of Spencer, Joel Parsons (Tonna) of Webb and Darryl Parsons of Spencer; 11 grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; 22 great-grandchildren; 5 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a son-in-law, Larry Beck of Spencer; one sister, Nancy Wright; one sister-in-law, Jean Saunders; one Swedish foreign exchange student (1985-1986), Peter Ulrik Karlsson (Cissi); nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

     In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established by the family.
Memorial services will take place 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 30 at the Greenville Congregational Church in Greenville.
Rev. Trish Underberg
Her Grandchildren
Visitation will take place Tuesday, January 29, starting at 5:00 P.M., with family present from 5-7:00 P.M., at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"In The Garden"
"Nearer My God To Thee"
"God Be With You"

Verlie Amis
North Lawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa


Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:31 AM
“•You can find peace in the good memories that you have.”
- Karla Marker-Puttman
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:57 PM
“Tonna and Joel - I am sorry to hear about your Mother-in-law/Mother's passing. It's both sad and a blessing when our parents leave us. May you be surrounded by God's loving arms just as Mary Jane is also experiencing now. Blessings ”
- Donna Gray
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7:28 PM
“Mary Jane Saunders was my 4th grade teacher in Greenville. If I was asked today, who was your all time favorite teacher, it would be her name that I would say. After she became Mrs. Parsons she had a secret to tell me. She said that she had given her baby my name. That was the first time that I felt that I had been bestowed a special honor. ”
- Tamra Sue Black Gullickson
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7:28 PM
“We will miss you GG!! You will always be in our hearts and memories. We will always love you and keep your spirit alive. We miss you. May the angels hold you in their gracious arms.”
- The Lawrence family
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 10:24 AM
“My deepest condolences to the family for your loss.Truly heartbreaking. Our Heavenly Father gives us a beautiful thought when He promises us that soon death will be "swallowed up forever." (1 Cor. 15:54) Along with this, God also guarantees that ones who have died will be able to live again. (John 5:28,29) I hope these encouraging scriptures can bring you some comfort during this difficult time.”
- Jordan s
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:22 AM
“Thoughts and prayers. God Bless. ”
- Mike Wienhold
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:45 AM
“Janel and Dave and family I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. May God hold you close at this difficult time. My prayers to all.”
- Shirley Selzer
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:12 AM
- betty nielsen olesen
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:23 PM
“It was the honor of my sister Barbara and myself to find and visit and get to know a little about Mary Jane. Our mom's dad was a Gunnarson, and Mary Jane was able to fill us in on family. I was so impressed with her computer knowledge and her ability to follow the family roots. What a positive person and a treasure ! So sorry for your loss”
- Sandy Knobel
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:51 PM
“So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Prayer for healing through this very difficult time.”
- Carmie Hagedorn Miller
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 1:13 PM
“So sorry to hear of the passing of Mary Jane. I remember going over with mom to get eggs from "the egg lady". She will be greatly missed.”
- Patti (Carlson) Mohr
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 1:13 PM
“So sorry to hear of Grandma Jane's passing! She was a great lady. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead. ”
- Sara Dolphin and Makenna Rogne
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 1:13 PM
“Thinking of all of you. Praying for you”
- Harold and Alice Skelton
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:59 AM
“Dear Parsons family, You will forever hold your mother in your hearts and her legacy will live on in the family she loved so dearly. May you take comfort in happy memories and in knowing you brought her much joy. God’s peace, LaVonne & Gary”
- LaVonne Salton & Gary Anderson
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:59 AM
“Dear Parsons families sorry for the loss of Mary Jane.She was a great lady.Prayers to all of you at the difficult time.”
- Beth Hart Blair
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:58 AM
“Many hugs and much love to you all.”
- Lorrie (Nelson) Waggoner
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:58 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this time. May her wings allow her to fly high”
- Bob & Carla Larson
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:58 AM
“No matter it's always hard to say good-bye. May you all have wonderful memories as we have. Sending our Love and Sympathy
Chuck and Donna Tielbur Milford IA ”
- Chuck and Donna Tielbur
Monday, January 21, 2019 at 6:34 PM
“Janel we are so sorry for your loss, you need anything, just call. We'll keep you in our prayers.”
- Penny & Kenny Glienke
Monday, January 21, 2019 at 6:34 PM
“To all that loved Mary Jane
My deepest sympathies !
May she rest in peace !
And may you find peace in your hearts as well!”
- Rhonda Olson
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