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Myrtle Genevieve Parsons

September 19, 1921 September 16, 2018
Myrtle  Genevieve Parsons
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Graveside services for Myrtle G. Parsons of Portland, OR formerly of McMinnville, will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10am at St. James Catholic Cemetery in McMinnville, OR. Myrtle died on September 16th, at age 97, at home in Portland, OR. She will be buried there alongside her husband who passed away in 2008.

Myrtle Genevieve Parsons (née Ring), daughter of Gustav Bernhardt Ring and Iva Louise Ring (née Greenawalt), was born May 29th, 1921 in Smith Center, Kansas. Her family moved to Kearney, NE when she was a young girl and then eventually settled in McMinnville, OR. She graduated from Kearney High School. Later she studied at Kearney State Teachers College (University of Nebraska at Kearney), and then returned to school later in life to earn a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Portland.

Myrtle married Eugene P. Parsons, on July 12, 1946 in Salem, OR. She taught 3rd grade at Columbus Elementary School in McMinnville. Later, she stopped teaching to raise their three children at a farm near her parents on NE Riverside Drive in McMinnville. When her folks passed away they eventually settled in Portland, OR where she returned to work as a school librarian at Jefferson High School. She suffered from Retinitis Pigmentosa, Glaucoma, and cataracts. But, she was very resilient and never let her gradual loss of sight to total blindness stand in her way of leading a long, happy life.

Myrtle loved reading (and later talking books), traveling in N. America and Europe, and singing. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, studying nutrition, gardening, animals, and spending time with her family. She was fortunate to be a great-grandmother and will affectionately be remembered by her family as “Gang Gang,” a nickname given to her by her only grandson. She and Gene were active members of St James Catholic church when they lived in McMinnville.

Myrtle is survived by her daughters Nancy N. and Mary Alice Parsons, and son, Charles P. Parsons all of Portland, and grandson, Dr. C. Raj Parsons, PharmD and his wife Deena and their children Henry and William of Vancouver, WA.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital care of Macy & Son Funeral Home 135 NE Evans Street McMinnville, OR 97128.

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10:00 AM 9/29/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. James Cemetery

Hwy 99 N & Hwy 47
McMinnville, OR 97128

St. James Cemetery
Hwy 99 N & Hwy 47 McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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