Mary A. Parsons entered the gates of Heaven on Jan. 28, 2024. Born April 2, 1936, in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, she was the eldest daughter of the late Andrew Armes Sr. and the late Susie Armes. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Edward W. Parsons, her sisters Sarah Franks, Linda Ellis, and Bonnie Dewey. Mary and Edward raised their family in Greenwood and worshiped at St. Mary Episcopal in Bridgeville.

Mary is survived by: her brother Andrew Armes, Jr. and his wife Roseann; her son Scott Benjamin Parsons and his wife Samatha and their son Benjamin; her son Rhett Edward Parsons, his wife Denise and their children, Mary (Kattie) Krewer and her husband Brenden, Mallorie Parsons and her fiancé Jacob Wroten, Julie Parsons and Oliver Parsons. She is also survived by many special nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She is also survived by her “adopted’ son and daughter Andy and Romelia Velesquez and their children.   

Mary led a life of service to others in many areas of her life. Mary was an active member of Saint Mary Episcopal Church in Bridgeville, serving on the vestry and leading the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) in various roles for many years. Mary was also recognized by the state level ECW for her distinguished service. Mary was also active in the Seaford Republican Women’s Club and served in variety of leadership roles including president. Mary spent four years in the care of Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown and there she led the resident’s council as a spokesperson for the residents. 

Mary worked at Dupont in her early years, then as she raised her sons she worked part time as a caregiver at the Country Rest Home, a rural mail carrier, a driver for LabCorp but her favorite job was delivering flowers for Johns Four Seasons of Seaford. Mary loved flowers and loved to bring a smile to a person when she made a delivery.

Mary was famous for her fried chicken, yeast braids and chocolate chip cookies, and her prolific vegetable and flower garden. Mary was loved by everyone who was able to spend time with her and had an endless list of friends. Mary enjoyed spending time with her friends, family and especially her grandchildren and nieces and nephews, grand nieces, and nephews. Mary gave selflessly to anyone in need and always thought of others before herself.

Rhett, Ben, and the family would like to thank all those who cared for Mom over the past four years at Harrison Senior Living, especially Denise Williams who showed compassionate love and care as well as all of the friends and family who visited often.

A celebration of life will be held on March 10 at 2 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Church in Bridgeville.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Saint Mary’s Church, 2 North William Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933.

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