Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 20, 2014
Leila Parsons

Dick & Marzine Parsons ~1980 copyLeila Marzine Green Parsons died Feb. 19, 2014 after a sudden heart attack.  She was born Oct. 9, 1923 at her Grandma Green’s home on 250 W. Cherry St. in Grantsville, the daughter of Edward Horman Green and Florence Willridge Johnson.  Obit Leila Parsons BHer childhood nickname was “Monnie,” but her father preferred to call her “Snookie.” She grew up in Grantsville in a close-knit family and remembered The Great Depression, candles on the Christmas tree, and dancing around the May Pole.  She especially enjoyed writing themes and was thrilled when she won first place in a contest at school.  In 1942 she graduated from Grantsville High School and then attended Stevens-Henager Business College while staying with relatives in Salt Lake City. She was trained in cryptography (writing with disappearing ink) at Tooele Ordnance Depot (TOD).  She also worked as a clerk typist and ran the teletype.  She made many friendships at work and wrote to them throughout her life.  In 1947, she was chosen as Tooele County Centennial Queen and also received the honor of being Miss TOD. During this time period she was introduced to Richard (Dick) Herman Parsons, who had just been released from service with the U.S. Navy.  They dated for three years prior to being married on March 11, 1949, and continued their courtship adoring each other throughout their marriage.  They were sealed together for time and all eternity on Aug. 7, 1975, in the Salt Lake Temple.  After Dad’s death in 2012, she missed him so much and frequently mentioned how good he was to her and how much she would love to be able to talk to him. Mom enjoyed reading, and had an encyclopedic memory of verses and quotes that she would share with us.  She was an avid fan of Jeopardy, as well as Wheel of Fortune.  She knew most of the answers to the Jeopardy questions, and could have won a fortune. She always had a joke to tell at family gatherings.  Mom especially loved to illustrate and create poems for the different holidays throughout the years, and would send birthday cards and letters with her own special touch.  They were a joy to all who received them. Mom was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She served faithfully for many years in her various callings.  One of her favorite callings was serving as an Employment Missionary with Dad in 1998.  The last few years she still sent cards and letters to all she knew, and was called to be a letter writing visiting teacher and friend. She took an active part in the Sand Lily Camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneer Chapter. Everybody thought of her as their special friend.  Most mornings she would start her day by creating a card or letter to send to someone, and we often found her word lists, cut-out pictures, or draft illustrations for creating her numerous poems and letters. Mom was known for always dressing and acting like a lady.  Friends and strangers often commented on her outfit or brooch.  When she was younger she loved to entertain and bake goodies for other people.  Her family loved her lemon meringue pie and her delicious orange cake was a family reunion favorite. She is survived by her daughter, Paula (Henry) Thomas, son, Kent (Sheryl) Parsons, sisters, Leah Jones and Lola Sutton (Grantsville), Gloria Ostler (Sandy) and Kenneth “Terry” (Grantsville).  She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Her parents, loving husband, Dick, sister Arva Adams and brothers Bill and Keith Green preceded her in death.  Her sister, Deloris Green, and grandson, Michael Parsons, died as infants. Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the LDS Chapel located at 196 N. Pinehurst Ave. in Tooele.  Friends and relatives may express condolences 90 minutes prior to the service.  Interment will be in the Tooele City Cemetery next to her beloved husband. The family would like to thank all those friends and relatives who have loved Mom over the years.  We also appreciate the great staffs at Mountain West Medical Center and Tate Mortuary for their kindness the last few days. Mom, we thank you for teaching us to show kindness to others (especially the unfortunate), to gladly give service, and for being a great example of integrity and outstanding Motherhood.  We will miss you so much, but know you are thrilled to be with Dad once again.

One thought on “Leila Parsons

  1. A beautifully written tribute for a beautiful lady. The world has truly lost a wonderful and amazing woman. I have known Mrs. Parsons literally my entire life. I was privileged to grow up in the same neighborhood with the Parsons family and have experienced first hand her kindness and generosity. May the family find peace in knowing they will be with her once again. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with the family.

    Jeannine Farrington

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