Patricia Ann ‘Pat’ Parsons, age 86, of Wapello, died at her home Wednesday morning, January 28, 2015. The daughter of Clair and Hazel Stone Clark, she was born on March 15, 1928 at Columbus Junction. She married Jack Parsons on August 23, 1947 at Columbus Junction. He preceded her in death on July 28, 2005.
She graduated from Columbus Community High School in 1946. Patricia was an outstanding partner in the farming operation with Jack. She participated in all phases of the operation. Pat was the first woman in Iowa to get a Chemical Applicators license. She traveled with Jack to Russia when he helped get a long term grain agreement negotiated. Pat belonged to the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the National Corn Growers Association. She was a 50+ year member of the Order of Eastern Star and was a member of the Farm Bureau.
She is survived by her daughter, Diane & Ed Vineyard of Wapello; two sons, Diane’s twin brother, Dave & Marla Parsons of Wapello and Gary & Bev Parsons of Wapello; seven grandchildren, Tanya Patzner, Elizabeth Vineyard, Valeria Vineyard, Trent Parsons, Kristen Svalstad, Todd Parsons, and Troy Parsons; thirteen great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Smith of Burlington; a special friend, Bob Gabeline and his family; and her special pets and companions, Pork Chop and Tabby. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack; and three brothers, Bob, Keith, and Loren Clark.
The funeral ceremony for Pat Parsons will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello. Burial will follow at the Mallory Cemetery, rural Wapello. Continue Reading →