BRATTLEBORO - Lorraine Emma Barnett Parsons, 90, formerly of Wilmington and a resident of Valley Cares in Townshend, died Saturday, November 27, at Pine Heights Nursing Home.
Lorraine was born in Cabot on October 18, 1931, the daughter of the late Ashley Charles and Sara Elizabeth Clarke Barnett, and attended schools in Cabot. Lorraine enjoyed her home and worked on the family farm for many years, as well as cleaning houses. Lorraine married Richard Emery Parsons, of Townshend, in Wilmington on November 11, 1949. She and her husband built their home in Wilmington in 1964, with the help of a family friend.
She enjoyed crafts, solving crossword puzzles, making people smile, listening to country music, and was an avid reader. She cherished times spent with her family and reading about her great-grandchildren’s hockey games. She enjoyed spending time with her sister-in-law and best friend, Shirley Crawford. She was a charter member of the Wilmington Flea Market and enjoyed birds, especially cardinals.
Lorraine was preceded in death by a great-grandchild and siblings Elwin (“Doodle”), Robert, William, Philip, Paul, and Carleton Barnett, Louise Richardson, and Madeline Law. She is survived by her husband Richard Emery Parsons; children Richard Ashley Parsons, of Brattleboro, and Sandra Ruby O’Neal, of Hinsdale, NH; five grandchildren: Douglas O’Neal, Michelle (O’Neal) Foster, Sarah O’Neal, Richard Parsons, and Kimberly (Parsons) Gassett; 10 great-grandchildren; and 69 nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services for Lorraine will be held Friday December 3, at 12 pm in Riverview Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours. If friends desire gifts in Lorraine’s memory may be made to Valley Cares, c/o Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.