The Edmond Sun

December 11, 2013

Fannie E. Parsons


EDMOND —     Fannie Ellen Parsons, 85, of Edmond, Okla., passed away December 10, 2013 at home.  Ellen was born to Rosa Dyer Johnson and Cecil Clarence Johnson on September 11, 1928 in Roff, Okla.  She married the only man she ever had eyes for, Marvin Clarence Parsons (deceased), on May 29, 1944 at the First Baptist Church in Edmond.  Brother M.E. Ramey married Marvin and Ellen and later performed marriage ceremonies for both of her daughters. 

    Ellen’s siblings include:  Lorene Fields (deceased), Juanita Richardson (deceased) and Cecil Louis Johnson of Pinole, Calif.,

    She is survived by both of her daughters and their spouses; Jackie and Kenneth Griffin and Sherri and Richard Lawson.  From those unions came six grandchildren and spouses: Tiffany and Ricardo Colon, Brett and Ginger Griffin, Jennifer and Tiger Sparger, Heather Lacy, Vicki Hoppes and Staci and Duane Allen and 14 great-grandchildren.

    Mrs. Parsons was an active community member. She was a member of the Edmond First Baptist Church, Rotary Club, and Mother’s Club; homeroom mother, nursery worker at the First Baptist Church, and many other organizations.  She was a hairdresser from 1958-1965 and the co-owner of Parsons Jewelry from 1945-2013.  Parsons Jewelry originated in Oklahoma City on Classen Boulevard in 1945.  In 1948, the Parsons’ found a new home in Edmond.

    Ellen had a special ability to find value in all people; she loved people.  If you had a warm smile for her, you were her friend.  She also saw the value in all things old and new; she was a crafter of all sorts; she painted crocheted, sewed, restored antiques and was a collector of many, many treasures.  She made many of her granddaughters wedding dresses.  Most notably, everyone knew her for the bows she handcrafted and placed on the packages she sold in the jewelry store.  If you received a package with a bow from Parsons, you knew you were in for a treat.  Ellen Parsons was a gift to the community and to the people who knew and loved her.

    Services will be 2 p.m. Friday December 13, at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow.