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Dolores "Dee" Jeanne (Kuznik) Parsons

October 12, 1932 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Dolores "Dee" Parsons Obituary

Dolores “Dee” Jeanne (Kuznik) Parsons passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at The Harbor Assisted Living Facility in Eatonton, GA.  She was 91.  

Dolores was born on October 12, 1932, in Springfield, Illinois to the late Frederick and Beatrice (Burnett) Kuznik.  She was a graduate of Ursaline Academy in Springfield, Illinois.  She married Chandler “Chuck” Parsons in 1954 and was married 66 years at the time of his death in Greensboro GA, January, 2021.  She is survived by her daughters, Debra Grunnet (Michael) of Greensboro, GA, Kim Parsons of Boulder, CO, Amy Parsons Morland of Denver, CO and her two granddaughters, Kerrie Grunnet Satcher (Robert) of Brookhaven, GA and McKenna Morland, of Denver, CO.

Dee and Chuck first settled in Champaign, Illinois where Chuck attended the University of Illinois and pursued a career in Civil Engineering.  Dee enjoyed being a full-time mom to her three daughters and Tammy, their beloved Scottish Terrier.  She was actively involved in her daughters’ lives-cheering them on at concerts, musicals, horse events, and football/softball games. She was never far from the front row so she would be sure not to “miss a beat”.  Dee and Chuck loved living in Champaign, Illinois-they made many special and lifelong friends that they kept in touch with until their passing.  She taught her daughters and granddaughters valuable life lessons: love of family, friends, music, traditions, faith, seasons (fall in particular), animals (especially her granddogs), flowers (daisies and sunflowers), nature, hiking, reading, church, and the importance of hard work.  Dee could harmonize beautifully and often times, the lead member of a band would recognize her for her lovely voice.  The family enjoyed many picnics complete with roasting hotdogs and s’mores over campfires and singing Irish and folk songs all the way home. They traveled by station wagon, carefully packed by Chuck, throughout Illinois to visit family and to Wisconsin, Michigan, St .Louis, the  horse farms in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Colorado.

At age 50, Dee entered the professional work force at the University of Illinois in the College of Agriculture.  She relished her involvement with student life on campus and with the many friends she made during her employment.  Her youngest daughter, Amy, who was attending the U of I and was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority, often included her at parties, football tailgates and games.  Dee attended Parents weekends and Fraternity parties-dancing with students, new friends and other parents. She was also initiated into the Psi Psi Psi; the only national Mom Sorority. 

Chuck and Dee moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1985.  They joined Holy Family Catholic Church which provided leadership activities, volunteer opportunities and a foundation for many close and lasting friendships.  They started an in-home bible study which they hosted for ten years.  Dee researched every group lesson and spent hours typing up discussion notes and questions for their close group of friends.  The nights always included laughter, hugs, food and wine.  Dee cherished her friends and family members by staying in touch with letters, cards, newspaper clippings, bible verses, Daughter/Granddaughter cards and birthday cards  just to say “I love and miss you.”

In 2015, Dee and Chuck moved to a Del Webb community at Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia to be near family.  They were faithful members of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church and actively involved in the Del Webb community.  They loved to spend time with family and made several trips a year to Colorado to visit their daughters, Kim and Amy. They hiked well into their eighties in their favorite Rocky Mountain National Park.  Dee adored her two granddaughters and they cherished her.  She was a fun loving “Gaga”-playing games and dress-up, planning beach fun in Florida, and having long interesting discussions during sleepovers.

Dee was known to many as “the life of the party.”  She loved to celebrate with family and friends and danced more than anyone else at parties and weddings.  Chuck did his best to keep up!  She loved music by John Denver, Willie Nelson, the Eagles, Gladys Knight and the Pips and her favorite dance song was “Proud Mary.”  In her final years in Memory Care, she was very affectionate to all of her caretakers and was still able to tell her family that she loved them.  Her devotion to family will be sorely missed-please think of  her when you hug your family members, reach down to pet your dog, hear one of  her favorite songs, see a red Cardinal bird or ladybug, or stop for a minute to admire beautiful fall leaves.

The family will hold a private Celebration of Life at a later time.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA  (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at   www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.  Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. 

 

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