Rosalie Ann (Alquist) Parsons, 79, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital West.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at Lichtenberg Martin Funeral Home in Marthasville. A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Smith Creek Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Marthasville.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials be made to Hands Fulla Good News Puppet Team, which originated at St. Paul's United Church of Christ and is now also affiliated with Charrette Baptist Church as well. The Parsons family has entrusted Lichtenberg-Martin Funeral Home with the care of Rosalie Ann Parsons.
Born June 26, 1933, in Wakefiled, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Chester Sheldon and Inez Rosalie (nee-Thomas) Alquist. On Feb. 9, 1958, she was united in marriage to Richard Parsons. They celebrated 54 years of marriage. She grew up in Wakefield and Clay Center Kan. She was a graduate of Clay County High School. After high school, she graduated from Stormont Vail School of Nursing. She also graduated Missouri Valley College in Marshall. She worked briefly as a nurse at Barnes Jewish and St. Mary's Hospitals in St. Louis and was an avid volunteer throughout her life. She worked in many ministies and organizations, including the Salvation Army and The American Red Cross. She was a charter member of the P.E.O. chapter in Warrenton. She started the Stephen Ministry at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church. She was very active with the youth in her church, taking them to many work camps and started the Logos Ministry at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. She also founded the Hands Fulla Good News Puppet and Drama Team and was an active member of this ministry for several years. She always pursued the knowledge of the Bible and studied at Christ Seminary-Seminex, Bible Study Fellowship and many small groups. She engaged professors from Seminex to teach small groups at her church. She enjoyed quilting and pressing flowers to make notecards. She recently completed a cross-stitch piece that she entered in the Missouri State Fair this summer and won second place.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Cheryl Parsons; one son, Tom Parsons and his wife, Marsha; four grandchildren, Molly and Mary Parsons and Ann and Marilyn Varner, all of Marthasville; and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Marilyn Roth; two brothers, Sheldon and Edgar Alquist.
Additional information provided per family recompense.