Gladys Beatrice Parsons
Gladys Beatrice Parsons, 105, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at McKay Healthcare in Soap Lake, Wash. She was born to Cyrus and Hattie Holder in Lake Chelan on June 9, 1911. The family moved to Lake Stevens where she grew up and graduated from High School. During high school she met Carl Parsons after he moved over from Minnesota and went to her church. It was love at first sight. The two wanted to be married right away, and her mom told her “you will be turning 18 soon, so we will see”. Gladys had thoughts of her own and on her 18th birthday Carl and Gladys were married.
Gladys enjoyed free hand painting, oil painting, and singing in choir. She was a professional seamstress and sewed wedding dresses for her daughter-in-law and two daughters. Gladys and Carl helped found the church at Manson, and she has always been part of a church. Usually, a nondenominational, Baptist, or Nazerene. For their 70th wedding anniversary, the happy couple was able to travel back to Branson, Missouri.
Gladys is survived by her son David (Judy) Parsons of Almira, Wash.; three kids she helped raise like her own; Bill Asplund of Wenatchee and Kenny Asplund of Alaska and Joyce Noyce of Wenatchee; three grandchildren D’Jean Martin of California, Teresa Repp of Ephrata and Carla Johnson of Federal Way; 11 great-grandchildren with one on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Clifford Parsons, her sons Gerald Clifford Parsons, Carl Wayne Parsons, and John Wayne Parsons, her daughter Judith Faye Parsons and Buddy Asplund who she helped raised like one of her own.
Arrangements are under the care of Nicoles Funeral Home of Ephrata, Wash.