Louise N. Parlette, 99, assessment clerk

July 17, 2004

Louise N. Parlette, a former Baltimore County assessment clerk who was active in her church, died of respiratory complications Monday at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. She was 99 and lived for many years in Hereford.

Mary Louise Norris was born and raised in Lutherville and Ruxton. She attended Towson High School until she married Henry Lewis Bowen Parlette Sr. in 1922 after he returned from military duty in France.

After her husband, a printer, died in 1950, Mrs. Parlette began working as an assessment clerk in the Baltimore County Tax Assessment Office, a post she held for 16 years.

She learned to drive at this time and continued driving until she was 91 years old.

Mrs. Parlette was active in St. James Episcopal Church, My Lady's Manor in Monkton. She was also active in the Altar Guild. As a member of the church's sewing group, she helped make quilts and children's clothing that were donated to Paul's Place in Southwest Baltimore.

Mrs. Parlette was a member of the Mount Carmel Homemaker's Club until it disbanded, and she belonged to the Baltimore County Historical Society, for which she often volunteered as a tour guide. She also researched family history.

She enjoyed her garden and worked in her flower beds for many years.

Mrs. Parlette lived on Mount Carmel Road in Hereford for 30 years until she moved to a Westminster apartment more than five years ago. She spent the last four years of her life at Carroll Lutheran Village.

Services were held Thursday at St. James Episcopal Church in Monkton.

Survivors include a son, Henry "Hank" L.B. Parlette Jr. of Littlestown, Pa.; four daughters, Mary Louise Albright of Westminster, Anne S. Durham of Upperco, Henrietta M. Bull of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Amanda B. McLaughlin of Huntersville, N.C.; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Margaret "Hank" Shirley, died in 2000.

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