Ellen O. Parsons, volunteer, dies

Churchwoman had been active in her community

  • Ellen Parsons
Ellen Parsons
February 24, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Ellen O. Parsons, a homemaker and volunteer, died Feb. 16 of breast cancer at her Lake Falls Village home. She was 78.

Ellen Oliver was born and raised in Rosslyn Farms, Pa. After graduating from Carnegie High School in 1950, she entered the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in 1954 in occupational therapy.

She worked as a therapist at the D.T. Watson Home for Crippled Children and Adults in Sewickley, Pa., before moving to Baltimore in 1958. A year later, she settled in Lake Falls Village, which is near Robert E. Lee Park.

In her community, she organized Fourth of July parades, celebrations, parties and community dinners.

From 1993 until last year, Mrs. Parsons was a member and secretary of the Forestry Board of Maryland.

She was co-owner of The Wooden "U," a nonprofit organization that raised funds though the sale of wooden Noah's Arks, a children's toy, for Habitat for Humanity and the Baltimore County Christian Work Camp.

She was a former member of the Children's Chorus of Baltimore, now the Children's Chorus of Maryland.

Mrs. Parsons was a longtime communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, where she had been a member of the vestry, chairwoman of the Altar Guild and a member of the decor committee.

She was an avid gardener and a past president of the Roland Park Garden Club. She was a former art director for the Federated Garden Club of Maryland's monthly magazine, Garden News.

Mrs. Parson also illustrated several books on flower arranging.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 603 N. Charles St.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Roy C. Parsons, a mechanical engineer and principal in the firm of Potter & Parsons; a son, Douglas Guy Parsons of Morrison, Colo.; a daughter, Nancy Jane Parsons of Flourtown, Pa.; two brothers, Thomas B. Oliver of Sewickley, Pa., and Douglas S. Oliver Sr. of Rocky Mount, N.C.; and a granddaughter.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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