Obituaries

Meletha Dianne Parsons

20/08/1945 - 07/01/2021

Obituary For Meletha Dianne Parsons

“Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
PROVERBS 31:31

On Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Grande Cache Community Health Complex, Meletha Parsons, age 75, went to be with her Lord and Saviour. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loved ones.

She lived a full life as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to all.

Pre-deceased by her parents, Alfred & Gladys Parsons; In-laws Maxwell & Gladys Parsons; Sibling-in-laws Bill Parsons, Melvin Parsons, Maxwell Parsons, Cyril Parsons, Wallace Chaulk, Daisy Parsons and Fern Parsons.

Left with fond and loving memories is her husband of 57 years, Malcolm Parsons; Children Christine (Harvey) Gillingham, Keith (Ivy) Parsons, Darlene (Craig) Foster, Craig (Jody) Parsons, Trevor (Tracy) Parsons, Charlene (Kris) Mercereau; Brother Carl (Melissa) Parsons; Aunts Dorcas McKay and Tamer Rice; Sibling-in-laws Neta (Garland) Osbourne, Blanche Parsons, Jessie (Alymer) Osbourne, Bessie Chaulk, Jim Parsons, Gerald (Viola) Parsons, Garland (Glenda) Parsons, John (Beverly) Parsons, Gordon (Sadie) Parsons, Elsie (Milton) Fudge, Maxine Parsons, and Ruby Parsons. As well as a large number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

On Thursday, January 14, 2021 Pastor John Oche Omale, assisted by Carl and Melissa Parsons, will conduct a private family funeral Service at the Cornerstone Mountain Assembly in Grande Cache, Alberta. Interment will follow at the Grande Cache Cemetery.

Meletha was very passionate about her faith in God. She was active in her Church and helped lead the Women’s Prayer Group. As an expression of sympathy donations can be made in Meletha’s memory to
Cornerstone Mountain Assembly Women’s Ministry, P.O. Box 358, Grande Cache, Alberta T0E 0Y0 or by e-transfer to cma04@telus.net

God's Garden
God looked around his garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone…
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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To my brother Malc & family. I am sure my heart skipped a beat when I heard the news that Leatie had passed. I them thought of our relationship and how much she meant to me. First she became my best friend, then my niece and then she fell in love with you brother and she became my sister-in-law and now she is our ANGEL. Her soul is at peace with our Heavenly Father. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Love Blanche.
- Blanche
Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all and sending love and prayers. Garland and Glenda
- Janis Osmond
Uncle Malc and family so sorry for your loss. Aunt Leatie was a very special person to so many. She will be fondly remembered by our family as a beautiful, caring and so soft spoken who always wore the most beautiful smile. You will all be remembered in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love to you all, Janis, Cory and family Hampden, Nl
- Janis Osmond
To the Parsons' Family: so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that others share your sorrow. May God bless and give you strength in the days ahead. Thinking of you all with heartfelt sympathy. Love and Prayers, Lily Miller
- Lily Miller
We hold you close in our hearts today it made us feel complete .you may have died but you are not gone .you will always be a part of us as long as the sun shines . From Shirley Sam and aunt dorcas.
- Marlene
Uncle Malc, Christine, Keith, Darlene, Craig, Trevor, Sharlene & families sorry to hear of aunt Leatie's passing. Thinking of you all during this difficult time, hold onto all your wonderful memories. Distance May separate us but You are always in my heart & thoughts..RIP my sweet aunt Leatie until we meet again. Brenda, & Everett Springdale,nl
- Brenda Butt
It is hard to remain in the world and not feel part of it. To watch others rush about like nothing has changed. When everything has. Grief makes you feel alone, yet you do have a place in the world and others who care for you. There is still beauty and meaning in life, and you will find it again. For now, it's enough to rest, to mourn, and to wrap yourself in your memories. The world can wait. With caring thoughts and deepest sympathy for the loss of a kind woman. Her family are in our thoughts and prayers. From: Marlene St. Jean (Mckay) and family.
- Marlene St.Jean
So sorry for your loss. Praying the peace and strength that comes from above be yours as the family says goodbye to a wife, mom, brother and grandmother. She has left her earthly body and given her glorified one ( no more pain) . She always had a cheerful smile and a friendly word. Her thoughtfulness and kindness are memories to be forever with us. So tucked away in our hearts are treasured and precious memories of a beautiful cousin and friend. So gonna miss this girl. God bless you all
- Iris Upshall
She was always a kind woman to me. May her family find peace and honour her love. Xoxo
- Shawna Couto
Rip my sweet angel your smile says it all we are going to miss you lots
- Maxine Parsons

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What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

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