Betty Marie Parsons, 87, of Peru passed away at 12:40 A.M. Monday, July 1, 2019 at Duke’s Memorial Hospital. She was born in Washington, IN on August 17, 1931, the daughter of Jacob Martin and Mildred Amelia Weaver Behle. The family moved to Peru in June 1943. She was a 1949 graduate of Peru High School and a 1953 graduate of Purdue University School of Science. Betty married Philip L. “Phil” Parsons on August 23, 1953 and he preceded her in death on August 23, 2015.
Betty was very active in the First Christian Church, Peru, and loved her church family. She was a stay at home mom until her children were in school. She was a substitute teacher, worked in the offices of Helvey and Associates, was with ASCS. She and her husband purchased Central Murphy Furniture from the family in 1981 and operated it until his retirement in 1992. She also worked for Howard Holdsclaw at Vector Engineering, Ralph Duckwall Associates and the First Christian Church. She was a past president of the Psi Iota Psi sorority and the Peru Library Board. She loved flying and held a private pilot’s license, taught Red Cross swimming, and enjoyed quilting and knitting. Phil and Betty were the first flying trapeze act in the Peru Amateur Circus.
Surviving are her children, Lynda Adams and her husband, Bill, of Roachdale, Carol Parsons of Denver, CO, and Gordon Parsons and his wife, Amanda, of Peru; grandchildren, Cara Wagner and her husband, Andrew, Brian Swisher and his wife, Erin, Bryan Schleppenback, and Jenny Groves and her husband, Jeff; great-grandchildren, Anna Groves, Noah Gail, Jackson Swisher, and several nieces and nephews.
A service celebrating the life of Betty Marie Parsons will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 West Main Street, Peru, Indiana, with Pastor James Loft officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Family and friends with gather from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the First Christian Church.
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