SOUTH ROYALTON — A Mass of Christian Burial will be at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bethel on Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m. for Mary C. Parmenter, 71, who died peacefully on May 18 at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph surrounded by her family. Rev. Frances Conners will officiate. There will be no public calling hours.
She was born June 20, 1942 in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, daughter of Ralph M. and Marion L. (Wells) Crane.
She attended Catholic School in California and in 1960 graduated from San Diego High School.
Mary worked as a bookkeeper in California before moving to South Royalton in 1979. For over 20 years she served as the secretary and bookkeeper and worked with many priests for Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Bethel.
She was married to Walter Parmenter. They lived all their married life in South Royalton. Mary and Walter enjoyed traveling and especially liked Nova Scotia. They traveled many times by train and crossed the United States on various trips.
She was a member of the St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in South Royalton and later she was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bethel. She had been the part time organist at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and she was an avid reader.
She is survived by a sister, Theta Torbert and her husband, Jim of North Whitefield, Maine; a son, Michael Casarico and his wife, Jodie of Shelburne; two daughters, Carolyn Desch and her husband, Dan of Montpelier, and Marion Casarico and her caregiver, Rosemary Brown of Bethel; three stepsons, Lawrence Parmenter of South Royalton and Alan McCoy and Jim Parmenter both of Wilder; two stepdaughters, Phyllis Messner of Maryville, Tennessee and Judith Ford of Alpharetta, Georgia and many grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Parmenter on February 27, 2013; and two sisters, Gail Collins and Elaine Stage.
Memorial contributions can be made to Our Lady of the Valley Parish, P.O. Box 63, Bethel, 05032.
The Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea is in charge of the arrangements. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
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This obituary first appeared in the May 22, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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