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Ann Parsley Harper

1946 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Ann Parsley Harper Obituary
Harper, Ann Parsley Williams Passed away peacefully on Friday, June 20, 2014, in Dallas, Texas, where her devoted family cared for her. Ann was the beloved mother of three children, and proud Gigi to nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She was born in 1946 in Houston, Texas to Sarah and Walter Parsley. She graduated from Lamar High School. Having received her honors degree from University of Texas Arlington, Ann spent much of her professional life in the areas of communications and public relations. Using those skills, she taught Journalism at UTA, worked as a key staff member for then Treasurer of Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchison, was the Vice President of Communications at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. She further used her writing skills to compile a book of the history of First Christian Church of Corpus Christi. Both her faith and her desire to alleviate suffering drew her to be trained as a hospice chaplain where she ministered in Corpus Christi. Ann later worked in community relations for Caruth Haven Court Assisted Living in Dallas. Throughout Ann's life, she drew people together with her gift of hospitality and loved gathering and cooking for groups of family and friends. She began and continued many cherished traditions. Ann was the unquestioned heartbeat of a large tribe who were drawn to her affectionate encouragement, easy humor, and quiet faith. What she delighted in, she illuminated. Ann is survived by her mother, Sarah Bertron Parsley of Wilming-ton, NC; her siblings, Linda Parsley McVean, Mary Parsley Mustard (Eric), and Ben Holder Parsley; her sisters-in-law, Donnette Schwissow (Ron) and Julia Edwards (Kent); her children, Graham Williams (Ericka), Kate Williams Ward (Tillman), and Malcolm Williams (Erin); her grandchildren, Haley, Lyndsie, Hayden, Reese, Laurel, Sloane, Tillman, Eloise, and Charlotte; her great- granddaughter, Cecelia; and her nephews, Andrew (Georgia Kate), Michael, David, and Denis. She was preceded in death by her beloved father, Walter Linton Parsley. Ann became assured of the promise of eternal life at a young age when her grandmother explained to her what it meant when "PopPop", Ann's grandfather, had gone to heaven. As her own family was established, Ann wanted her chil-dren and grandchildren to have that same hope and security in her Lord Jesus. Ann was a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, where she served in the area of congregational care. She modeled a warm and unconditional love, which made her faith contagious. The family wishes to thank the many friends and family who encouraged, loved, prayed for, nourished, and supported Ann and her family during her courageous battle with sarcoma cancer. The family requests that friends wishing to make contributions in her memory do so to M.D. Anderson (http://www.mdanderson.org/), Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation www.sarcomacancer.org, Amazima Ministries helping orphans in Uganda (http://amazima.org/). A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 24, at 2:00 p.m. at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230. The service will also be available online at https://www.phpc.org/livefeed


Published in Dallas Morning News on June 24, 2014
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