Ethel Parkhurst

Ethel Clariece Parkhurst

Ethel Clariece Parkhurst, age 91 was born November 1, 1922 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Jesse and Hazel Jourdain.  Throughout her life she was known as Clariece.

Following graduation from Lansing Eastern High School she became legal secretary to the Prosecuting Attorney of Lansing, Michigan.

During WWII she became a Yeoman First Class and was assigned to the office of the Secretary of the Navy in Washington, D.C.   Following WWII she held positions with United Nations in New York and Social Services in Michigan.  She attended Western Michigan University where she completed the Air Transportation Course and earned her pilots license.  Then she became a stewardess for United Airlines stationed in Los Angeles.

In 1948 Clariece Jourdain married Robert G. Parkhurst of Schenectady, New York, an employee of General Electric Company.  After living in Venezuela and Mexico a number of years, the Parkhursts were located in Wilton, Connecticut and moved to Brookfield, Wisconsin where they lived for 25 years.

In 1986 the Parkhursts moved to Clearwater, Florida where they enjoyed many cruises, golfing, and were members of the Union Street Methodist Church.

When Clariece's husband died October 2011, her remaining years were spent in Cedar Park, Texas where she had frequent visits from her son's family.

The Parkhursts were blessed with three children:  Mrs. Carol Ann Tullio of Northridge California; Mr. Robert Parkhurst of Cedar Park Texas; and Mrs. Susan J. Shoemaker of Roscommon, Michigan; six grandchildren Peter, Paul, Elizabeth, Rachel, Joshua, and Allsion; and three great-grandchildren Caleb, Jeremiah, and Abel:

A private family memorial will be held to honor Clariece at a future date.

The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.  Family and friends are encouraged to share remembrances and condolences online in Clariece's Book of Memories at


Funeral Home

Pray Funeral Home, Inc.
401 West Seminary Charlotte, MI 48813
(517) 543-2950

Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 20, 2014