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Ann Parmelee

1927 - 2020
Ann Parmelee Obituary
Ann Milligan Parmelee, of East Hartland and Winsted, died peacefully on January 1, 2020. The rest of her 92 years was a series of glorious adventures. Ann was the youngest of 13 children, born to Samuel and Cecilia Milligan in Cascade, NH on September 26, 1927. Ann and her older sister, Margie (predeceased), were the best of friends, playing basketball back when girls could only play on half courts so as not to overly exert themselves. They slathered baby oil (with a drop of iodine) on themselves each summer and went dancing with young soldiers on the piers at Old Orchard Beach in Maine during World War II. Ann went to a secretarial college in Northampton, MA, serving as a nanny for a young minister's family to pay her room and board. She met and married Elliot "Hodie" Parmelee (predeceased), who happened to be a close friend of Margie's husband, Gordon (predeceased). For decades, the couples lived a mile apart and had many adventures, often ending in pranks. Shortly after marrying, Ann and Hodie moved out West so he could attend the University of Denver. Ann worked as the executive secretary for the president of General Motors, covering the expenses the GI Bill did not and supplying the couple with sleek new cars. When they moved back to East Hartland, Ann had three sons, Jonathan (predeceased), Jeffrey, and James and supported Hodie in his endless community service efforts in town. No slacker herself, Ann was in the Ladies Aid Auxiliary and the Lions Club, was a Cub Scout den mother, and was a secretary at Hartland Elementary School and several architectural firms. Ann was a friendly, flirty extrovert and young architects who had talked to her on the phone were often surprised to come into the office and meet someone who could be their grandmother! There was no other title Ann loved more than "Gram." She was the Gram of all of East Hartland, not just to her own grandchildren, Jennifer Parmelee Witt, Robert Parmelee, Jessica Paulding, Kristin Mesick, and Jessica Parmelee and their spouses, Matthew Witt and Gary Mesick. She was also a loving Gigi to a slew of great-grands: Elliot and Owen Witt, Brynn Mesick, Anthony Reed, and Lucy and Marilyn Parmelee. Ann also adored her daughters-in-law, Marilyn Parmelee (predeceased), Mary Parmelee Hernandez, and Martha Parmelee, never having daughters of her own. Ann never left her house without putting on pink lipstick ("You never know when you are going to meet the queen!") and was known to celebrate with a shot of Bailey's. Her adult onset diabetes was a testament to a lifelong love of sweets, especially carrot cake, which had to be ordered when it was on a dessert menu because that was a sign from God. Ann loved to travel, having gone on adventures to Hawaii and Prince Edward Island with her sister and niece, Pamela Wright, and spending summers up at the Wright cottage in NH with her niece, Deborah, and grandniece, Emily Vincent. She loved to travel to Virginia to visit Margie's other daughter, Judy, and spend time with her other grandnieces, Melissa Davison and Sharon Davies. Ann had too many friends and special people to name (you know who you are) and she loved them all. There are so many more stories and we hope you can share them with us either at the calling hours, on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 4-7 PM at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 365 Salmon Brook St., Granby, CT or at the celebration of her life on Saturday, January 11, at 11 AM at the First Church of Hartland, 2 Hartland Blvd., East Hartland. A reception will follow the service and burial will be at a later date. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hartland Lion's Club Scholarship Fund c/o Diana Evans, 66 Skaret Road, East Hartland, CT 06027.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 5, 2020
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