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Ella Marie Parnell

December 30, 2013

Marie Parnell, 87, died on Monday, December 30th at the Newton Medical Center.  Marie was born on February 7, 1926 in Wichita, Kansas to William and Rura (Waits) Peek.


Marie married Ray Dean Parnell on June 16, 1951 in Wellington, Kansas. He preceded her in death.


Marie retired from the Wichita Eagle where she was employed as an Advertising Clerk.


She enjoyed playing bingo and card games. She was a volunteer for the Sewing Saints at El Dorado hospital and was a member of the Red Hat Society.  As of recent, she was an avid fan of basketball!


She is survived by her two daughters: Anita and Gary Roberts of Newton, and Dianne and Marv Pfingsten of Mulvane; and one brother, Don Peek of Bethany, Oklahoma, and four grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Rura Peek; husband, Ray Dean Parnell; son, Dwayne Ray Parnell, brother, Manco Wayne Peek and an infant brother.


Funeral services are scheduled at 10:00 A.M., Monday, January 6, 2014, at the Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 5, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the funeral home.  The family will be present from 2:00 to 4:00 PM to greet friends. A private family committal will be held following the service in Rose Hill Cemetery at South Haven, Kansas.


Marie’s death was very sudden. She was very full of life just days before her death. The family is saddened with her passing but they will remember her for her love and warmth for her family.


A memorial has been set up for Asbury Park, 200 SW 14th, Newton, Kansas 67114.


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3 thoughts on “Ella Marie Parnell

  1. We were in touch recently and she said she wished we could see each other more often. Her smile was the greatest quality and she was so pretty in the Post Office window as she greeted the customers back in South Haven.

  2. I have only fond memories of Marie. As a child, I spent time with the Parnell family and will remember her for her sweet smile, quick laugh, wonderful sloppy joes, and mostly, just for loving me. I will miss not having you in this earthly world.

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