Mary M. Parsons

Mary M. Parsons

Mary Margaret Parsons age 55 passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at her home in Otsego.

She was born February 14, 1961 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Felix and Jeannette Grabowski. Mary was an Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. For many years she had worked at Harding’s Market in Otsego. In 1991 she married Ted Parsons.  In her spare time she enjoyed reading, watching old sitcoms and observing wildlife that showed up in her backyard, especially the turkeys. She loved spending the summers with Ted at Sandy Pines, always telling him how she had picked their spot. Most of all Mary loved spending time with her grandkids who loving called her Gramma Mary.

Surviving are her husband; son, Kenny Miller; Ted’s sons, Rob, Joe and Sam; grandchildren, Lenny, Reece, Aiden and Evylyn; 8 siblings, Edward (Mary) Grabowski of Webster, NY, Jean (Leighton) Dobbin of Richland, Patricia (Mark) Grisso of Wilmer, AL, Joseph (Eydie) Grabowski of Bloomingdale, Martha (David) Simmons also of Bloomingdale, Jim (Margie) Grabowski of Allegan, David Grabowski of Alamo and Carol Grabowski of Lawrence along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Barbara, Ann, John and Michael.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

 Private family services will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to American Cancer Society.

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“To me, she was more than my wife, she was my best friend. I miss you Pita, Love Me”

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  1. Lenny Parsons says:


    We will miss you forever, we will miss calling your roadside grill where we kill it and you grill it, we will miss hearing, “WHO’S IN MY HOUSE!?”, every time we enter, we’ll miss sitting on the quiet deck and watching wildlife while we chat about life, we’ll miss hearing that the sky is up when we ask, “What’s up?”, we’ll miss you sneaking us snacks every time Grandpa says we need to stop grazing like cattle and we’ll miss that beautiful infectious smile that taught us to laugh as often as possible.

    I can’t remember a time in my life when I saw you complain or judge someone else and those are qualities that very few have. Those are qualities that I hope to show my children. You’re always with us, never forgotten and I can promise you that.



  2. Angel Walker-Clark says:

    Sending Our Deepest Sympathy to the family. Till we meet again my friend. Mary will be greatly missed.

  3. Denise Looman says:

    Heaven has gained another angel! May God wrap his arms around her and hold her close, and also her family through their tough time. Losing a loved one is never easy! Rest in peace Mary! God bless all!

  4. Andrea Parsons-Tripp says:

    We love you, Mary. The boys will miss you terribly. Rest peacefully.

  5. Dylan and Amy Steele says:

    So very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing may God be with all of you during this difficult time and the days to come to give you strength, comfort and peace! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ! Sending love to you all !! God bless !

  6. Donna Allen says:

    We will miss you. But go sing with that beautiful Voice.

  7. Jeanette coleman says:

    Mary you were a sweetie. I remember carrying you to be baptized. I remember all those card games. But most of all I remember your laugh. Love Aunt Jeanette

  8. Kathy (Jirgens) Bey says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I graduated with Mary and recall her enthusiasm and energy as well as her talent as a singer and actor in the school musicals. I do not live in the Otsego area any longer, but did happen to see Mary at Hardings a few times over the years. She is obviously leaving behind a loving family and I pray for you as you grieve, but also hope that your memories of her will stay alive in your minds.

  9. Beverly Parsons says:

    Ted- I am so sorry for your loss of your dear Mary. She loved her boys and Evelyn and had many good times with all of you. We will honor Mary by telling her old stories and never forgetting her. God Bless you, Kenny, your sons, and the grandchildren.
    Beverly Parsons

  10. Dennis & Patti Burchett says:

    Mary…You brought so much love and laughter to all of us. We wish peace that surpasses all understanding to those you have left behind. You are gone, but will never be forgotten Memo….

  11. Tammy Thompson-Drake says:

    So very Sorry, prayers for each and everyone. Mary you wil be missed, already miss your hug. Till we meet again.

  12. Dee Collins says:

    My condolences to the Parsons family, the bible describes a God of comfort, “who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.” ( 2 Corinthians 1:3,4) May God comfort you during this difficult time and may you find comfort in his promise of a resurrection.

  13. Marge Grabowski says:

    Mary, we had so many good times together. You were my maid of honor and my best friend. You sang with that beautiful voice at our wedding. I was honored to be with you when Kenny was born. I will truly miss you so much. Rest in peace. Keep singing in heaven

  14. Don and Arlene Parsons says:

    Ted, Kenny and all of your family – We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was a sweet person with a big heart. Our love and deepest sympathy.
    Don and Arlene

  15. Terri, Andy, Bud & Collette Bradt says:

    Mary, we will miss you. We shared so many memories together, so many years knowing you. Thank you for that. Ted, hang in there cousin!

  16. Kay Miller Snyder says:

    My dearest friend (sister in Law)
    I will miss you so much. What am I going to do when it’s my birthday and you don’t call and sing to me.
    Or sing big blue frog to me.
    You always had a song for me know matter what was going on in my life.
    You sang at my wedding it was so beautiful even if you had to Struggle to holed back tears. You will be so missed. My deepest sympathy to Ted and Kenny.

  17. Melanie Pond says:

    We are sorry to hear about Mary. Are thought are with her family and loved ones. We grew up with most of the Grabowski family…Joe, Mike and John spent a lot of times at our home playing pool. Sorry for your loss. Melanie Pond & Carl Pond.

    • Melanie Pond says:

      Joe please contact Carl or myself. Charlie Rife has our numbers.

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