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Kathryn Smith Parson

February 18, 1921 — January 1, 2021

Kathryn Smith Parson, 99, of Waynesburg, formerly of Wind Ridge, died at 1:34 p.m. January 1, 2021 at her home, after being in failing health for the past several months.

She was born February 18, 1921, in Center Twp. Greene County, a daughter of the late Edward Stanley and Lillie Mae Smalley Smith.

On June 24, 1939, she married Charles Parson, Jr., who died April 5, 1994.

She was a lady of many talents, including musical, a great cook and seamstress. She made many beautiful quilts in her lifetime and refinished antique trunks as gifts to her family. Kate was noted for her wonderful sense of humor, making the best of any situation. We were looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday in February with her but it was not meant to be.

She was employed as a medical assistant with the late Dr. Meyer Sonneborn and was very proud of the fact that she assisted him in delivering 55 babies over the years in Greene County. Later, she was employed by Dr. Patricio and Shin Wu. She last worked in McCracken Pharmacy in Waynesburg.

She was a member of the Harmony Presbyterian Church in Wind Ridge where she was in the Choir and sometimes served as pianist. After moving to Waynesburg several years ago, she attended the First Baptist Church in Waynesburg.

She was a former member of the Washington Health System Greene Auxiliary and volunteered at the hospital for several years; also Richhill Township Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary; worked on the Election Board in Richhill Township; and former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Women’s Gasco Club.

She had very special people taking care of her from Amedisys Hospice. She also had two other care givers, Linda Reynolds and Patty Wheeler.

Surviving are three daughters, Shirley Jones, of Canonsburg, Sharon (Nelson) Stover and Saundra Bayles, both of Waynesburg; two sons, Ed (Janie) Parson, of Wind Ridge and Rick (Marcie) Parson, of Smithfield; 11 grandchildren, Jay, John, David Jones, Jennifer Jones Lovato, Jeff Stover, Susan Stover-Smith, Tim Parson, Steve Bayles, Kristina Bayles Nicholls, Conni Jo Parson Corbin, Jonni Parson Bihun; two step grandchildren, Branden and Brittany Weimer; 26 great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren; also surviving are three sisters, Dorothy Grimm, of Camp Hill, Carolyn (Harold) Adrian, of Carry, NC. and Marilyn Burns, of Cranberry; a stepsister, Lynn Zimmerman, of Jeannette; several nieces and nephews; a very dear friend, Alice Lemley.

Deceased are a grandson Rob Parson; two great grandsons, Cory, and Cody Bayles; a brother, James Smith; four sisters, Wilma Crouse, Violet Rush, Ruth Braddock and Virginia Ekey; a stepbrother, William Meighen and her stepmother, Esther Smith.

Due to COVID-19 the viewing on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. and the funeral on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. will be limited to relatives only and will be held at Kesterson-Rush Funeral Home, LLC. 3275 W. Roy Furman Hwy. Rogersville, PA 15359. Telephone: 724-499-5181. MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND ALL SERVICES!

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer Association, or Amedisys Hospice, 2183 McClellandtown Rd. Masontown, PA 15461.

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