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Brenda Kay Parsell
  • Passed away on May 30, 2017

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Brenda Kay Parsell, 66, of the The Villages, FL a sweet and wonderful woman went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  She was born in Cincinnati, OH to the late Ralph and Margaret O’Banion.

Brenda attended and graduated from the Ohio State School for the Blind where she met the love of her life Randy Parsell. They were married in June of 1970 and soon after moved to Houston, TX.  She retired from the Lighthouse of Houston for The Blind where she taught braille and was a Braille Transcriber creating braille books for schools and the Boy Scouts, menus for large restaurants, airline safety manuals, The Holy Bible and many other books so blind children and adults could be given the same opportunity to read.

Brenda was a faithful member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church for over 30 years where she served in many capacities one of which was a Teacher at the “Little School” in the early to mid 80’s.  In 2014 she moved to The Villages, FL and became a member of Wildwood United Methodist Church.

Brenda enjoyed traveling, cooking and being around family and friends, but most of all she loved to make everyone happy whether it was offering sound and honest advice as well as providing comfort and emotional support to her family and friends.  She loved to get gifts for friends and family that she thought would be useful to them. Her wit, quick humor, noticeable and memorable laugh, bright smile and sweet gentle personality with a line you did not want to cross will be deeply missed by everyone blessed to have known her.  Brenda will be remembered as a strong, supportive and loving wife and mother who loved to spoil her children, dogs, grandchildren and grand dogs.

Brenda is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ralph “Wayne” O’Banion and parents-in-law, Bill and Jean Parsell

Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Randy Parsell; sons, Chris Parsell and Brad Parsell and his wife Michelle and their children Wren and Ella; brothers-in-law, Rick “Darry” Parsell and Joe Parsell; sweet furry daughter, Candy; grand dogs, Roxy and Balto and numerous other loving family members and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Wildwood United Methodist Church, 300 Mason St., Wildwood, FL 34785 and on Saturday, July 15th at 11:00 A.M. at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 6856 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas 77074.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Brenda’s name may be made to Wildwood United Methodist Church, 300 Mason St., Wildwood, FL 34785 or Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 6856 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77074.

We would like to say “Thank You” to the entire staff at the The Villages Hospice House for taking such Great Care of Brenda.


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  1. ginny martin says:
    16 Jul 2017
    Randy - I was so sorry to see your wife Brenda recently passed away. It looks like, from the notice, you moved to Florida a few years ago. I guess it's been longer than I thought since you last tuned our piano. Brenda sounds like a remarkable woman who will be missed by many. My condolences and prayers for you and your family . Ginny Martin

  2. Brettany says:
    15 Jul 2017
    Brenda was a true ray of light. Her laugh and humor always put a smile on my face. She raised 2 awesome men, who i am glad to call my friends. She will be missed, but not forgotten!

  3. Larry Uptegraph lit a candle:
    24 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 24, 2017 at 6:01:50 PM

  4. Larry UptegraphCBTQ says:
    24 Jun 2017
    It was a pleasure knowing you, Brenda. Though we were apart a lot it was always a riot when were together. I have some much respect for you and Randy. Till we meet again!

  5. Tyler Peyton lit a candle:
    17 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 17, 2017 at 6:02:57 PM

  6. Renee Parsell lit a candle:
    17 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 17, 2017 at 6:00:13 PM

  7. Renee Parsell says:
    17 Jun 2017
    Aunt BrendaIt's hard with you not here but happy to know you're not in any pain any more. Your contagious smile, silly laugh, loving soul, warming personality is missed dearlyI'll help watch over uncle RandyI love you, Aunt B!

  8. Renee Parsell posted an image:
    17 Jun 2017
    My beautiful aunt Brenda
    My beautiful aunt Brenda

  9. Susanna Parsell says:
    15 Jun 2017
    Our love and thoughts are with you, especially this weekend. Wish we could be there.

    Joey, Susanna (Tad) and Zane Parsell

  10. Marilyn Pennington says:
    12 Jun 2017
    On May 30, 2017, Jesus took my Best Friend Ever home with him. I will miss her and Love her Forever but I know she is where she wants to be. I will keep the promise I made to her, that I will be there for her sons and her husband if they need me. I will cry a little because she said it is okay.

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    12 Jun 2017
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    12 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 12, 2017 at 6:49:49 PM

  13. noelia Dillingham says:
    07 Jun 2017
    Love youfriend,

  14. Kathy Carson lit a candle:
    07 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 7, 2017 at 6:27:50 PM

  15. Kathy Carson says:
    07 Jun 2017
    What began as a favor soon turned into a strong friendship! We had a friendship based on our love of the Lord which went beyond the church walls and the Village of Pinellas borders. Laughter, tears, and some occasional "venting" made ours a special friendship which was cut too short. I can hear her calming voice and see her smile in my mind's eye. I know she is seeing splendor in 3D high definition technicolor where she is now! Love and Peace, Kathy Carson

  16. Mary Oser says:
    07 Jun 2017
    I don't know a life without you. You are part of one of my first memories as a child. We were all in the living room on carvel, (My mom, Eileen, Delia, Geneboy, Chris, and Brad), and you gave me sixlets! To this day, whenever I see those little candy coated chocolate balls I still can feel how happy, and special you made me feel. Throughout my entire life you never made me feel less then special. You always had time for me even when you didn't. I never felt unloved or unwanted! The love you gave me was truly unconditional. I am more than proud to be (as you would say) "one of your adopted girls", You truly are my
    "MOM # 2"!

    It is inconceivable heaven has been blessed with both of my moms... I love you Brenda.

  17. Sherry Nuijten says:
    06 Jun 2017
    I have been both blessed and honored to be called "friend" by Brenda. I will forever remember her courageous spirit, her hearty laugh, her strength and her wisdom. She so very deeply loved Randy, Chris, Brad and family and supported, encouraged and gently guided her friends with love and wisdom even when she was suffering. She was feisty, fun and wise. She taught Braille to many, but to me she taught how to live a fulfilling, productive life in spite of challenges and how to leave this life in peace and courage. While you are spiritually with God, a special part of you remains in our hearts. Rest in peace, my dear and beautiful friend, until we meet again.

  18. Nicole Pennington says:
    05 Jun 2017
    Brenda -
    My dear sweet friend. I can't say how much I will miss you because you already know .. it will be as much as I love you. The Lord has used you to inspire me in so many ways.. I can't thank you enough. My time with you in this life is precious to me , our song singing and crying, our prayer times. I'm at peace knowing you are in heaven, in a new glorified body able to see and not to suffer any more. No longer limited by time ... If only life would've been different .. I wish..
    I am so thankful I met you, and now I'll never be the same. Xo xo I love you and miss you
    Love Nicole

    PS : you have a beautiful family & you had great taste in perfume and shampoo. Just saying ( inside joke )
    Until we meet again friend

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    05 Jun 2017
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  20. Melissa Adams says:
    05 Jun 2017
    I've loved having you as family over the past 20 years. You were always such a joy to have around and kept us laughing and smiling. I will miss you tremendously! We love you so much, Brenda.

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    05 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 5, 2017 at 6:29:16 AM

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    04 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 4, 2017 at 6:37:04 PM

  23. Jean and Eddie Bernal says:
    04 Jun 2017
    It was such a pleasure meeting you and your family over the last few years. Your company was always warm and welcoming. You remain in our familis prayers

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    04 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 4, 2017 at 6:29:20 PM

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    04 Jun 2017
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    04 Jun 2017
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  32. Eugene Oser says:
    04 Jun 2017
    Thank you, Brenda, for everything you did, and taught, me over the years. Chances are I wouldn't be alive now if it weren't for your caring advice and the way you treated me just like another one of your sons. You were always there for me and I will always be grateful. I will miss you so much. I will continue to try to be the good man you always wanted me to become. I love you so much. I hope you have found peace after all you have been through but NEVER deserved. Rest peacefully. Always your loving son, GeneBoy

  33. Pastor Wilma Reyes says:
    03 Jun 2017
    The little time I got to know you, I have received more than I've given you. Pastors are supposed to be the ones inspiring others; but you were the one who inspired faith in my life. I pray that I can live my life with so much hope as you did. Will see you on the other shore.'Till we meet again, my friend.

  34. Christy Pennington lit a candle:
    02 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 2, 2017 at 6:41:17 PM

  35. Laura Bernal says:
    02 Jun 2017
    Brenda, I will love you forever and always. You were a second mom to me and one of my best friends. Every time I want to tell somebody something I look down and want that person to be you. You will remain in my heart and my many prayers for the rest of my life. I will never forget you. I love you :)

  36. Laura Bernal lit a candle:
    02 Jun 2017
    Lit since June 2, 2017 at 6:37:37 PM

  37. John Spaventa says:
    02 Jun 2017
    The very first time I met Mrs. Parsell she made me feel like family. She had a very welcoming and warm nature and I enjoyed my time around her. My condolences and love to the Parsell family.

  38. Eileen E Davis says:
    02 Jun 2017
    Brenda was a second mother to me. She was always there for me with a heart full of unconditional love. She was down to earth and one smart lady. She will always be in my heart. There is another angel in heaven now.

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    02 Jun 2017
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  40. Ronit Goldberg Konwar says:
    02 Jun 2017
    Mr. Parsell, Chris, Brad & Family,
    I have been SO FORTUNATE to have known the Parsell family since my high school days and all the times I was around Mrs. Parsell she always had a huge smile and we had some great talks and many laughs. I adored her vey much and want to say how touched I am to have know such an amazing and unforgettable, special lady.

    My heart was broken when I heard the news and I am sending my thoughts and prayers and all that have been touched by her and especially to you Mr. Parsell, Chris and Brad- I hope you know that if you need ANYTHING at all, I am just a phone call away. Hugs and kisses to you all during this difficult time.

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    01 Jun 2017
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  42. Ken Wiltz says:
    01 Jun 2017
    Mrs. Parsell you were a very fine lady, always very cordial and sweet to me and my family you will be missed and loved by many....

  43. Mike and RoAnn Adams says:
    01 Jun 2017
    Randy, Chris and Brad and family,
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    We will always remember Brenda for her beaming smile and sense of humor. She had a great way of making you feel so welcome. She will be missed a lot.
    love, Mike and RoAnn

  44. Mike and RoAnn Adams posted an image:
    01 Jun 2017
    December 22, 2012
    December 22, 2012

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