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.