CHARLOTTE -- Our beloved mother, Mary Susan Norris Parnell, passed away peacefully with us (her daughter and son) holding her hands at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 1, 2009, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.
Mother was the daughter of Mary Susan Dilling and Robert Brown Norris Jr. She was born in Presbyterian Hospital on June 15, 1926 and lived in Charlotte her entire life. She graduated from Central High School, attended Queens College and graduated from Greensboro College. She was an art teacher at Cochrane Junior High for many years.
Mother met Daddy through a blind date at a baseball game. He became the love of her life and they were married 51 years before his passing in October 1999. We feel blessed to have had wonderful, loving parents with a strong faith in the Lord. She was a member of Third Presbyterian Church, having served as a teacher, choir member, youth group chaperone, circle chair and Presbyterian Women president, receiving the honor of Life Membership.
In addition to her parents, Mother was predeceased by her husband, James William (Bill) Parnell Jr.; son, James William (Bill) Parnell III; and daughter, Jenny Lynn Parnell.
She is survived by her daughter, Marion Parnell Bradner and husband, Chappy and their children, William and Patrick; son, Robert Parnell and wife, Becky and her children, Deanna Bradner and Jason Summit; son, Bill's children, Zac and Meredith Parnell; and sister-in-law, Mary Parnell Willis. Also special to Mother were Jason and Joshua Bradner as well as other family and friends.
A celebration of Mother's life will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial. The family will greet friends from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial to Third Presbyterian Church, 4019 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205 or the Humane Society of Charlotte, 2700 Toomey Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203-5556.
"And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."
McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212, 704-334-6421, is in charge.