Obituary: Barbara Ann ‘Bobbi’ Parsons

Barbara Ann “Bobbi” Parsons, 86, Hays, was reunited in Heaven with many loved ones on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.
Bobbi was born Oct. 24, 1932, in Wichita. She and her two siblings, Anona and Eldon “Don,” were raised by their parents, Willis K. and Anna M. Myers. Bobbi was much younger than her two siblings, so she was doted on by her family. She had a very happy childhood, with many fond memories. In 1951, she graduated from Mount Carmel Academy High School in Wichita. She was a devout Catholic. Bobbi met Richard Parsons and they married on Oct. 10, 1953, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wichita. They were blessed with three girls, Karen, Pamela and Jennifer. They moved to Hays in 1964.
Bobbi was a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, chairing many positions and serving as Kansas Master chairperson. She enjoyed many long-lasting friendships through this organization. Bobbi loved sewing and quilting, and made many costumes over the years for her own children, grandchildren and the theatre. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker, kept a lovely home, and had quite a knack for decorating. Bobbi had a love of animals (small dogs), and there was always a beloved pet in her life, Penny and Rudy to name a couple. These dogs were so lucky to be cared for and loved by her.
She had an incredible work ethic and volunteered for many organizations (Community Assistance Center and a local book store, just to name a couple). She was known and loved by so many in her community. Bobbi wore many hats over the years. (She had a collection of old hats, too!) She worked at the Topeka State Bank, Consumer’s Finance Company, Ann’s Dress Shop on Main Street, was secretary/receptionist at Ellner-Bickle Realty, and was the manager of Rainbow Bread Store.
In 2011, Bobbi was diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer’s. She moved to Cedar View in 2015 and then to Via Christi for the last year of her life, where she was taken care of lovingly by her eldest daughter, Karen.
Survivors include her husband, Richard, of Hays; three daughters, Karen Allen and husband Stan of Hays, Pamela Brady and husband Pat of Tomball, Texas, and Jennifer Kruger and husband Kelly of Thornton, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Alyson, Rebecca, Brenna, Jessica, Jordan, Kelsey and Luke; and five great-grandchildren, Xavier, Chloe, Ellis, Tessa and Jack.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Don, and sister Anona.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, January 4, at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, with Fr. Fred Gatschet officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Pioneer Cemetery, Cheney.
Memorials are suggested to the Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home or the Community Assistance Center, in care of the funeral home. Condolences and memories of Bobbi may be shared with the family at www.haysmemorial.com.