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Margaret C. Parsons, 92

Margaret C. Parsons, age 92, of Hastings, formerly of Delano, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

She was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Denham, MN, to Fritz and Segrid (Johnson) Anderson.

Margaret graduated from Willow River High School. She continued her education at Gustavus Adolphus College, earning a bachelor’s degree; and her graduate work at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

She started her teaching career in the Willow River Public Schools, from 1939 to 1942, and continued in the Delano Public School system for 28 years.

Margaret moved to Delano in 1942, where there were 12 teachers in the entire school. She lived on Main Street with Mrs. Plath (Pearl Schauer’s mother). Lunch and meals were eaten at the “local round-up,” where the Legion Club in now located.

There was a teacher’s meeting before the start of school and Margaret was walking into school, as a man was walking out. That man was Fred Parsons, who was soon to become her husband.

Margaret was a member of the General Federated Women’s Club of Delano, Delano American Legion Auxiliary, Friends of the Delano Library, and Order of the Eastern Star,

She was also a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Denham, MN from birth to 1957, and the Delano United Methodist Church and Martha’s Circle from 1957 to present.

Margaret was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick.

Margaret is survived by her daughters, Gretchen Parsons, and Christine Parsons-Callahan (John); and a son, Mark Parsons (Kathleen); 10 grandchildren, Eric Sellman, Andrew Sellman, Kristen Sellman-Sanchez, Colleen Callahan, Caitlin Callahan, and Megan Callahan, Jodell Caturia, Jay Bauer, Dena McGree, and Devon Bauer; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services took place Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Delano United Methodist Church with the Revs. Matthew Sipe and Hugh Stephenson officiating. There was a private family interment at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.