Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 3:12 PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Edith J. Parsons


March 27, 1929-Feb. 22, 2012

Edith J. Parsons, 82, passed away at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer on Feb. 22, 2012. A memorial open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, at the home of her son Charlie Parsons at 55839 East End Road, Homer.

The oldest of four children, Edith was born in Hood River, Ore., March 27, 1929, to Jean and George Cass. After moving several times, the Cass family settled in Anchorage in the late 1940s. Edith met Charles Parsons through mutual friends and married him on March 11, 1950, just before her 21st birthday. Edith and Charles raised three children on a homestead in Anchor Point and fished on Kalgin Island every summer. She was a bold outdoorswoman, often going out by herself to hunt spruce hen on the gravel road near the homestead or moose to supplement the family food supplies. Edith was an accomplished knitter, creating beautiful sweaters, hats, mittens and coats for her family. On March 27, 1964, while celebrating her birthday at the home of friends in Anchor Point, Edith and her family experienced the Great Alaska Earthquake. Needless to say, her birthday was overshadowed by that event for a good many years to come.

In 1969, Chuck and Edith sold the homestead and moved to Homer. It was in Homer that Edith discovered her life-long passion for pottery. In the early 1970s she began taking pottery classes from Al Tennant, who was a teacher at Homer High School at the time. She kept taking pottery classes from various instructors through the rocky years of her divorce and subsequent move back to Anchorage. She eventually became a master potter in her own right and although she was a bookkeeper by trade, she gave it up to pursue her pottery full time in the 1908s.

She sold pottery all over Alaska in various gift stores and regularly participated as a vendor in fairs at the Egan Center in Anchorage, the Girdwood Forest Fair and the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. She made good friends among the other vendors over the years and developed a long list of faithful clients who collected her pottery. She moved back to Homer in 1994 to be closer to her children and exhibited her pottery at the Nutcracker Craft Fair and the Homer Council on the Arts Street Fair, among others.

In August 2009, Edith moved into Friendship Terrace where she developed many good friendships among the staff and residents. In her later years she enjoyed key-lime pie, working puzzles and sitting on the patio with her good friend, Catharina. She will be missed by all.

Edith is survived by her son Lance Parsons, her son Charlie Parsons and daughter-in-law Sue Baxter Parsons, her daughter Cass Crandall and son-in-law John Crandall and her two grandchildren, Tom Crandall and Caitlin Crandall.

Cremation arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory.