Nancy S. Parson, 81, of Kent died peacefully Dec. 7, 2011, at The Kent Specialty Care Center Nursing Home. She was the beloved wife of Hilmer P. Parson.

Mrs. Parson was born March 13, 1930, in Oneonta, N.Y., daughter of Arthur Edmund Slattery and Methyl Venice Natino Slattery.

She grew up in The Bronx, N.Y., and graduated from Hunter College High School. She went on to the White Plains School of Nursing and attended their affiliate school in Storrs.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Hilmer P. Parson, on Aug. 12, 1950, and they settled in Pelham, N.Y., to raise their family.

Through the years, Mrs. Parson worked as a nurse at Mount Vernon Hospital and, after moving to Connecticut, at Geer Memorial Health Center, Winsted Memorial Hospital, Pope John Paul II Health Center and New Milford Hospital, retiring in 1995.

She was a talented seamstress and loved nature.

Mrs. Parson always had a twinkle in her eye and an unwavering faith. She was a Stephen Minister and an active member in every church community to which she belonged.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, she is survived by two sons, David Parson, and his wife, Cindy, of Mill River, Mass., and Gary Parson, and his wife, Terry, of Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters, Jeryl Parson of Red Lake Falls, Minn., and Nan Rossiter, and her husband, Bruce, of New Milford; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Slattery, of San Diego, Calif., and his wife, Ninfa; and several nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Kent, 97 North Main St., Kent.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one of Mrs. Parson's favorite charities, Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509.