Myrtle (Smith)'s Story

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BURLINGTON FLATS - Myrtle (Smith) Parkinson, 94, of Burlington Flats, passed away on July 8, 2017.
She was born Jan. 7, 1923, to Harry and Ida (Beltz) Smith in Cassville.
She was a graduate of Sauquoit High School.
Thomas Willard "Dude" Parkinson and Myrtle met on her family farm. Willard joined the Army Quartermaster Corps and served in India during World War II. Myrtle joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service and was stationed in Washington, D.C., decoding enemy messages. She was proud of her service to her country and was recognized by participating in the 2016 Burlington Flats Memorial Day parade.
They married on March 7, 1946, and eventually settled in Burlington Flats. Myrtle and Willard lived by the old-fashioned virtues of independence and self-reliance. In their world, fast food was baking biscuits instead of yeast bread. True luxury meant having money in the bank. Myrtle was known for her generosity, humor, cooking, gardening, preserving, home decorating, sewing and artful creativity. Everyone who visited will remember sitting down at the table to have freshly baked bread with homemade jam, a pot of coffee and a pie or two. Most of all, she was a teacher of these skills and leaves a lasting legacy to her children, grandchildren and members of the community. She will be missed by all who knew her or met her.
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Willard (February 2007) and siblings, Chester, Milton, Walt, Bill, Eddie, Emma Joslin, Helen Parkinson, Ida Southworth and Doris Bendt.
She is survived by daughters, Gail (George Snyder) Parkinson of Syracuse, Alice (Robert) Raiford of Gaithersburg, Maryland and Jane (Wickes) Westcott of Clemson, South Carolina; granddaughters, Anna (Allen) Price, Elizabeth (Matt Shaw) Raiford, Emmalee (Chris Collins) Raiford and Audrey Westcott; sister, Vivian Hazard; sisters-in-law, Till Smith and Cora Smith; special niece Donna Parkinson; many nieces and nephews.
Special recognition goes to Bonnie Hall, Star Bouck and their families for their loving care and support to keep Myrtle safely in her beloved home where she passed peacefully in her sleep.
Services will be at noon, Monday July 17, at the Dimbleby Funeral Homes Inc., 365 West Main St., West Winfield. Family and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, before the service. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Bridgewater, immediately following the service.
Donations may be made to the Edmeston Fire Department, P.O. Box 41, Edmeston, NY 13335. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dimblebyfh.com.
Published on July 12, 2017
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