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KINGSTON, NH: Gloria M. Parsons died January 4, 2015, at her home in Kingston, N.H. Daughter of the late Guy and Margaret (Ristaino) Dello Russo, she was born in Malden, Mass. on February 4, 1929.

Gloria grew up in Malden, and was a graduate of Malden High School. She worked in Boston for many years as assistant manager for a jeweler. She purchased her home in Kingston in 1975, moving here permanently after her retirement from full-time employment. While in Kingston, she worked part-time for a local business as a bookkeeper and then, until a little over a year ago, worked part-time for the Carriage Towne News.

Being very active and community-oriented, Gloria volunteered her services to many committees and organizations in Kingston. She served on many local Boards as Treasurer, including the Kingston Community House for 28 years, Encore Theater Company for 25 years, the Kingston Lions Club for 18 years, and the Kingston Improvement and Historic Society (the Church on the Plains management) for six years. She also

was a member of the Kingston Budget Committee for five years, aided with the Bakie School Carnival for four years, was on the Bakie School Budget Committee for two years, volunteered at Kingston Days for 10 years, was on the Kingston Plains Beautification Committee for seven years, was a volunteer worker for the American Red Cross blood drives for seven years and was a worker at the Kingston polls for 28 years. She also volunteered her time bringing Bingo to the residents at Exeter Healthcare for 11 years, and for the past 10 years, was involved with Voices of Distinction in an administrative role.

During this time, Gloria was recognized many times for her volunteerism, having been recognized by the State of New Hampshire for her work with the Kingston Community House and having been named Lioness of the Year during her time with the Lions Club.

Gloria was predeceased by her first husband, Carlo Cecconi and by her second husband, Douglas F. Parsons, who died June 18, 1998.

She is survived by her sister, Nancy Rago; two nieces, two nephews, and several cousins.

There will be a celebration of Gloria's life held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Church on the Plains, Kingston, N.H. There will be no calling hours. There will be a private burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to KIHS for the Church on the Plains, P.O. Box 663, and to Kingston Community House, Inc. P.O. Box 625 Kingston, NH 03848. For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 9, 2015
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