Published: Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Geneva Geraldine Parsons was born March 25, 1921, in Ardmore, S.D., to Howard and Mary (Johnson) Converse. She graduated from Ardmore High School and married Vincent Wasserburger. The couple had two children, Judith and Lana. Geneva later married James M. Parsons. Together they had a daughter, Jeanne.
Geneva served with “The Gray Ladies” at the Veterans Administration in the 1950s. She worked as an executive clerk for Selective Service for 16 years and was given a citation of excellence for her work. She was a former Hot Springs (S.D.)â��Council member, and served as Mayor of Hot Springs from 1977 to 1980. In 2002, she was selected “Senior Citizen of the Year” by the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce .
Geneva was very active in the community. She was a member of BPW, Democratic Party, Jededia Smith Corral of Westerners, Mammoth Site, Pioneer Museum, Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, MASH and Springs Senior Center. She was a wonderful cook and supervised and helped create many fundraising meals at the Springs Senior Center.
Geneva was a leader. She loved bringing people together. She enjoyed playing scrabble, doing word puzzles and playing cards with friends at Brookside.
Geneva died June 20, 2013, at Castle Manor Nursing Home in Hot Springs. She was 92.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James; daughter, Judith Haedt; parents, Howard and Mary Converse; brother, Floyd Converse; sister, Beatrice Wasserbuger; and former husband, Vincent Wasserburger.
Survivors include her daughters, Lana (Larry) Mowry of Hot Springs, Jeanne Parsons of Hot Springs; step-sons, Robert (Veronica) Parsons of Bothell, Wash., Butch Parsons of Coeur D Alene, Idaho, and William ‘Bill’ (Patricia) Parsons of Spirit Lake, Idaho; three grandchildren, Toby Mowry of Hot Springs; Mike (Amy) Mowry of Redmond, Wash., and Jeff (Alma) Mowry of Gilbert, Ariz.; four great-grandchildren, Alison, Alex, Mischa and Porter; five step-grandchildren, Jimmy, Kevin, Angie, Lisa and Phillip (Malisa); two step-great-grandchildren, Molly and Adam; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. July 1 at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs with Pastor Clint Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs.
Memorials have been established to benefit the new nursing home fund or the Hot Springs Senior Citizens Center.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleychapels.com.
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