The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. at Cornelia First Presbyterian Church, 469 N. Main St.
Mrs. Parsons died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Habersham Medical Center.
Born March 14, 1925, in Calvert, Md., she was a daughter of the late Norman Job and Rosa Longacre Fell. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her two sisters.
Mrs. Parsons was a retired educator who taught home economics and was a teacher-librarian for more than 35 years in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her teaching experience included two years in which she and husband Al taught together at the Presbyterian-sponsored Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah.
On retirement in 1986, she and Al relocated to Habersham County. Mrs. Parsons became active in numerous community groups including Sharing and Caring, The Arc, Habersham County Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, Northeast Georgia Peace Council and Volunteers for Literacy. She was a long-time member of Association of American University Women. While a member of Clarkesville First United Methodist Church, she served as a Stephens minister and was active in The Women’s Society and the Mission Team. Dotty and her husband Al most recently were members of Demorest Federated Church.
In her spare time, Mrs. Parsons enjoyed time with her grandchildren, local theater, book club, Great Decisions discussion group, gardening and traveling with family and Elderhostel groups.
Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Albert W. Parsons of Cornelia; daughters, Rebecca Pierce of Demorest and Beth Rotella of Syracuse, N.Y.; sons, Timothy Parsons of Hackettstown, N.J., and Terance Parsons of Demorest; granddaughters Narra Pierce Demichina of Atlanta, Hassey Parsons Adelsberger of Lake Worth, Fla., and Sierra Rotella of Tampa, Fla.; grandsons, Alan Pierce of Decatur, Joseph Rotella of Syracuse, N.Y., and Colton Parsons of Lake Worth, Fla.; great-granddaughter, Winter Violet Adelsberger of Lake Worth, Fla.; one brother, William Fell of Calvert, Md.; and one sister, Rosemary Mitchell of Albuquerque, N.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Demorest Federated Church, 611 Georgia St., Demorest, GA 30535; or to Heifer International at heifer.org.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home and Habersham Crematory, Cornelia, are in charge of arrangements.