Posted: November 30th, 2012

Frances Elizabeth
1939 – 2012
Frances Elizabeth Parsonage (nee Arndt), beloved wife of Bill Parsonage of Merryflat, Sask., passed away on November 15, 2012 in Calgary Foothills Hospital at the age of 73.
Frances leaves to cherish her memory two children,  Jim (Glenda) Parsonage of Maple Creek, Sask. and Nancy (Doug) Hautz of MacNutt, Sask.; five grandchildren Abbey, Emilie, Tasha, Lacey and Jaron; two foster sons Clint (Sandi) Carignan of Saskatoon and Kenneth Cadwallader, one brother Lenard (Stella) Arndt of Saskatoon; two sisters Dorothy (Skimp) Parsonage of Maple Creek and Violet (James) Anderson of Spiritwood; two sisters-in-law Margy Kennedy of Kamloops, B.C. and Phyllis Parsonage of Lethbridge, Alta.; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Frances was born February 27, 1939 in Galahad, Alta. to the late Martin and Lily Arndt and began her schooling in Oliver, B.C. Later, Frances and her siblings attended and c0mpleted schooling in Golden Prairie when the family moved back to the Prairies. After high school, Frances worked at Broome’s Store in Golden Prairie.
Then on December 4, 1959 Frances married Bill Parsonage. Their first home was a one-room shack on the old Billy Wilson place. As they had no electricity, they relied on wood heat and kerosene lamps. Thank goodness they only had to spend one month there until the Aslin house was moved in from Robsart to the home place of today. Together Frances and Bill ranched for 52 years along the banks of Battle Creek.
Frances loved being outdoors and working side-by-side with her husband, children and grandchildren. In her younger years Frances was an avid softball player and played many years on the Merrybattlers Ladies’ team. She also enjoyed curling, snowmobile racing and trap shooting. Frances received a silver medal in the Saskatchewan Summer Games in 1980 for trap shooting.
Family and friends were very important to Frances. She adored her grandchildren and cherished every moment she spent with them. Frances was involved in every aspect of her grandchildren’s lives; from volleyball, track and field, hockey and all other sports, to riding and roping. She also enjoyed Sunday visits with the neighbours and trips to Cypress Park for supper.
Frances will be remembered for always finding the time to visit and say “hello.” She enjoyed life and a wonderful marriage. She took pride in celebrating the love of  family and good friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Friends, who wish, may remember Frances with a gift to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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Binkley’s Funeral Service Maple Creek and Leader, in charge of arrangements 306-662-2292.

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