Ardelle Johnson Parsons

Ardelle Johnson Parsons, 86, of Ridgway, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.She was born May 25, 1928 in Kane, daughter of the late David N. and Ada (Eckenbaum) Johnson.Ardelle grew up in St. Marys, living above Johnson's Grocery, a store owned for many years by her brother Walt. Ardelle graduated from St. Marys High School with the Class of 1946 and and was a cheerleader, class treasurer, and class salutatorian. She spoke fondly of beginning her working career at Al Marsh's store in St. Marys, and after graduation she worked at Stackpole Carbon, the Elk County Register and Recorder's office, and for the Drug and Alcohol Counseling services in St. Marys.After her retirement she volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Ridgway and was often seen in town with her dog Slinky in the car. In her later years Ardelle loved to sit on her front porch on Center Street and would make conversation with those she knew as well as those she didn't.In addition to her parents, Ardelle was preceded in death by her brother, Walton R. Johnson (Violet).Ardelle is survived by her two sons, David W. Parsons (Cindy) and John P. Parsons (Amy), both of Ridgway; and two grandchildren, Jennifer Coller of Oakmont and Nicholas Parsons of Ridgway.A Memorial Service for Ardelle Johnson Parsons will be held Friday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Roger A. Peterson, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Kane.Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 E. Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, Pa. 15857. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.