Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Jessie Mildred Parsons (Kroksh) 1905 - 2000

OGDEN - Jessie Mildred Parsons Kroksh, our loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother, died Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at the age of 95.
She was born September 4, 1905 in Elgin, Oregon, a daughter of James J. and Ruth Richardson Parsons. She graduated from Colville Washington High School and attended Eastern Washington College, receiving her teaching certificate. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University in Logan in 1950.
On October 10, 1929 Jessie married her sweetheart, Ferd G. Kroksh, in the Logan LDS Temple. Ferd preceded her in death.
She was an active member of the LDS Church serving in several positions including a Relief Society Visiting Teacher for many years.
Jessie, Ferd and their family lived in Brigham City where they both taught school, and later moved to Ogden where they lived and taught school for many years. Jessie touched the lives for good of many students and faculty. She was well known for her preparedness, organizational skills, integrity, untiring energy, and commitment to teaching, until her retirement after 35 years of service. She was loved and respected by all with whom she associated.
While a resident of Brigham City, she was a member of the Orepheus Chorus, Ladies Civic Club -- an Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, and other civic and social clubs. In Ogden, she was a member of the Women's University Club, Fi-Wo-Ca Literary Club, Knife and Fork Club, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Teacher's Organization. She was also a member of several bridge clubs.
Her hobbies included crocheting many afghans, dancing, reading, music, cooking, writing poetry, caring for her flower gardens, and oil painting. Her greatest joy in life was time spent with her family and friends. She always had such a great sense of humor and shall be greatly missed, but has left a legacy of love and endearing memories for each of us.
Surviving are one son and one daughter, Charles D. (Barbara) Kroksh, Raleigh, North Carolina; Jeanne Kroksh (Wayne) Cook, Fruit Heights; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, sister, and her husband. She was the last immediate member of her family. She saw the world change from the "horse and buggy" era to the "jet and space" age, and lived to greet the new millennium.
Her family wishes to express their deep appreciation and gratitude to the staff of Apple Tree Retirement Home, and Rocky Mountain Care - Clearfield - for their tender loving care and acts of kindness Jessie received during these difficult times.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may call at the mortuary on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Interment, Brigham City Cemetery.
The family would welcome notes of fond memories you have of Jessie sent to: Jeanne and Wayne Cook.