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Mary P. Parsell, 90, formerly of Grand Blanc, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at her home on Hilton Head Island. She was born on August 22, 1923 in Philadelphia to Harry and Acenelle Marx. Mary and her late husband Vernon R. Parsell lived most of their lives in Michigan until retiring to Hilton Head Island in 1985. She met Vern in Port Huron, Michigan in 1942 when he was smitten by the beautiful girl in bobby socks and saddle shoes, and she soon became his wife. Theirs was a storied life together with summers spent in Michigan enjoying time with friends and family, winters in Ft. Lauderdale with their harness horses, family gatherings in Hilton Head, and many travel adventures. She was predeceased by her husband; son Thomas James Parsell; sisters Jane Walter and Barbara Hassinger; and great-grandson Eli Jordan Goss. Mary is survived by daughter Nancy Jane Goss of Newport, Vermont; sons Michael Stephen of Flint, Michigan and Mark William of Memphis, Tennessee; daughter-in-law Suzi Parsell of Charleston; sisters Helen Alice Willis of New Milford, Connecticut and Nancy Snover Berry of Dallas, Texas; longtime caregiver and friend Nancy Jo Briggs; seven grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. A lover of animals, her request in lieu of flowers is a donation in her name to the Hilton Head Humane Association, P.O. Box 21790, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925 or A private interment service will be held in Charleston on Saturday, September 14. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of local arrangements: