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Jean Hamilton Parsons

February 7, 1933 ~ November 19, 2021 (age 88)


Jean Hamilton Parsons, 88, of Burlington, died Friday, November 19, 2021 at Coble Creek Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center after a prolonged illness.

A native of Upper Montclair, New Jersey, Mrs. Parsons was the wife of the late William Eugene Parsons and the daughter of the late Charles Walter Hamilton and the late Irene Lucile Hamilton.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While there, she met and married her husband Bill, a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy.

Mrs. Parsons was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Burlington, where she was an Elder and Deacon, served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the Circle 1. She was honored with a life membership of the Presbyterian Women.

She was active in several community organizations. She was an active member of the Alamance Battleground Chapter of the DAR, serving as chair of the DAR Good Citizens scholarship program. She was a member of both the Burlington Junior Woman’s Club and Burlington Woman’s Club, and her efforts in both clubs spanned decades. She served as an office in both groups. She was active in so many ways that benefited the local community. One example is the work that led to the development of the Town and Country Nature Park. She was also active in the Hoe and Hope Garden Club. Her community service was recognized in 1977 when she was honored by the Burlington Civitan Club as the Alamance County Woman of the year.

Mrs. Parsons was also an accomplished equestrian, riding since a young teenager. She enjoyed may aspects of riding, but dressage brought her the most joy. Along with her horses, her love of animals extended to her many beloved dogs and cats.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Parsons, of Durham; three sons, Jeff Parsons and his wife, Karyn, of Burlington, Steve Parsons and his wife, Paula, of Berwyn, PA, Greg Parsons and his wife, Elizabeth, of Clayton; five grandchildren, Aaron Parsons, Will Parsons, Anna Hayford, Kelsey Parsons, Justin Parsons and two great-grandchildren, Kai Parsons and Molly Hayford.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Parsons was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Services for Mrs. Parsons will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the following- American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 ( or to the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University (

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