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Lillian Evelyn Parsons

December 24, 1926 — September 9, 2019

Lillian Evelyn Parsons, age 92, was called home on Monday, September 9, 2019. She was surrounded by loved ones as she peacefully began her eternal journey. Lillian was born December 24, 1926 in Eustis, Nebraska to James and Pearl (Thompson) Major. She grew up in Eustis, Nebraska with her 3 siblings, Merle, Darrell and James. Her early years were spent in Eustis where she was baptized and joined the Evangelical United Brethren (Methodist) Church, and was a member of the Rebekah Order. She graduated from Eustis High School with the class of 1944 and was the last surviving member of the class. Lillian worked as a waitress in Gothenburg and Cozad. In her later years, she worked as a Wire Assembler for Boeing Aircraft, where she retired. She met Donald Wayne Parsons of Cozad in 1945 and they wed on January 16, 1946 in a double sibling wedding with her brother James Major and Donald's sister Ellen Parsons. Lillian and Donald lived in Eustis for 16 years before moving to the Seattle, Washington area. During those years they welcomed eight children, Cheryl, Judy, Donald Jr., Robert, Jolene, George, Ted and Tim. Lillian loved being a snow bird, traveling from Nebraska and Washington to Yuma, Arizona during the winter months for many years. She returned to Gothenburg, Nebraska in 2009 and spent the last 10 years of her life there. Lillian enjoyed playing cards, bingo, puzzles and going to the movies. Most of all she loved her grandchildren, who always brought a sparkle to her eyes. Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald in 1989; her 3 brothers, Merle, Darrel and James; and son-in-law, Allen Kauffman. Survivors include her children, Cheryl Kauffman of Cozad, Judy (Lloyd) Hicken of Gothenburg, Donald Jr. (Nancy) of Kearney, Robert (Deanna) of Selah, WA, Jolene Parsons of Kent, WA, George (Patty) of Milton, WA, Ted (Carol) of Cathlamet, WA and Tim (Jodi) of Kearney; 19 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; along with numerous other family members.


Online condolences may be shared at In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg or donor's choice. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Berryman Funeral Home.

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