Betty A. Parson, 99

Betty A. Parson, 99, of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, former longtime rural Roann resident, died at 5:20 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Peabody Healthcare Center. 

She was born Sept. 22, 1915, in Miami County, to Noah B. and Edith Laura (Long) Kotterman.

Betty was a 1933 graduate of Chili High School, received her Bachelor degree from Manchester University in 1956, and her Masters degree from St. Francis University in Fort Wayne in 1970.  She married Wayne R. Parson in Chili on Feb. 28, 1942; he died May 18, 1996.  She was a school teacher 41 years, teaching at Peru Community Schools, Gilead, and Chili, retiring in 1976. 

She was a lifelong member of Chili Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School, was the church treasurer and pianist, and a member of the Ladies Missionary Group.  Betty was also a member of the Miami County Teachers Association, the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Wabash AARP, and was an honorary member of the Sigma Teachers fraternity in Peru.  She lived at Peabody Retirement Community since 2002.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Cecil Kotterman.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Peabody Chapel, 400 W. 7th St., North Manchester, with Pastor Julie Walker officiating.  Burial will be in Chili Cemetery, Chili.  Friends may call 12:30-2 p.m. Monday, at Peabody Chapel.  Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel.

Preferred memorial is Chili Baptist Church.

The memorial guest book for Betty may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Aug 19