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Betsy E. Parsons

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“Her caring, compassion, and competence made Betsy a great and inspirational teacher and a warm and wonderful person who loved language, literature,...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Margie MacDonald - Saco, ME

“Miss Parsons as I have to much respect for her as my English teacher at Portland High School, to call her anything else she even helped the...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: George Holmes - Auburn, ME

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. and Mrs. Parsons and all of Betsy's siblings and extended family. We know how hard it is to lose your oldest...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Sheryl Beenken Wohlf - Avondale, AZ

“My condolences to Betsys family and friends. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Patricia Lamagno - Streator, IL

“She was my chorus teacher in Portland High as well. Love how she made me feel when I didn't make a mistake. Such a thoughtful and caring person. So...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Lori Greenleaf - Westbrook, ME

“Ms. Parsons was my English teacher at Portland High, she treated me so nice in class, wonderful person. I remember she signed my yearbook at...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Michael Tucci - Portland, ME

“I to was one of those student she helped. Betsy was my course teacher, she also helped with phs field hockey team with another fellow teacher. Betsy...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Katherine (Tina) Roberts - ME

“Betsy was my high school chorus teacher,but she wasn't only a teacher she was a dear friend. I'm going to miss her laugh,her smile,but most of all in...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Helen (Forestell) Stackhouse

“Sending love and light to You. May you rest peacefully knowing that you Lived, Laughed, and Loved to the fullest and made everyone feel loved and...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Althea Waite - Portland, ME

“RIP dear Betsy....always loved our conversations and taking care of all of your kitties when you went away.My sympathies to your loving family that...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Connie and Bob Hood - ME

“I met Betsy when I was a teacher intern in USM's graduate teacher certification program (ETEP). For a few months, she filled in for my USM...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jamie Michaud - Cumberland, ME

“The Maines family sends our deepest condolences for your loss. Betsy was not only our friend, she was a mentor to our children, she was a person who...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Kelly Maines - Austin, TX

“Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May your treasured memories of Betsy always fill your heart with love and peace. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: DC


Betsy passed away in September 2019.

Betsy was a resident of South Portland, Maine at the time of passing.

She shared these passions with classmates, teachers, and colleagues wherever she learned and taught, as a teenager at Streator High School, throughout her undergraduate work at Grinnell and Oberlin Colleges, her graduate and advanced studies at Brown and Harvard Universities, until the end of her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Betsy's name can be made to: OUT Maine (www.outmaine.org/how-to-help), Greater Portland Family Promise (greaterportlandfamilypromise.org/donate/), Women in Harmony (wihmaine.org/support/), or Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (www.aamds.org/forms/make-donation).

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