Melody SuzAnne Parcell Obituary – Topeka Capital-Journal


Melody SuzAnne Parcell, 76 (Susie to all who knew and loved her), born and raised in Overbrook, KS, died peacefully at her home in Lakeside, CA on October 28, 2022. Susie lived courageously with the illness of Alzheimer since 2018.

Susie was born in Lawrence, KS on December 11, 1945, to F. Robert (Bob) Clark and Celesta Marjorie Thurber. She grew up on the family farm near Overbrook, KS and graduated from Overbrook Rural High School in 1963. Susie held various class positions in high school and was homecoming queen in 1962. After graduating, she attended Kansas State University.

In 1967, she responded to an advertisement for a position with WIBW Television in Topeka just days before moving to Colorado. It was there that she met Kent Parcell, a sports presenter at the television channel. They fell hopelessly in love and got married 4 months later. Their marriage lasted more than 55 years, until his death.

Susie had said many times that all she really wanted to do was be a wife and mother. She was wonderful in both. She was a stay-at-home mom to her four children who grew up in Helena, Montana, where her husband Kent was employed by the state Bar Association. In 1985 the family moved to El Cajon, California where they lived until Kent and Susie retired from their real estate appraisal business and moved to Yuma, AZ. After his illness was diagnosed, they returned to Lakeside, California in 2020.

Susie is survived by her husband of 55 years, Kent Parcell, and brother Randolph Robert Clark (Nancy) of Salina, KS; son Curtis (Stacey) Yucaipa, California; Bryan (Renee) Scottsdale, Arizona; Aaron (Cassie) Murietta, Calif.; and daughter Amy Wilcox (Mike) Santee, CA. Grandchildren Kyle Parcell (Ashley) Queen Creek AZ; Jack Parcell (ally) Gilbert, Arizona; Mackenzie Parcell; Henry Parcell, Bellingham, WA; Kylie Parcell, Murietta, CA; Macie Parcell, Murietta, Calif.; Katie Wilcox, San Diego, Calif.; Bailey Barnhill (Tyler) La Mesa, CA and Hallie Wilcox, Santee, CA. Great-grandchildren: Levi Parcell and Ledger Parcell, Queen Creek, AZ and Weston Barnhill, La Mesa, CA.

Susie was predeceased by her parents, F. Robert Clark and Celesta M. Clark, her sister Teresa Beth Sisson, and her grandsons Nathan Harrison Parcell and Ryan Thomas Wilcox.

Interment is at Overbrook Cemetery in Overbrook, KS.

A celebration of Susie’s wonderful life will be held in Lakeside, California in February 2023.

Posted on November 13, 2022

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