Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Joceyln Parson
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 Material Information
Title: Funeral Booklet for Joceyln Parson
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Joceyln Parson
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
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Subject: Parson, Joceyln
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Caribbean
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Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300341
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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JOYCELYN PARSON -
AUGUST 1, 1930 JUNE 10, 1978


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Joycelyn Parson was born in St. Thomas on August
1, 1930. She was the second of five children born to
Gerald and Esther Parson. As a young girl, Joycelyn,
following the religious traditions of her family, immersed
herself in the life and work of Christchurch Methodist Church.
She was received into the fellowship of the church on January
5. 1947, and she served the church in various areas: as junior
choir member, Sunday school teacher; senior choir member; and,
for many terms, as an outstanding officer of the Girls' League;
and member of the Girls'League Choir. Joycelyn attended elementary
and secondary school in St. Thomas and graduated in 1949 from
Charlotte Amalie High School. Shortly after graduation, she served
as a teacher at George Washington School for several years before
relocating to New York City. During that time, her membership was
transferred to Beulah Methodist Church.
For the past fifteen years, upon her return to the Virgin Islands,
Joycelyn was employed by the Government of the Virgin Islands,
Division of Personnel. During that time, she worked as a clerk
and because of her dedication and dependable and conscientious
effort to be efficient and productive, she achieved the well-
earned position of Records Management Supervisor. If there was
ever an unanswered question or help was sought, one could depend
on Joycelyn to find the solution or arrive at an alternate suggestion.
Such service by a public employee is a credit to any individual
or government agency.
If Joycelyn were to leave a word of advice she more than likely
would admonish us with "Teach us to number our days and recognize
how few they are; help us to spend them as we should."
Psalm 90:12 (TLB)








- SURVIVORS -


Gerald and Esther Parson


Darryl Bastian

Bernice Samuel


Daughter


Perla P. Canton
Bernice P. Canton
Delrease P. Roberts


Niels Parson


Wynne
Esther
Grace
Delrease Yvette
Annice
Nielsa
Tamarah


Canton
Canton
Canton
Canton
Canton
Parson
Parson


Nephews


Wade Canton
Allen Canton, Jr.
Earl Canton
Niels Canton
Dion Parson
Vincent Roberts
Brian Roberts
Jace Edwards


Also left to mourn are many relatives and friends.


Parents


Sisters


Brother

Nieces






We are assembled here today to express our love and appreciation
for Joycelyn as a mother, sister, daughter. cousin, niece, friend, and.
above all my confidante. I could go on and on. but why should I? Our
mere presence here exemplifies our true feelings.
Many persons here present could assume the rofe as eufogist for the
simple reason that they cared deeply and sincerely for Joyce as I do.
However, our close relationship over the past forty years affords me
this privilege.
Joyce and I first met in the second grade at Dober School and from
thereon moved through life together. The itinerary of our togetherness
included our education in the elementary and secondary schools,
attendance at Sunday school, confirmation in this church.
membership in the Girls' League. junior and senior choirs of this
church, and teaching in the V.I. public school system. Our ministers,
teachers, families, friends, and now even our children are aware of our
very close relationship. Some people say we were inseparable.
The relationship Joyce established with everyone with whom she
came in contact, portrayed the type of person she was. Kindness.
lovingness, and genuine sincerity were given to all. "Frankness",
however, was one of her greatest attributes. She told it the way she saw
it whether one liked it or not. A keen sense of humor was hers. Through
her infectious laughter when a joke was told. everyone around her was
made happy.
At the Division of Personnel where Joyce was employed at the time
of her passing, her colleagues there and in other government offices
were always amazed at the efficient manner in which she carried out
her responsibilities. Yes, Joyce was a very talented, very responsible,
and very conscientious worker on the job.
To her friends we have lost a dear, dear friend, one whom we
cannot and would not want to replace. But we must aft remember, if we
loved her, God loved her best.
To her children, Darryl and Bernice-you will be told repeatedly-
you had a fine mother. None of us can truly experience your deep
sense of loss, but we are confident (hat all the precepts taught and all
the sacrifices which your mother made were done so that you
may enjoy a better life and because she loved you dearly Don't lose
faith nor courage, but remember that our heavenly Father will continue
to hold you in His loving arms and see you through life's journey.
To Mamie. Daddy and the rest of the family, the chain is broken-a
link has been removed-one that can never be replaced. But, as you
reflect on all the kindness, the untiring efforts-the happy memories
will serve as a source of comfort in knowing that Joyce served







everyone well.
As practicing Christians, we belive in life eternal and we areassured
that on that glorious day we shall all gather around that heavenly
throne. Therefore, we join Joseph Hart in the great Methodist hymn:
This, this is the God we adore, Our faithful, unchangeable friend:
Whose love is as great as His power, And neither knows measure nor
end.
'Tis Jesus, the first and the last, Whose Spirit shall guide us safe
home,
We'll praise Him for all that is past, And trust Him for all that's to
come.










THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST. THOMAS

June 13, 1978


Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Parson
P.O. Box 63
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00801

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Parson:

I am saddened to learn of the passing of your
daughter Joycelyn Parson, who served as Records
Management Supervisor in the Division of Personnel
for over 15 years.

The Director of Personnel has informed me that
Joycelyn was an excellent employee. She was loyal,
dedicated, trustworthy and someone whose very
presence was a motivating influence for efficiency. Miss
Parson will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Luis joins me in extending to you and your
entire family our deepest sympathy. May God sustain
each of you during this period of bereavement.


Governor





GOVERNMENT OF
THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
LOCKHART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST. THOMAS, V.I.





Miss Joycelyn Parson was also an educator.
A few of her early years were dedicated to the
children of the Virgin Islands when she entered
into the then existing George Washington
School family. Though young, she grasped the
friendly, respectful and concerned atmosphere
of the staff. Thus involved, she soon began to
demonstrate a genuine interest in the general
welfare of the students. Joycelyn, therefore,
not only became a devout teacher but also
an interested mother.







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GOVERNMENT OF
THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES
PERSONNEL OFFICE
P. 0. Box 2336
Charlotte Amalle, St. Thomas, V.I. 00801
09-774-5660
June 12, 1978

Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Parson and Family
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Parson:
The tragic news of Joycelyn's death has completely
stunned me. If there are times when silence is golden it is
surely now. Yet, I must write on behalf of my entire staff
to express our deepest sympathies with you in the loss of
your daughter.
You do not need me to tell you how much everyone
respected and loved Joycelyn. She will be greatly missed
in the Personnel Office, by the many employees in other
departments of government whom she served on a daily
basis and by all who knew her.
For more than fifteen years, Joycelyn served this
agency with sincere devotion and with the highest effi-
ciency.
During these days of sad bereavement. I believe your
sorrow will be tempered by the knowledge that her life was
indeed short but abundantly useful.
My staff and I mourn with you at this time and pray
that your hearts may be comforted in this the greatest of
all sorrows that man is called upon to bear.
With siy rest sympathies,


otlie A. Million
director of Personnel





-- PaLf .BiEa L


Darryl Bastian
Niels Parson
Abraham Blyden


Stanley Parson
Harold Brathwaite
Noble Samuel


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Wade Canton
Victor Crabbe
Phillip Henry


Allen Canton
Ira Canton


Richard Samuel
Cecil Harrigan
Virgil Jurgen


Lubin Roberts
Carlo Woods


4L'i'ofit --
Bernice Harrigan


Gwendolyn E. Kean


Elroy George



Flower Car
Hearse
Family
Relatives
Co-Workers
Classmates
Friends of the Family

- --,iuL-= C".'Pf,,tLtd .>by: -
Reverend Neville B. Brodie
Christchurch Methodist Church
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Friday, J~he 16. 1978 3 P.M.




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