IN MEMORIAM: Estella ‘Stella’ Day Parsons

by Jane Ahrens

Estella Day Parsons, of 52 Chapin Road, Bernardsville, NJ, and Fishers Island, New York, died March 10, 2007 shortly following rupture of an unsuspected cerebral aneurysm. Mrs. Parsons was born Estella Pope Day in 1943 to Fairfield Pope Day and Frances Joynson Statter Day of Short Hills, New Jersey. She was educated at Short Hills Country Day School (now Pingry School), Miss Beard’s School (now Morristown-Beard) and Wheelock College.

Marrying in 1962, she devoted the life she greatly loved to her family but maintained active circles of friends. She excelled as a seamstress and was past president of the local chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America. She was a former troop leader of Girl Scouts, a member of the Bernardsville Republican Executive Committee, taught sewing and English as a Second Language as a volunteer and supported numerous charities.

She is survived by her husband, Jay Parsons, a daughter, Emily Frances Parsons of Bainbridge Island, Washington, three sons, Joseph L. Parsons of Stonington, CT, James S. Parsons of Tucson, AZ, and Charles S. Parsons of Charlotte, VT, seven grandchildren, a brother, Tallifer Rees Day of Lexington, KY, a niece, Amy Hamilton Day of Denver, CO and a nephew, Fairfield Pope Day, Jr., of Austin, TX.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at the parish hall of St. Bernard’s Church, Bernardsville, New Jersey. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Community Food Bank of New Jersey, 31 Evans Terminal Road, Hillside, NJ, 07205, or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall Street, 19th floor, New York, NY 10005.

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USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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