Date of Death: August 21, 2016
- Not Applicable
- Lorraine Park
- 5608 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21207 View Map
- August 25, 2016 11:00 AM
- Lorraine Park
- 5608 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn, MD 21207 View Map
- August 25, 2016 11.00 AM
Dorothy M. Parsley, 91, a resident of Pasadena since 1989 and formerly of Baltimore City, died Sunday, August 21, 2016 in her home.
Mrs. Parsley was born October 27, 1924 in Washington D.C. to the late Herman and Ellatine Schulz. While residing in Baltimore City, she was educated in the public schools graduating from Patterson Park High School in 1942. She attended Capital University, Columbus, Ohio from 1942-1943 where she transferred to Goucher College in Baltimore for the last 3 years. It was War time - 2nd World War when transportation to Ohio was limited. She graduated in June 1946 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology. Mrs. Parsley also attended Peabody Institute from 1931 to 1942 and Peabody Conservatory from 1943 to 1946 where she majored in piano, organ and choral directing.
During summers and holiday seasons of 1941-1943, Mrs. Parsley worked in the credit department and as a salesperson at Hutzlers Department Store. During summers of 1944-1946 she worked in Social Work Department of Harriet Lane at Johns Hopkins Hospital under Dr. Taussig assisting with rheumatic fever patients and especially with those involved in "Blue Baby" operation research. In September of 1946 she became a social worker in foster care department of Public Welfare. Mrs. Parsley stayed until October 1947 when she married her husband Clarence Elroy Parsley Jr. From 1948 to 1966 while she was raising a family, she taught piano and organ privately. During this time she also did substitute teaching in Baltimore City in Junior High Schools.
In 1962 she accepted a position as an Organist and Choir Director at Martin Luther Church, Orleans Street and Patterson Park Avenue. In December 1966 she was employed as a care worker in Protective Services and Adoption at the Department of Social Services, working with single mothers. She left in December 1969 to become parish worker in addition to organist and choir director at Martin Luther Church.
In March 1972 she resigned from those positions to devote more time to caring for her 76 year old father. During this period, Mrs. Parsley worked part time from June 1972 to March 1973 for Johns Hopkins University as an interviewer in a Cancer Research Project.
After her father's passing, she returned to full time employment accepting a position as a Social Work Assistant with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. For 7 years, Mrs. Parsley was assigned to Lexington Poe, a mixed family and senior citizen public housing project. In August 1980, she was promoted to Special Project Supervisor at Hollander Ridge where she served as Director of the Sheltered Housing Program. Sheltered Housing was started at Hollander Ridge in March 1980 at which time 7 people were enrolled in the program. The quota of 45 people was reached and at times, due to the needs of the people, gone beyond that limit. Hollander Ridge had 487 apartments with over 550 elderly residents. Assessing needs, providing home care services and proper nutrition seeking resources for medical, recreational and mental health care and administering a vital program on a daily basis was an enlightening challenge for her. During 1983, another sheltered housing program was opened at Govans Manor under Mrs. Parsley's supervision.
Daily contact with the elderly residents provided her with an insight into their feelings, needs and numerous concerns. This coupled with her approaching Senior Citizen status and the increasingly elderly population had given her an urgent desire to educate those who deal with the elderly about the real world of the senior citizens.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Parsley is preceded in death by her son Warren Parsley Sr.
She is survived by her loving husband Clarence E. Parsley Jr, sons David Parsley Sr. and wife Kathy, Paul Parsley and wife Terry, Mark Parsley and wife Linda, John Parsley and wife Denise, daughters Mary Mulcahy and husband Marty, Anita Ford and Martha Bauhaus and husband Jim. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday, August 25 at 11:00 AM at Lorraine Park, 5608 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21207