2011-10-05 / Obituaries

Ruby Parman Jarrell

Ruby L. Parman Jarrell, a former Carroll County resident, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Peabody Retirement Home in North Manchester.

She had lived in the Memory Unit-Health Care for the last two years.

Born July 24, 1926, in Corbin, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Addie Taylor Gibbs. She was a graduate of Whitley County Schools and attended Sue Bennett College in London, Ky.

She married Vernon O. Parman on Nov. 6, 1945, and he died Oct. 2, 1977.

At the time Ruby moved from Carroll County she was a member of the Bringhurst United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and a choir member for many years.

At the time of her death, she was a member of the New Life Assembly of God, Frankfort. Peabody Chaplain the Rev. Sue Babovec provided spiritual guidance for Ruby during her years of residing at Peabody.

Ruby was appointed interim postmaster for the Bringhurst Post Office in 1962 and served in that position for approximately three years until a full-time postmaster was appointed. She had also been employed as a clerk at the Carroll County Highway Garage for several years.

In previous years, she had been active in the Carroll County Democratic Women’s Group.

She was a 49-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a past Matron.

Following her husband’s death in 1977, Ruby attended the Kokomo School of Practical Nursing and graduated in September 1979. She then worked at Wesley Manor, Frankfort, and retired from there. She dearly loved nursing and helping others.

Her second marriage was in 1989 to Robert Jarrell of Frankfort and he preceded her in death on May 24, 2001.

Surviving are two daughters, Ann Brown (husband: Bob) of Flora, Joyce Skiles (husband: Jim) of Peru; two sons, Allan Parman (wife: Cyndi) of Wabash and Tom Parman (wife: Laura) of Marcellus, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, Amy Brown Clawson, Joel and Micah Parman, Polly Parman Howell, Andrew, Jeremy, and Nathan Skiles, Eric Parman, Brett Boyer and Cheyleen Boyer Derr; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Ruby was the fourth of nine children and was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Luther and Tom; and a sister, Edna. Surviving are three brothers, Matthew Gibbs of Lexington, Ky., Paul Gibbs of Corbin, Ky., and James A. Gibbs of St. Helena Island, S.C. and two sisters: Edith Eaton of Corbin, Ky., and Peggy Darnell of Colorado Springs, Colo. A sister-in-law, Janet Jarrell Binney, Vero Beach, Fla., has been a special friend in Ruby’s life during the last 10 years.

Ruby’s favorite pastimes were reading, sewing and she also enjoyed playing scrabble and working crossword puzzles. Her favorite physical activity was walking. She always loved living in Carroll County and had great memories of those years.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial gifts to the Carroll County Community Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Friday at Reinke Funeral Home, Flora, with services at 3:30. Pastor Larry DeVos will officiate and burial will follow at Zion Cemetery near Bringhurst.

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