NAPLES, Fla. — Margaret Grace Parshall, of Naples, formerly of Elkhart, passed away peacefully in her home Feb. 16, 2019, a month after her 99th birthday.
She was born to J.H.G and Grace (Hendricks) McDaniel, Jan. 15, 1920, in Pickens, South Carolina. She was one of seven children.
On Aug. 5, 1944, she married Dale Bryan Parshall of South Bend. He passed away Jan 17, 1999, in Naples.
Margaret graduated from Pickens Community Schools and then achieved her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Winthrop Women’s College in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
She then received her master’s degree in public health education from University of North Carolina in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
After she and Dale married, she worked for the North Carolina Department of Public Health while Dale served in the Army Medical Corps as part of the occupation of Japan after the war.
When Dale returned they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesotal, while he completed his residency in radiology at University of Minnesota.
Their two daughters were born while In Minneapolis; Patricia (Mrs. George) Bucklen of Bristol, Indiana and Katheryn (Mrs. Richard) Weaver of Watertown, Wisconsin.
The family moved to South Bend in 1952 when Dale and other South Bend radiologists formed Radiology Inc.
Margaret was active in the medical auxiliary at South Bend Memorial Hospital.
She and Dale enjoyed playing bridge together and square dancing at Hilltop Barn in Mishawaka.
The family belonged to the First Presbyterian Church in South Bend and when they moved to Elkhart in 1957 they joined the First Presbyterian Church there.
Margaret was active in the Elkhart General Hospital Medical Auxiliary, Thursday Club, the P.E.O Sisterhood, Naomi Circle at church Psi Iota Xi Sorority, ladies and couples bridge groups and couples investment groups.
She and Dale retired to Naples after Dale was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and spinal stenosis, where she cared for him as his health worsened.
When they were able they attended and were members of Moorings Presbyterian Church.
Margaret was preceded in death by four of her five sisters and one brother.
Her youngest sister, Shirley (Mrs. Edward) Shannon survives. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, George McDaniel Bucklen.
Survivors include her two daughters, three grandchildren, Bryan Redfield, Mellisa) Bucklen of Ocala, Florida, Elizabeth Anne Bucklen-McNiff of Edwardsburg Michigan and Dale Herbert (Cerina) Bucklen of Harlem, Georgia.
Margaret is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Makayla, Heather and Charles of Ocala, Florida and Zachary Osborne of Edwardsburg.
A celebration of life will take place at the First Presbyterian Church chapel at 11 a.m. June 6. There will be visitation with the family after the service.
She was cremated in Florida and her remains are resting beside her beloved Dale in Rice Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Elkhart, to Avow Hospice of Naples, Florida, or the hospice of one’s choice, or to the charity of one’s choice.