Orpha Clare Parfett (Tom) passed away in Calgary on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the age of 101 years.
Orpha was born April 23, 1919 at Queenstown, Alberta. She is survived and lovingly remembered by her three sons Rodney (Patricia), Craig (Mary) and Blair (Ella) as well as four grandchildren Robert (Amy), Joel (Diana), Megan (Joe) and Brienne; a great-grandson Blake, and three great-granddaughters, Caroline, Emily and Olivia; sister-in-law Shirley and many nieces and nephews.
Orpha was predeceased by her husband Jack in 1994. Orpha graduated from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton as a R.N. in 1943, and she remained a Life Member of its Alumnae. Orpha felt privileged to be a graduate of “The Alex”, finding that caring for and serving others made for a happy life. Orpha was also a long time member of St. David’s United Church. The family wishes to extend their thanks and appreciation to the care provided by the dedicated staff of the Brentwood Care Centre.
A Graveside Service has been arranged for now and a celebration of her life will occur at a later date for friends and family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to St. David’s United Church, 3303 Capital Hill Crescent N.W., Calgary, AB T2M 2R2, or the charity of your choice. To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca.
Condolences from family and friends
Posted by BRADFORD ARMSTRONG | 20-May-2020
To you Blair and your family –
My thoughts are with you. I know how ‘Time’ means changes. I have seen over the last fifty years how much you have done for your Mother.
I remember years ago how we would kid each other that your Mom would want you to play ‘Yellow Bird’ on the organ when her friends were over to visit.
Of course, that was really just a part of how proud she was of you and how proud she was of her family!
Orpha was a very classy, respectful, kind, giving, interested, thoughtful and caring woman – she had the qualities we could all look up to. I know that is a lot of adjectives but your Mom has been an amazing role model. I realize I was very lucky to know her through you!
And I know you and your family will keep that memory going into the future. Sometime we should sit down and you can play me all her favorite songs! My Best to all your family!
We visited with Orpha in 2005 or so at her home in Calgary. She was such a lovely person and so hospitable. She fixed a dessert for us which I thought was so yummy so she sent the recipe home with me. Mine didn't have her special touch and was not nearly as tasty. She and I exchanged emails with genealogy information and photos. We also exchanged Christmas letters each year. Orpha loved to share, especially notes of marriages and grandchildren. She truly loved her family. Blair helped me talk to Orpha on her 100th birthday. That was such a treat. I thank him for that.
Through marriage, my husband, Gordon Mero, is her 1st cousin once removed. Jack's mother and Gordon's mother were sisters. I am sharing a photo of Jack, Therma (Salter) Mero, and Orpha taken in Canada July 1986. Jack and Orpha also visited the Salters in Spokane, Washington.