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Joyce Loraine Parsell


Joyce Loraine Parsell, 69, passed away at 2:20 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Jersey Community Hospital.

She was born on Dec. 20, 1953 in Berea, KY to the late Benjamin Wayne and Alice Mae (Chasteen) Gillen.

Joyce grew up in Plainview and was a part of the Class of 1971 from Carlinville High School.

She worked various jobs throughout her life, including time spent working as a Desk Clerk at Super 8 Motel in Jerseyville, however, it was her artistry that was her true passion. Her love of art developed from a young age and as she grew into adulthood, her natural talent became evident. She was most known for her beautiful paintings and her hand painted cards to acknowledge all of life’s milestones.

She married Gene E. Parsell on Sept. 17, 2005 in Jerseyville. Throughout their 17 years of marriage, they traveled extensively together with local trips with Gene’s band, where she enjoyed dancing the night away; to more extensive travel, both domestically and abroad.

Surviving are her husband, Gene Parsell of Jerseyville; daughter, Kelly Swails of Chicago; step-daughters, Clara (Parsell) Assi of Saint Louis, Mo., Julie Parsell and her husband, Chris Roach, of Richmond Heights, Mo.; five grandchildren; sisters, Beverly Evans of Jerseyville, Susan K. Gillen and her partner, Brenda Sinclair, of Plainview, Helen Jeanette Sievers of Seminole, FL; brothers and sisters in-law, Bernard W. and Kathy Gillen of Staunton, William E. Gillen and Sue Fawcett of Bartonville and Norman E. and Sarah Gillen of Carlinville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kerry Schofield; sisters, Judith M. Mansfield, Carol D. Lundahl and brother, Roy G. Gillen.

Memorial visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2023 at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.

Graveside services will follow at Shipman Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to American Lung Association.

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