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Dorothy Parsley

February 14, 1919 — October 10, 2017

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NEW JERSEY — Dorothy M. Parsley (nee McNamee), of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, died at her home, the Terraces at Seacrest Village, on Oct. 10, 2017. She was 98 years old.

Dot, as she was known by her family and friends, is survived by her brother, Thomas W. McNamee (Barbara) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; her children, Lynda Worboys (David) of Austin, Texas, Thomas Parsley MD (Sylvia) of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, Doreen Davis (Crane) of Palenville, Lawrence Parsley MD (Kathy) of Troy and M. Bridget Gaitan (Joe) of South Glens Falls; and her 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Parsley; her brother, William McNamee; and her sister, Eileen Connolly.

Dot was born on Feb. 14, 1919 in Troy to Mary Josephine (Whelan) and Thomas A. McNamee. She grew up on “Bond and President,” attended her local parish grammar school and graduated from Catholic Central. She went on to the Mildred Elley School in Albany, graduating with a secretarial diploma in 1936. Summering with her family at Dunsbach Ferry on the Mohawk River, she met and married Lawrence Parsley of Cohoes in 1939. Over the next 15 years, she raised her family in Burlington, Vermont, Schenectady and Poughkeepsie, as he assumed management positions with the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co (A&P).

In 1956, the couple became small business owners with the purchase of Lake Lauderdale in Cambridge. Over the next two decades, the entire family managed one of the most popular summer resorts in the area, attracting families from New York City, the Berkshires and the capital district. After the sale of the resort in 1971, the couple lived in Cambridge, Queensbury and Binghamton, with winter sojourns in Florida.

At the age of 94, Dot moved to an assisted living facility in New Jersey to be near family, becoming its first resident and leaving a lasting impression on all she met. She will be remembered for her razor sharp memory and a love for life throughout 9 decades.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a contribution to your local library.

Interment at Calvary Cemetery in Binghamton will be at the convenience of the family. To send condolences, please visit

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