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EDMONTON – Norma Ann Parnell, 88 of Edmonton passed away Thursday, January 5, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at Barren County Health Care in Glasgow. She was born, February 21, 1934, in Edmonton to the late Rollin and Ruby Fields Harper.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Priscilla Harper; and a brother, Rollin Harper, Jr. Norma was a member of the Edmonton United Methodist Church. She along with her husband owned and operated Parnell’s Trading Center in the Gascon Community for many years. Norma loved her community and the people therein. She was a very active person, she loved square dancing and dealing in antiques, especially depression glassware. Norma enjoyed deer hunting and always made time to go fishing with Willard.

Norma is survived by her husband of 72 years, Willard Parnell whom she adored; three children, Lanny and wife Carolyn Parnell of Edmonton, Steve and wife Cathy of Highlands, North Carolina, and Cindy and husband Sam Reeves of Lexington; her grandchildren, Tiffany (David) Matthews, Samuel (Rachel Knauff) Reeves, James David (Brittany) Parnell, and TaiAnn (Ben) Webster; great-grandchildren, Ryder Knauff, Samuel Reeves, IV, Emma Rice, Benson Webster, Steph Knauff Reeves, Savannah Webster, Kennon Matthews, Landree Matthews, and Harper Parnell; and two sisters, Joyce Ford of Chicago and Cary (KK) Dabney of Louisville.

Funeral services for Mrs. Parnell will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at Butler Funeral Home in Edmonton with burial in the Edmonton Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, January 9th from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM Tuesday until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Shriners’ Hospital or Edmonton United Methodist Church.

Butler Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted to the care of Mrs. Parnell. Please share your messages of condolence with the family at

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