Maybelle T. Parton loved beekeeping, gardening, genealogy

Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 7:10 p.m. CDT; updated 7:50 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 5, 2014

COLUMBIA — Maybelle T. Parton was a beekeeper with a passion for gardening.

Mrs. Parton died Thursday, April 3, 2014. She was 85.

She was born July 22, 1928, in Hindsville, Ark., to Everett Lee and Jessie Hazel Smith Trollinger. She married Elmer F. Parton Jr. on March 29, 1954.

Mrs. Parton worked for 22 years as long-distance operator for General Telephone Co. in Columbia and was also involved in the family business, Parton Delivery and Transfer. In addition to her love of beekeeping and gardening, Mrs. Parton was also interested in genealogy. 

Mrs. Parton is survived by two children, Brenda Kay Parton of Columbia and Gene F. Parton of Jefferson City; two brothers, Kenneth Lee Trollinger of Arizona and Donald Trollinger of Washington; seven grandchildren, Jesse Jose of Columbia, Juan Carlos of Columbia, Aaron E. Parton of St. Louis, Andrea D. Jackson of Savannah, Ga., Tyler J. Parton of Jefferson City, and James Kinder and Kate Kinder, both of Boonville; and two great-grandchildren, Lucas C. Jackson and Isabelle L. Parton.

Her husband; her sister, Donna Mae Kinder; and her brother Ronald Lee Parton died earlier.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 904 Old 63 S. Services will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202.

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