Betty Mae Parnell

  • Born: September 12, 1929
  • Died: September 30, 2018
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Cremation Society of New Hampshire

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (800) 493-8001

Tribute & Message From The Family

As she herself would say it, Betty Mae Parnell turned up her toes on September 30th at the age of 89. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Walter and Mae (Ackerson) Foster she grew up in Merrick, NY and graduated from W. C. Mepham HS where she was class President and irrepressible organizer of events. She then went off to Adelphi College where she was a proud member of Delta Gamma and co-president of the Student Association with her future husband Frank LoPresti. She put her education to use as an elementary school teacher for 23 years in Smithtown, NY and then taught outdoor education for BOCES for 3 years. Moving to New Hampshire she kept up her activities by spending 8 years directing children's activities at the Hooksett library. She particularly delighted in her 20 years with the Hooksett Garden Club and being the Queen Mom for the local Red Hat Society. Even those activities did not keep her occupied enough so she also volunteered over the years at the NH Audubon Society, the Salvation Army, the Currier Museum of Art and for the Granite State Ambassadors.

Above all Betty Mae thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with her eight grandchildren, Emily Herreshoff, Peter Galopin, Eric and Julia LoPresti, Ben and Spencer Brandon, Sasha Bauer and Sarina LoPresti all of whom she adored. When not organizing and playing games with the grandchildren she enjoyed grown-up pastimes such as playing uncountable hands of bridge, reading, traveling widely, racing Warren every Sunday to finish the Times crossword puzzle and gardening as often as is possible in New England.

Someone with the amount of energy that she had creates a void in the fabric of the universe when they leave. If you recently felt a disturbance in the force it was probably due to her passing. The ones who felt the disturbance the most are her sister Carol Hedges who was her best friend for the entire journey, their younger sister Judy Cooley, her patient and loving husband Warren Parnell, her three children: Larry LoPresti, Leigh LoPresti, and Lorinda (LoPresti) Brandon; her stepchildren Kelly Parnell, Dan Parnell, Eileen Galopin, and Kris Parnell; her aforementioned grandchildren plus two adorable greatgrandchildren Megan and Charlotte Herreshoff.

A celebration of her life will take place at 11:00am on October 27th in the multi-function room at Birch Hill, 200 Alliance Way, Manchester, NH. Coffee and chocolate will be served afterwards in memory of two of her favorite things.

Cremation Society of NH is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to


Condolence & Memory Journal

Betty Mae was a patient of ours. She used to tell me that she loved seeing my smile. I always loved seeing her smile, her genuine kindness and the obvious loving devotion of her husband, Warren.
My condolences on your loss. She will be missed by many.

Posted by Barbara Ward - Hooksett, NH   October 09, 2018

To the sweetest lady I have ever known. The first person I met in the Hooksett Garden Club. We were on the committee together for the Hooksett Memorial Bridge project. The bridge project started with a dream of Betty's to adorn the lilac bridge with flower boxes. Since the lilac bridge was deemed unsafe for pedestrians....the project was changed to the Memorial Bridge near Robies Country Store. A long project with many trips to the town office, the state and Macy Industries. Betty was there until it became a reality.
Betty was always so supportive of everyone. Like a second mother to many. Betty told so many wonderful stories about her family and grandchildren. She loved those trips that she and Warren took together to see the family. She loved going to Robies for coffee on Thursdays and always taking Warren breakfast back to their condo. A finer or sweeter person, Betty Mae had an angelic aura that could not be matched. Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel to great all those little children that she so loved.

Posted by Linda Hoban - Hooksett, NH - Friend   October 09, 2018

My deepest sympathy to Warren and Bettys family. I only knew her for a short time in Hooksett with the Red Hats and her active happy attitude always made one feel welcome.

Posted by Sandra Oliver-Ientile - Hooksett, NH   October 05, 2018

Hi Larry, Leigh and Lori, I am so sorry to hear about my Aunt, she was a great lady and will be missed by all the people she touched in life. Unfortunately, even though we have lost touch over the years I still remember all the good times I had at the BBQ's at the Smith town house. Out of all my Aunts she was always the most cheerful and upbeat, which was quite a feat with our Family lol. I am sorry for your loss and the loss to the world, may she rest in peace.

Posted by Patrick Zoccoli - Miller Place, NY - Family   October 04, 2018

Eva Louise Lane --I will miss you Betty , YOU are an amazing woman of the world. You always made me smile and laugh when we were together. Sorry we didn't make the "old folks quarters at Danby" happen, it would have been fun to drive the "kids" crazy. R.I.P.

Posted by Eva Lane - Whitehall, NY - Family Friend   October 03, 2018

It pains me deeply to hear of Mrs. Parnell's passing. I have known the LoPresti's since high school when she was married to Frank. They were blessings to all of us and she will be sorely missed by all. My condolences to Warren, Larry, Leigh, Lori and all of her grandchildren. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Salvatore Trifiletti - Williamsburg, VA - Family Friend   October 03, 2018

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