Patsy Lee Parsons “Pat”
Born: 9 June, 1931
Died: 26 October, 2006
Attended Mar-Ken from 1939-1946.
Patsy Lee Parsons worked in the movies as child star in 1937 through 1942; she continued acting and appeared in many TV shows through 1956; especially in Sci-Fi TV shows.
From the October 7. 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
GRAMMER NEWS: Let’s take a peek at the grammar grades and see what our young Mar-Keners have been doing in the line of work. Well first let’s drop in on the babies (1st graders) … Paty Lee Parsons has added “The Three Musketeers” to her line of motion picture bits.
From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•Class Organization: The Junior High room, this year, has been organized according to the United States government. The election was held by ballot. The results are as follows: Judicial Department: Supreme Court, District Court – Patsy Parsons.
•YOU AND I – FROM PRIMARY TO JUNIOR HIGH: Patsy Lee Parsons – I went fishing and to the beach during summer vacation. Most of the time I rehearsed on my dancing as I am soon to start work at Monogram and Universal.
In the October 11, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•The fifth and sixth grades of Mar-Ken School held an election of officers today, and Patsy Parsons was elected Vice-President.
•Patsy was one of the reporters on the story about the fifth through eighth grades trip to the library.
From the October 25, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
•YOU AND I, FROM PRIMARY TO JUNIOR HIGH: Patsy Lee Parsons – – We wish to beg your pardon and clear up a mistake in last weeks paper. Patsy wrote the review of the story of “White Swallows.”
•A poem by Patsy Lee Parsons appeared in this issue of the school newspaper:
I walk in the forest all the long day
With Blue Butterflies helping my way,
The forest is good,
The forest is mine
And the Blue Butterflies
And the clouds that shine.
At night in the forest with birds in their nest.
The forest so quiet, the butterflies at rest.
The forest is good,
The forest is mine,
And the Blue Butterflies
And the stars that shine.
From the November 8, 1940 Mar=Ken Journal:
YOU AND I: Patsy Lee Parsons went to see her moving picture last Saturday. The name of it was “The Three Musketeers.” She also saw “Heroes of the Saddle,” in which she was featured. She sang in the picture. The picture “The Three Musketeers,” is really a western picture. The song she sang was “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing.” Patsy is in the sixth grade.
•Patsy Lee Parsons is on the decorating committee for the Halloween party.
From the 1940 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High Yearbook:
Patsy Lee Parsons was President of the fifth and sixth grade classroom in 1940. She coauthored a section on the classroom organization for this Yearbook.
From the November 20, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
Patsy Lee Parsons starts work next week on Dr. Christian serial and was on “Smarty Party” quiz.
From the January 10, 1941 Mar-Ken Journal:
YOU AND I: Patsy Lee Parsons to start to work at R.K.O.
From the 1941 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High Yearbook:
Patsy Lee Parsons was in the sixth grade in 1941. She wrote a poem about George Washington for the Yearbook; and she handled Class Organizations for the Yearbook.
From the 1942 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High School Yearbook:
•Seventh Grade Class Predictions: Patsy Lee Parsons will be a popular singer.
•Class Ambitions: Patsy Lee is determined to be an actress.
•Patsy Lee wrote a section in the Yearbook on “Our Unit of Study; Communication” and two poems as follows:
THE DANCING FAIRIES
By Patsy Lee Parsons . . 7th Grade
The man was shining, oh so bright!
Oh! so pretty on a moonlight night
The faries came out and began to play,
And they danced and danced, ’till
Dawn of day.
When dawn of day was passing by,
The faries vanished, by and by,
To an unknown land, where no one knows,
They ran away on the tips of their toes.
A LITTLE TOT
By Patsy Lee Parsons
When I was just a little tot,
Say two, or three, or four,
I’d sit upon my Mother’s knee
And she I would adore.
I’d love to listen while she read
The nursery rhymes to me,
When she put me in my bed
I’d jump and laugh with glee.
And after I was very tired,
Of romping all around,
I’d settle down to go to sleep
To wake at the break of dawn.
From the September 28, 1942 & the October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journals:
Patsy Lee Parsons is the Editor-in-Chief of the Junior High Section of these issues of the Mar-Ken Journal. She also wrote an article on Fashions and drew the accompanying graphic in both the newspapers.
From the October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journal:
•MOVIE NEWS OF THE WEEK: 7th and 8th Grades: Patsy is another one that saw “Iceland,” but can’t express her enthusiasm.
•FAVORITE SAYINGS: 7TH and 8th Grades: Patsy Lee Parson’s favorite saying is “Oh, Fudge!”
From the 1943 Mar-Ken Primary / Junior High School Annual:
•Nicknames: Patsy Lee – “Magpie”
•Predictions 21 years from now: Patsy Lee Parsons will be a dress designer.
•What would happen if – Patsy would stop looking at Jerry?
•Patsy Lee Parsons served on the Journalism Stencilers Committee. She also wrote ‘Our Unit of Study’ for the Annual.
•Last Will & Testament of Junior High: Patsy Lee leaves her fancy hairdos to Valya Terry.
From the 1944 Mar-Ken Yearbook, Transvia, “Freshman Biographies”:
PATSY PARSONS is a veteran at Mar-Ken. After six years here it is hard to remember that she originally came from West Virginia. Last year she won an award for having such good grades.
From the 1945 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, “Junior Biographies”:
Patsy Parsons – Secretary
Born – June 9, West Virginia
Greatest talent – designing
Favorite saying – good grief
Principal occupation – Studying
Chief Characteristics – eyes
Favorite food – Pot Roast
Destiny – Reporter
This is from the 1946 Mar-Ken School Yearbook, “Senior Biographies”:
Title: Pat Parsons
Copyright: West Virginia
Introduction: Pat is a very carefree person. She seems to enjoy life to the fullest extent.
Forward: To be an actress.
Illustrations: Eating pot roast. Wearing the color aqua. Scorning conceited people.
Glossary: “Where is the H2Os?”
Can you imagine: Pat Parsons standing still for a minute?
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