Arlene Parsons, 75, of Reno, Nevada, passed away June 23, 2020, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Clancy and Helen Watrous, the only daughter and second of four children. The family moved to Dundee, Illinois, where Arlene met Don, the love of her life, when they were 13 years old. After graduating from Dundee High School, Arlene studied Art and Interior Design at Denver University and the
Art Institute of Chicago. Arlene and Don were married in Barrington, Illinois, where they raised their four children and enjoyed every moment and adventure of their 54-year marriage. Arlene enjoyed her career as a realtor, helping people find their perfect home. They lived in Bozeman, Montana and Las Vegas, Nevada before settling in Reno, Nevada in 1999. Arlene cherished her family, friends and animals. She was a kind and loving wife, a nurturing and supportive mother, and a tender and adventurous grandmother. She was a loyal, honest and steadfast friend. She gave the gift of presence to all who knew her with a radiant smile, generous spirit and compassionate heart. Animals were always an important part of her life. Her dogs were her constant companions and source of great joy. She treasured their unconditional love and felt they taught the world to be a kinder place.
She loved horses and in recent years was passionate about the welfare of wild horses in Nevada. She saw the world in color and created beauty in all that she touched. She was a Master Gardener and spent many hours cultivating, enjoying and sharing the colorful blooms inside and outside of her homes. Arlene remained a teacher and a student of art throughout her life, and her paintings captured the magic present in the world. Later in life, she found new passion in jewelry making, creating and wearing beautiful and unique necklaces that could share a story and inspire conversation. The home shared by Don and Arlene was always a welcome place for family and friends with more food than could ever be eaten, a beautiful table and plenty of laughter. She was known for her fabulous cooking and her ability to effortlessly host a lovely dinner or last-minute picnic. Everyone was always
She is survived by her husband, Don Parsons, their children Kathy, Shannon (Martin), Jud and Bo, and their grandchildren Jack, Charlie, Mia, Jessie and Nicholas. She is also survived by her brothers Butch (Sally), Bill (Fraina) and Jack (Cindy), along with a great number of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, friends and relatives, and her beloved dogs. A memorial service in celebration of Arlene’s life will be planned for fall 2020 in Reno, Nevada.
Donations can be made to Heart Soul Horses Helping Humans, Inc. (PO Box 921, Genoa, NV 89411) in honor of Arlene.