Linda Joyce (Parnell) Thrasher, 77, of Jacksonville, Florida, died August 14 at St. Vincent’s Hospital Riverside in Jacksonville. She was a former resident of East Falmouth.
The daughter of James and Josie (Flora) Parnell, she was raised in Jacksonville and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School with the Class of 1960.
She met Rodney O. Thrasher in 1959 while he was stationed in Jacksonville with the US Navy; they were married in 1961. Her husband’s military career moved them across the United States, and they lived in Los Angeles and San Diego on the West Coast and Cape Cod and Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on the East Coast.
Ms. Thrasher worked in accounting, and in her time at the Coast Guard Exchange System at Otis Massachusetts Military Reservation, she was promoted to assistant manager. After she and her husband both retired in 2003, they moved back to Jacksonville.
She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Massachusetts. A news item from the Enterprise archives noted that in 1991 she had been installed as a Deputy Grand Marshal of that chapter and that she had been a past Matron of Goodwill Chapter No. 123 in Falmouth.
Ms. Thrasher also had been a member of the Falmouth Assembly of the Rainbow advisory board, and when her son was born in 1978 at Falmouth Hospital, 20 young members of that group came to the hospital to look through the nursery room window at him.
She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, among other pastimes.
She leaves three children, Karen Boyer, Cindi Hanley and James Thrasher; four grandchildren, Thomas James Thrasher, Nora Hanley, Kaleb Thrasher and Jaxxon Thrasher; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Joyce Thrasher.
A reception was August 20 at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Local visitation will be Sunday, September 8, from 6 to 8 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne. A memorial service will be Monday, September 9, at noon at the funeral home. A private graveside service will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.