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Edna Parrell


She was born September 24, 1923, in Beldor, Va., the daughter of the late Ambrose W. Shifflet and Laura Morris Shifflet. The family moved to a farm near Hanoverdale in 1937 and Edna graduated from Hershey High School. On August 14, 1945, “V.J. Day,” Edna was married to Nicholas F. Parrell, who preceded her in death on March 29, 2011.  

She worked at the Olmsted Air Force Base depot, and later as a tour guide for Capitol Trailways. She volunteered for the Middletown Historical Society and other local groups.  Edna and her husband owned and managed several apartment buildings in Middletown. She attended the parish of Saint Andrew Episcopal Church, Harrisburg.   

In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by five brothers Dewey, Lunzie, Edward, Carl, and Otto, and three sisters Pearl Coleman, Nettie Sullivan, and Beulah Herring.

She is survived by one brother Kenneth E. Shifflet and his wife Anne of Harrisonburg, Va., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Saturday at Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., Hummelstown.

Burial was in Hanoverdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AK 72202.

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