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“Mable (and Keith) were great friends (and of course, great friends of Jims parents, Gene and Margaret Goulette). We spent many, many great times...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Jim & Eileen Goulette - FL

“Connie & Janet Your mom was a wonderful woman,I enjoyed listening to her stories of Maine, she will missed ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Patty Finigan - Mechanicville, NY

“AND ALSO UNCLE DICK! ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Ginger Fitzgerald - Bangor, ME

“Aunt Mabel was the BEST! When I was little, she paid so much attention to me and didn't seem to be phased by my "antsiness." We did a lot of...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Ginger Fitzgerald - Bangor, ME

“I hadn't seen Aunt Mab for many years, but I shall always remember her for the fun times we all had as kids on Sebec Lake in Maine. I know that she...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Fred Woodworth - Ventnor, UK

“So many special memories of my Aunt Mabel fill my heart: weekend trips to Schenectady "all by myself" when I was in college, Easter vacation family...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Roberta Fitzgerald - Shamong, NJ

“i was so sorry to hear of mabel's passing-have many fond memories of our quilting group meetings. she was a lovely person-always cheerful and happy! ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: ruth townsend - rotterdam, NY

“My condolences to all her family I am so blessed to have gotten to be apart of her life she was such an amazing person. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: paula - mechanicville, NY

“I first met Mabel at Lisha's Kill Reformed Church. One of the nicest memories I have of Mabel is that she knew I had no family here and she invited...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: BJ Haner - Colonie,, NY

“She will be truly missed. We miss our card games together! ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: The Ricciardi Family - Rotterdam


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Mabel Ellen Washburn Parkman, 91, long time resident of Schenectady, NY, died of age-related causes at the Cook Adult Home, where she was given loving care for the past three years. She was born on July 13, 1923 in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, the daughter of Hattie Johnson Washburn and Fred Farrington Washburn.
She graduated from Foxcroft Academy, class of 1942 and married her childhood sweetheart, Keith Morrison Parkman November 13, 1942, just prior to his going into the Marine Corps to serve his country. After the war, the couple made their first home in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and in 1948 moved to Schenectady, New York.
She had a love of poetry and often quoted from the well known poem, Myself:
I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as the days go by
Always to look myself straight in the eye

I don't want to keep on the closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself
And fool myself, as I come and go
Into thinking that nobody else will know
The kind of woman I really am
I don't want to dress myself up in a sham.

I never can hide myself from me;
As I see what others may never see.
I know what others may never know
I have to live with myself, and so
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free.

She is survived by her three sisters: Metella Woodworth, Jane Grant both of Dover-Foxcroft, ME, Carolyn Olson of Pittsfield, MA, her brother, Richard Washburn of Tacoma, WA and her sister-in-law Barbara Wilson of Dover-Foxcroft, ME; two daughters: Janet Walton of Schuylerville, NY and Constance Clarke of Niskayuna, NY; six grandchildren: Rebecca Bennett, Jennifer Clarke, Seth Walton, Gretchen Clarke, Sarah Walton, Bethany Walton; ten great-grandchildren and twenty-four nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by: her husband, Keith Morrison Parkman; two sisters: Charlotte Palmer, Bertha Fitzgerald and two brothers, Frank Washburn and Robert Washburn.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be at a later date at the Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga County. Arrangements are in the care of the Bond Funeral Home, Schenectady, NY.