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Obituary: Virginia Bond Parman

Virginia Bond Parman died at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on December 27, 2017 of complications from pneumonia.  Virginia was born on November 11, 1941 to William Crawford and May Belle Leidigh Bond, members of Louisville KY founding families, in Queens, NY.  As the daughter of a NBC radio announcer turned Baldwin piano salesman, she lived all over this country from Illinois, to Alabama, Utah, Tennessee and finally Ohio.  While living in Alabama, a cross was burned in her front yard as the family was Catholic; in Utah she rehearsed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and learned to love golf; and in Tennessee now Senator Lamar Alexander accompanied her on the piano.  Virginia moved to Oxford Ohio, graduated from Talawanda High School, a school later attended by her future son-in-law, and matriculated at Miami University in 1959 with a voice scholarship, majoring in education.  While at Miami, she was a radio broadcaster for WMUB, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and met and married Mark C. Parman; they later divorced.  She moved to Springfield, Ohio where she and her husband taught in the Springfield Local School District.  She was active in the local arts community, often having leading roles in summer productions such as Oklahoma, Music Man and the King and I.  She participated in local government through her roles with the League of Women Voters and work on the early campaigns for now Senator Sherrod Brown.  She was a member of the choir at High Street Methodist Church and the cantor for the reform congregation of Temple Shalom during various holidays.  Her pumpkin pie, with her county fair blue-ribbon crust, was highly sought for the Jewish High Holy days each year.   She loved leading her daughter’s 4-H sewing group and supporting her daughter’s later 4-H equestrian activities.  In 1986, she moved to Columbus, Ohio for a position with the Ohio Credit Union League, Shared Branching Division, achieving the position of Assistant Vice President before her retirement in 2004.  Upon retirement, Virginia moved to Wilmington NC and enjoyed an amazing community of members of the Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, book clubs, the local library, Chattooga Place neighbors and the arts.  In addition to her passion for the arts and education, Virginia also became an advocate for trafficked women in the Wilmington area.  She loved baking for her church and developing new and exciting programs for church and community members, such as the annual fashion show and various teas and speaking engagements.  Other than the time raising her children in Springfield Oh, her time and fellowship in Wilmington was the best of her life, for which her family will always be grateful.   Virginia is survived by her daughter, Dr. Rebecca L. Jaworski, son-in-law, Maj (rt. USMC) Scot Jaworski and three grandsons, Nicholas, Jack and Mark, of Annandale VA.  She was preceded in death by her parents and son, William “Billy” Chris Parman (1992).
 A Memorial Service will be held on January 27, 2018 at Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, 1209 N. Lake Park Boulevard at 11:00AM, with a reception for friends and family to follow.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Virginia B Parman to “Friends of New Hanover County Public Library”.  Virginia was a fiercely loving, loyal and independent woman, always putting her children first in her life.  A life that can be summed by a quote from Winston Churchill “Never, Never, Never Give Up”.

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