PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Georgia Parsons Eustis, 91, of Riverside, Rhode Island, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, at the Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1925, in Lewiston, the daughter of George Frances Parsons and Luella Louise Ernestine Small.

Georgia grew up in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School with the Class of 1943. She met Pennell S. Eustis, a U.S. Army veteran at University of Maine on the GI Bill, in the fall of 1946. They were married June 28, 1947, shortly after her graduation from the University of Maine.

Georgia worked for Bangor Hydroelectric until 1950 and Western Massachusetts Power Co. until 1952 where Penn received his master’s degree from Springfield College. After her three children were born, she began to teach. She taught in Brunswick, Maine, and Potsdam, N.Y., before moving to Rhode Island in 1965. She earned her Masters of Education at Rhode Island College and taught sixth-grade Language Arts and Social Studies in Barrington, R.I., for 25 years. She was a mentor to many student teachers through her collaboration with Rhode Island College and Roger Williams University. She also spent many summers working with the Rhode Island Board of Education, creating a standard curriculum for the sixth grade.

Georgia belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma, the professional honor society of key women educators, Barrington R.I. Women’s Club and Barrington Congregational Church, and was a volunteer with the Polk County, Florida Literacy Commission, Bok Tower docent in Lake Wales, Florida, Cypress Landing Homeowners board of directors and the NEA.

She played bridge, board games, croquet and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles.

Her husband, Penn, passed away after 63 years of marriage in 2009. His last years were clouded by dementia but Georgia was devoted to him. As she had done with her children, both those she bore and those she educated, she encouraged him and cared for him. Her kindness was her hallmark and her intelligence was inspirational. She was truly interested in the lives and well-being of all people she knew and met. She was loving and beloved and will be deeply missed.

She was predeceased by her husband, Pennell S. Eustis; her brother, John S. Parsons; and her grandson, Tyler J. Eustis.

Georgia leaves her sons, Scott M. Eustis and Stephen D. (Debbie) Eustis; and her daughter, Penney E.(Jeff) Hanson. Her grandchildren are Robert (Kristin), Andrew and Jack (Sara) Hanson and Matthew (Helen), Ashley and Thomas Eustis. She is also survived by her sisters, Jane Norris and Florence Hansen; and sister-in-law, Maribeth Parsons.

Georgia Parsons Eustis

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