“To have someone like Aunt Lisa in our lives is such a blessing. We love her,’’ said Pauline Dixon.
“She’s just amazing,’’ added daughter Mary Louise, who is leading the Skyhawks in points (13.3), assists (5.0) and steals (1.3 per game) and is Stonehill’s second leading rebounder. “And she definitely knows her basketball.’’
Parsons is the youngest of seven children.
“The others are gone,’’ she said. “So I’m their matriarch in spirit.’’
Her father, Joseph, was a steamfitter at Springdale Finishing Co. in Canton. Her mother, Annie, worked as a stitcher at Nasher Manufacturing in Stoughton.
“In the winter, we used to store apples and pears from our trees in the basement, and we had chickens in the back yard,’’ she recalled. “It was the Depression and we had to take care of ourselves. Dad even chopped wood to help our family.’’
Kristin Cieri said her great-aunt is a family link to the past and an inspiration for the present.
When Parsons was being picked up en route to Oliver Ames, the Wellesley players began cheering from the bus as she waved to them.
“The smile on Aunt Lisa’s face that day,’’ said Cieri, “meant it was the start of a new season for all of us.’’
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