Alice Moseley “Babs” (nee White) Parsons

June 30, 2020


Passed away on June 30, 2020, at the Health Sciences Center in St. John’s at the age of 98. Predeceased by her parents Arthur and Jessie (nee Dawe) White, her husband Frederick Butt (1976) and her second husband Lamont Parsons (2002). Leaving to mourn and cherish the many wonderful memories of her life with us, her daughter Judy Norris (David) in St. John’s and her son Chris Butt (Kathy Harrigan), in Dartmouth NS, her step-daughters; Barbara Clancy (Chris) in St. John’s and Brenda Bjerkseth (Philip) in Pickering ON, her grandchildren; Matthew Norris (Francesca), Stephen Norris (Sharon), Jessica Norris (Chris Hedges), Alex Butt (Cailin Macdonald), Karen Butt (Gordon Paterson), Elizabeth Bjerkseth, and Allison Bjerkseth (Andrew Kennedy) and 8 great grandchildren, along with the staff and her many friends at Tiffany Village, and her friends and colleagues at RBC Dominion Securities in St. John’s. She was a force in any conversation and had a terrific sense of humor. She had a brilliant flair for the stock market, she was a tireless gardener, a wicked scrabble player, a dance floor magnet, and a serious threat to the lobster population. A special thank you to the staff at Tiffany Village for their compassionate care, support and friendship over the years. At Babs’ request, cremation has occurred, and a memorial service and celebration of her life will be scheduled for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Babs’ memory may be made to The Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in St. John’s, or the charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carnell’s Funeral Home.



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It is with great sadness we say good buy to a loving friend. Our condolences are with you and our happy memories of Babs will be in our hearts always.

Judy and family,
Barbara and family
Our sincere condolences on the passing of a dear lady. She had such great spirit and love of life. and we know you must have many happy memories that will help to cope with your loss.
Thinking of everyone,
Jan and Rick Spracklin.

I was so very sorry to hear of Babs’ passing. She was a great friend of my grandmother, Mary Marshall, and Mary’s sister Fran Hawkins. I have many fond memories of them all together, always laughing about something or other. They had a lovely group of friends.

Babs had a long life, well lived. I hope your memories bring you comfort.

So saddened to hear of Aunt Babs’ passing…. she must be the last of the “old gang”… always insightful and funny, always well-informed on things… many times I think of the story of Aunt Babs and Gail Elliott…. you must have all heard it… when they were both working downtown, and walking together along a slippery sidewalk on Water Street (I think), clinging together for safety… one with MS, the other with the bad leg… they said “If one goes, we both go” or maybe “If we go, we go together”… I say this often and think of them when in a slippery walking situation with someone else I’ll say “let’s hang on to each other… if one goes we both go”…. and laugh and then probably tell them the story of Aunt Babs and Gail…. we howled over that story a few times.

So now perhaps they are together again in some way. And so many nights with Aunt Fran and Mom…. that was a great little crew!

You must all have such wonderful memories… my condolences to Judy, Chris, Barbara, Brenda and all your families, but I know you celebrate a special life, a special lady. xo , Gayle

Sincere condolences to Judy, Chris, Barbara, Brenda and families.
It was a pleasure to chat with Babs when seeing her at the Cathedral and in particular, we had a tradition, with Elizabeth Anne Murphy, of having our soup and sandwich lunch together at the parish sale. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, with her faith we know she is in the nearer presence of God.
Anthea and Michael.

Sincere sympathy
Marilyn Pike
Cathedral of st John the Baptist.

I we’re so sorry to hear of Barbs’ passing. She and Lal were good friends of my parents, Ray and Gwen Cole, and I spent a lot of time enjoying their company as well. I miss seeing all of her flowers when I drive by their house. She will be greatly missed. Let all of your good memories guide you through these difficult days.
Georgie & Norm Macfie

Dear Judy
What sadness for you and all your family. Sending my sympathy but know how many memories, including mine own that your mother has left behind.
Holding you in my thoughts;

Deepest sympathy to you all at this time. I know she will live on in your hearts forever….a beautiful lady.

Judy, Dave and Family.: our sincere sympathy on the passing of a very fine lady. We’re sure you’ll miss her very much, as will her many other friends and family members..

May beautiful memories of her help soften the sadness of these recent months.

Dear Judy ,Dave and family. So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I enjoyed saying hello and having chats with her when visiting my mom . I know the angst and heartache of watching our loved ones age and start leaving us. We are all going to a better place with much comfort and peace. Thanks for offering your car there about a year ago I guess. Not sure if and when I can visit my mom. Life is so complicated now. Hope you and your family are healthy and safe. Sincerely. Ronda Lake Parker

Our deepest condolences to Judy, David and family. on the passing of your dear mother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Ken and Karen

A wonderful neighbour and friend. She will be missed.

Dear Judy & Family,
Gordie & I are saddened today to learn of your mother’s passing. She was such a lovely lady & as you said in her obituary, she was a force in any conversation for sure. We always enjoyed meeting her at Gordie’s Auntie Margie & Uncle Fred Milley’s parties & wherever we would cross paths.. We will miss her. We are sorry that circumstances don’t allow us to express our condolences in person but please know that we are thinking of you all. She is finally at peace at the end of a long & well lived life.

Judy and family……I was saddened to read of Babs passing…..I always looked forward to our chats after church and again when we enjoyed a casual lunch….always loved her stories of the Dawe family…..such an interesting lady with a great sense of humour……
A very sad time for you and your family…..take care…
Margaret Dawe Collingwood.

Brenda and Barb…… Sorry to hear of Babs passing. My thoughts are with you at this time.
When I think of Babs I recall my banking days and seeing her dropping by the office on her daily route… always with a smile and very energetic.
Take care

Dear Judy:
I am sorry for your sad news on your Mother’s passing, but happy for your Mum that she is at peace. She had a wonderful life with family and friends and now you have these memories to share each day.
My thoughts are with you.
Jackie MacNab

Margaret and I wish to express our condolences to Judy and Chris on the loss of their mother. Margaret’s parents , Elmo and Eleanor Baird , at 100 and 97 years of age are in Tiffany, where Babs Parsons lived , and they knew Babs well and we always enjoyed seeing her and having a chat during our visits to Tiffany. Hey Chris, I trust all is well with you in Nova Scotia. It has been over 22 years since I retired from Aliant. Always enjoyed the times we met from a business perspective when the four companies amalgamated. Maybe we can catch up next time you are in St. John’s.

A fine lady!!

Barb and Chris, Sincere condolences. Take care.
Pat and Doreen , Mount Pearl.

Dear Judy and Chris, Barb and Brenda and families,
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mom and Step-Mom, our beloved Aunt Babs. She was such a warm and witty woman. We cherish many memories of her, but especially the Friday Night Scrabble marathons with Mom and Aunt Fran, when they were in their 80’s. They were quite the crew.
Love and condolences to you all,
Janet and Shannon Tapper Coombes

Judy and family, my condolences on your mom’s passing. Your are in our hearts and thoughts. God bless.

We first met Babs with my Uncle Lal. Since then we enjoyed her company on numerous occasions. She was a very independent and interesting lady. She will be missed. Condolences to the family.
Keith, Debbie and Sarah Parsons

So sorry to hear of Babs’ passing.I was privileged to have several chats with her over the years.An outstanding woman!
I am Rosemary,Harry Ford’s daughter.My grandmother,Esther,was Babs’ aunt.

Judy and Family,
Barbara and Family,

My condolences on the passing of a wonderful woman.
You did a lovely job of describing her in your obituary, nothing else needs saying. I have many fond memories of time spent with her and her wonderful group of friends. They were a generation who worked hard and really enjoyed the best that life has to offer.

Love and sympathy to you all.

Judy and Chris:

This is sad news. I have so many wonderful memories of Babs, both with Fred and Lal, and from Kent Place to Tiffany. She has really been part of my life forever and is, I believe, the last of a very close group of friends that came together in St. John’s around 1940 and stayed together. As (my) Chris notes, she was a wonderful source of intelligence and stories about past escapades of our parents. Know that our thoughts are with you. We will definitely miss her.

Sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences at this most difficult time.

Babs will be sorely missed

I have such wonderful memories of “Babs” When she married Lal she insisted they would have a private wedding but we all turned up at the Anglican Cathedral anyway. We had a running joke about our names hers was Alice and mine Elizabeth but everyone called us Babs. I would see her at Tiffany and even when she was loosing her grip on things I would say “hello Babs one” she would laugh and say “hello Babs two”

Judy , Dave and Family …sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing… the age of 98 she lived a wonderful full life…..our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

sorry to hear about your mom

Judy and Family,

Sorry to hear of your moms passing.. She sounds as though she was a force to be reckoned with and a Joy to you all.
May the wonderful memories you have shared together over the years, help to keep her close in your heart always.
Deepest sympathies

Rest In Peace Babbs, and deepest heartfelt condolences to Judy and family…

I met Babs through Lal who was a family friend. Such an adorable lady. Thinking of her family at this sad rime.

Judy and family. A long life lived and a wonderful life she had..I so enjoyed many hairdos and conversations with Babs at the salon.RIP dear friend.
With love.Jackie Walsh.Sending hugs Judy❤️🙏