Eleonore (Laura) Parma was born on Jan. 11, 1935 in a small Bavarian town of Furstenfeldbruck Germany. It was there where she met and married her husband who was serving in the US Air Force. They were married in 1956 and moved to Bay City, Texas where she became a US citizen. They moved to Houston where her husband Frank J. Parma was employed as an Air Traffic Controller and started a new life raising four children - Brigitte M. Magenheim of The Woodlands, Frank J. Parma Jr. of Rockport, Alexander D. Parma of Austin, and Edward B. Parma also of Austin.
Laura went to work for Braniff Airlines and served as a Ticket Agent for 16 years until the airline went bankrupt. She continued serving as a Travel Agent and was fond of traveling to many world and domestic locations with her husband and children. She made many trips back to Germany to visit friends and family and never forgot her roots, although she claims she was a real Texan thru and thru.
After they retired they moved to Elkins Lake in Huntsville, Texas which became their permanent home. They loved Huntsville and vowed they would never leave. Wanderlust was still in their blood and they took up the RV lifestyle and traveled all over the US, Canada, Alaska and Mexico. They traveled for 20 years where they met the most wonderful people in the world. Laura was very active in the St. Thomas Catholic Church, Elkins Lake Women's Club and other social clubs. She loved to entertain and enjoyed preparing her popular German dishes.
She spent her last few years in an Assisted Living home in Montgomery, Tex. where she passed away on Sept. 19, 2016. She developed dementia and although she could no longer remember her family or friends, she retained that complacent smile and appeared to be totally at peace. She had lived the good life, loved by many and was devoted to being a loving wife, mother and grandparent. May God rest her beautiful soul!
Catholic mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 23, 2016 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Huntsville, Texas.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation.
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on September 20, 2016