Peaceful 09

Lauren Rys Parsons

March 29, 1981 ~ September 18, 2022 (age 41)

Obituary

Lauren Rys Parsons, 41, of Colchester, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday Sept 18, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Lauren was born in Norwich, CT on March 29,1981. She grew up in Oakdale, and graduated from Montville High School in 1999. Lauren earned a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire, where she met her husband Matt Parsons. He may have had to win her over with lots of Friendly's ice cream at first to get her attention, but he soon became the love of her life and they later got married in August 2007. They settled in Colchester, CT where they made their home and were raising their two beautiful children, Molly, 10, and Connor, 7. For the last 5 years, she was employed by Colchester Public Schools as an Occupational Therapist at both Colchester Elementary and Jack Jackter. Prior to this, she worked in various pediatric settings including, Advanced Therapy Solutions and Rehabilitation Associates of CT, Birth to Three, helping countless children and families navigate social and physical challenges in order to thrive in everyday life. 

Lauren will be remembered for her strength of character and grace with which she lived with terminal cancer for the past 7 years. Despite her diagnosis, she didn't let it define her and continued to engage in all life had to offer, never taking for granted an opportunity to travel and spend time with those she loved. She always looked forward to an annual vacation in Hampton Beach, NH with family and friends. She enjoyed being a member of the Colchester community, participating in local activities and always lending a helping hand to neighbors/friends. She was an extremely devoted mother, always supporting her children in their friendships, in school, and in all their activities. 

Lauren was a member of the Colontown cancer support group, where she not only found a great deal of help and friendship, but she also gave support to others facing their diagnosis. Lauren's family would like to express their enduring and heartfelt gratitude to the nurses, clinicians and medical staff at Eastern CT Hematology & Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for caring for and supporting her through these years. Her loss will be mourned by many, but she will be forever loved and remembered by her husband Matt Parsons of Colchester, children, Molly and Connor Parsons; parents Steve and Susan (Krysiewicz) Rys of Oakdale; sister, Kristin (Chris) McDermott and nephew, Reece McDermott of Quincy, MA, and numerous extended family members and dear friends. 

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 25th, from 12-3pm at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral home at 167 Old Hartford Rd, Colchester CT. A celebration of Lauren's life will be held on Monday, September 26th, gathering at 10:30am, with services starting at 11am at the Aurora-McCarthy funeral home. Burial will follow at the new Saint Andrew's Cemetery. 

Lauren, during her cancer journey, received treatment from top-notch research facilities. Her wishes were to help those with a similar diagnosis by supporting research towards improved treatment options and a cure for colorectal cancer.

Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following institutions in Lauren's memory: 

Dana Farber Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Colorectal Cancer Research and Care

or

Eastern CT Hematology and Oncology 

Monetary donations can be sent in memory of Lauren Parsons to 330 Washington Street, Suite 220, Norwich, CT

To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store.


Services

Visitation
Sunday
September 25, 2022

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aurara McCarthy Funeral Home
167 Old Hartford Road
Colchester, CT 06415

Chapel Service
Monday
September 26, 2022

11:00 AM
Aurara McCarthy Funeral Home
167 Old Hartford Road
Colchester, CT 06415

Burial
Monday
September 26, 2022

New St. Andrew Cemetery
Gillettes Lane
Colchester, CT 06415

Donations

Dana Farber Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Center
Web: http://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/laurenparsons

Memorial Sloan Kettering Colorectal Cancer Research and Care
Web: http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/Laurenparsons

Eastern CT Hematology and Oncology
330 Washington Street Suite 220, Norwich CT 06360

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