Justine Parsons Chappell, 91, died peacefully at Community Hospice - McGraw Center for Caring in Jacksonville, FL on Sunday May 23, 2021.
Justine had a strong, genuine Christian faith. She was a great conversationalist, a friend to all, had a delightful sense of humor, a positive spirit and always made the best of any situation. Like a flower, Justine bloomed wherever she was planted. She was an avid baseball fan, reader and loved baking, cooking and knitting. She made amazing Christmas stockings for friends and family and was a wonderful mother and grandmother.
Justine was born on October 24, 1929 (the day of the great stock market crash) in Hartford, Connecticut to C. Briggs Parsons and Ruth Coombs Parsons. She had one sister, Joanne Parsons Kristopik.
She graduated from Hall High School in West Hartford, Conn and went on to receive her Associates degree from the University of Connecticut. On March 21, 1953 she married David Lester Chappell in West Hartford, Conn.
In the late 60’s, Justine created a home-based business, JC Hors D’Oeuvres. From 1973-1990, she worked for CIGNA Corporation in Bloomfield, Conn. She had three children - Susan Chappell, Ellen Hiser and David Chappell. After retirement, Justine and her husband moved to Lexington, Ohio to be near her grandchildren. From 1992-2009, she owned and operated the Next Door Bed & Breakfast. In 2012, she followed her daughter Ellen and moved to Jacksonville, FL.
Justine is survived by her daughter, Susan Chappell of Ayer, MA; her daughter, Ellen Hiser of Atlantic Beach, FL; her grandson, Zac Hiser, his wife Jessica Hiser and great grandchildren Rowen Elizabeth and Elliot Justine of Mansfield, OH; and her granddaughter, Hannah Justine Hiser of Columbus, OH.
She is preceded in death by her husband, David Chappell; her sister, Joanne Kristopik; her son-in-law, Bill Hiser; and her son, David J. Chappell and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Reale Chappell.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Wyndham Lakes and Community Hospice - McGraw Center for Caring, as well as other Florida friends and family, Jill Morrow, Sally Hazelip, Steve Petitt, Natalie Thomas and Natalie Costas for the amazing love and care they gave Justine during her final days on this earth.
The family will be holding a private memorial service. If you would like to honor the life of Justine, the best way would be to simply follow some of the great examples she set for us: Look for the good in people (even when it’s hard), find the positive in whatever life throws your way, be kind and laugh more often.