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Mazel Parsons Andrews

July 7, 1925 — December 11, 2020

Mazel Parsons Andrews, 95, of Maryville, Tennessee, formerly of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2020, due to complications of old age.

Mazel grew up in Mt. Gilead, a small town in North Carolina. After graduation from the high school in Mt. Gilead, she attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (named the University of North Carolina Women’s College at that time) and graduated in 1946. After college she taught science and home economics in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 1948 she married her husband, Thomas Boone Andrews, Jr., and moved with him to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he was to be employed with TVA as an engineer. Mazel began a job teaching science and home economics at Park Junior High School.
In 1951 she left teaching to raise her daughters. Once her children were in school, Mazel went back to school at the University of Tennessee and got her degree in library science. She was school librarian at Bearden Middle School for 14 years.
Mazel and Tom were members of Church Street United Methodist Church and active members in the Murphy Builders Sunday School Class and made many close friends there. After Tom’s death and her retirement from teaching, Mazel was a volunteer church librarian and chairman of the church history committee for 2 years. She also was a volunteer librarian at Knoxville Children’s Hospital. Upon moving into a house in the Buckingham Village in Shannondale of Knoxville, she organized a library at Buckingham and later organized a library at Shannondale Retirement Center.

Mazel was a member of the Knoxville Symphony League and the Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art. She was a member of the Sequoyah Garden Club and served as president for 2 years. She was also active in The Friends of the Library. Through the years Mazel enjoyed several bridge clubs with numerous friends. She enjoyed travel and visited several countries and most of the states. She and some of her travel companions were often called “the Holy Eight” as they were members of Church Street United Methodist. She was also active in the Knoxville Embroidery Guild, creating many beautiful items.

Mazel was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas B. Andrews, Jr.; her parents William Clifton and Myrtle Boyd Parsons; her sister, Eleanor Parsons Panetti, and her niece, Marguerite Panetti. She is survived by her daughter, Fae Burkhart and her husband Patrick Burkhart of Maryville, TN, and her daughter, Mary Sue Andrews and her husband Robert Markisello of Mt. Pleasant, SC; 3 grandchildren, Sarah Burkhart-Perkins and her husband, Brent Perkins of Chattanooga, TN, and Tom Burkhart and Jessica Burkhart who both live in Boulder, Colorado; and 2 sisters, Myrtle Ray Parsons Blake of Asheville, NC, and Arlene Parsons Whitley of Midland, NC.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the staff and administration of Shannondale of Maryville for the excellent care and concern for Mazel during her seven years with them.

No services will be held at this time due to the Covid pandemic. Mazel is to be interred at a later date in Sharon Cemetery in Mt. Gilead, NC next to her husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Library or the History Committee at Church Street United Methodist Church (Church Street UMC, 900 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902) or to the Knoxville Public Library Foundation, 500 W. Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902.

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