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Kathryn Charise Parsons

05/16/1970 - 09/25/2019
Service Date: 11/03/2019
Service Time: 1:00 PM
Service Location: Hilton Double Tree Event Center, 1800 S. Santan Village Pkwy, Gilbert, Arizona

Kathryn Charise Parsons, beloved daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother passed away on September 25, 2019, surrounded by loved ones in her Gilbert, AZ home, after a five-year battle with Colorectal Cancer. 

Charise was born on May 16, 1970 in Flagstaff, Arizona to Charles and JoAnn (Ervien) Parsons.  Charise lived life to the fullest, always keeping very busy and active.  She attended Mountain View High School where she participated in multiple sports and served her classmates as a member of the Student Government.  Charise graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business.  Career-oriented, she ambitiously worked from management to business ownership within the fundraising industry. 

Although her fight with cancer was long and difficult, Charise’s positive attitude and outlook on life inspired others who also fought the same battle. Constantly surrounded by friends and family, her love for life brightened the lives of all that knew her.  Charise’s love for being a mother and grandmother beamed through her devotion and dedication to her children and grandchildren. 

Charise was preceded in death by her father, Charles.  She was survived by her mother, JoAnn; children: Kennedy (Aaron) Luke, Jensyn, Shyan, Jordan, and Maddux, grandson, Camden; siblings: Tim, Greg (Suzette), Tiffany (Matt) Swann, Chantel (Clifton Fligger), and Taryn (Randy) Stock; life partner, Amy Benz, and the father of her children, Tom Green.

A Celebration of Life for Charise will be held on November 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Double Tree Event Center: 1800 S. Santan Village Pkwy, Gilbert, AZ 85295.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance fundraiser at fundraise.ccalliance.org.  Additionally, a Go Fund Me account has been established for her children at gofundme.com/f/love-for-charises-children.  We love you, Charise.  You will always be, “Our Sunshine.”


  • I am so sorry to hear of her early passing. What a beautiful woman she is.

  • Our sincerest condolences for Charise and her wonderful family. Charise was one of a kind and someone extremely special. We have so many cherished memories. With deepest respect and many prayers, The Gatrel Family

  • Kristen (Johnson) O'Neal

    My memories go back as far as Poston Junior High where Charise’s zest for all-things-joy and happiness radiated in her presence. Her laughter filled the classroom as well as her welcoming smile and continuous kind words. She never knew a stranger. Through our years at Mountain View, she carried on that same infectious personality. This past year we reconnected through social media. My awe never ceased as she attached cancer with that same boisterous confidence and faith that she was giving each day her best effort. She continues as an inspiration to many. Fly high my friend. My prayers continue to go out for her sweet family, friends and loyal supportive team. May you find comfort and peace in Charise’s beautiful life.

  • Debbie Lay Stewart

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of this beautiful young lady. I loved havinging tea parties when I babysat her so long ago.
    May you all be comforted and loved at this hard time. Still love you all. Me.

  • I am so sorry to hear that Charise has passed away. She did her best to battle this ugly disease. I am happy she is no longer in pain. She will truly be missed. She had such a positive outlook on life. An example to us all!

  • I just found out about her passing. I send my love and prayers. Charise was an amazing woman. Her spirit will live on forever.

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