Mary Parsley Beard
July 14, 1948 - April 24, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Parsley Beard passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the age of 69.

Mary was a lifelong resident of Pascagoula born on July 14, 1948. She was a longtime member of Ingalls Avenue Baptist Church. She enjoyed crafting including sewing, making floral arrangements and wreaths for the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James S. Beard; mother, Dell S. Parsley; and grandparents, Rev. C.A. and Elizabeth Simmons.

She is survived by her daughter, Shanon (Steve) Crenshaw of Pascagoula, MS; stepson, Kelly (Bonita) Beard of Pascagoula, MS; sister, Ann Willis of Moss Point, MS ; special nieces, Jacqueline and Julia Willis both of Pascagoula; grandchildren, James (Whitney) Beard of Richland, MS, Sara Beard of Brandon, MS and Nicholas Krebs, Ashley Krebs both of Pascagoula, MS; special friends, Carol and Olen Fore and Marie Renick.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 10-12 am at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula with funeral service to follow at noon in the chapel. Interment will conclude at Serene Memorial Gardens in Escatawpa. Pastor John Turner will officiate the service.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Plaza Community Living Center for their tender love and care during her illness. Condolences may be expressed online at