May 29, 2014


Andrea Jo Parrott-Ondarza, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas, peacefully passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014, after a tenacious battle with cancer.

Memorial services were Saturday, May 17, in the auditorium of Haltom High School, Haltom City, Texas. Services in Carroll, Iowa, will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at First United Methodist Church.

Annie was born in Spencer, Iowa, on Aug. 4, 1978, moved to Carroll, Iowa, and graduated from Carroll High School in 1996, and later moved to Fort Worth, Texas, in 2001. As a child she was actively involved in multiple sports, church activities, and excelled in high school athletics.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa, Annie moved to Texas, first working for the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Worth, and she later embarked on her dedicated teaching career in Fort Worth at the Wedgewood Sixth Grade Campus, and then worked in Birdville ISD at the Academy at West Birdville. Annie participated in educational studies in Brazil, received her master's in instruction and curriculum from Tarleton State University, and embarked on her doctoral studies at the University of North Texas.

Annie understood the splendid gift of life. There was nothing small about her life. Over her life Annie dedicated her time to helping others, volunteering at Union Gospel Mission, mentoring through the Boys and Girls Club, sponsoring after-school activities, loved traveling, studying abroad, enjoyed crafts, and pottery classes. Annie's love for life her devotion to friends, and deep bond with family will forever be remembered. Annie's joy and love for her family, friends and those in need was always in terms of "how much can be done." Her ability to give to others has continued in death. Annie donated her body to science for further research.

Annie is survived by her husband, Jose Ondarza, daughter Ellen Andrea Ondarza, her mother JoEllen Severin, father and stepmom Patrick and Mary Parrott, brothers Ben and Collin Parrott and their families, grandmother Ellen Severin, and countless aunts, uncle, cousins, in-laws and friends.

Annie was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Don Severin, and her paternal grandmother, Rita Parrott.