Debra "Deb" Jo Parnacott

April 24, 1957February 24, 2021
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Debra “Deb” Jo (Watt) Parnacott, age 63, of Gladstone, MO passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM, with a Rosary Service at 7:00PM, at the McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Rd., Kansas City, MO 64119. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:00AM at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 900 NE Shady Lane Dr., Kansas City, MO 64119 with Fr. Don Farnan officiating.

Burial will follow services in Resurrection Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

Deb was born in Corning, IA to Nancy Jo (Moore) and James L. Watt on April 24, 1957. She went to Oak Park High School and graduated in 1976.

She married Joseph Parnacott on July 1st 1988 in Gladstone, Missouri.

Deb was a stay at home mom who devoted herself to caring for her family. Later, she worked as an Adventure Club Associate Teacher in the Park Hill School District for 5 years. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and her new role as a stay at home dog mom. Some of their favorite memories include all the meals, celebrations and vacations she planned and prepared for her family and the dedication she showed to her Wednesday evening figure drawing sessions and her different groups of school, coffee shop and church friends.

Deb was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish for over 30 years where she was involved with faith formation, religious education and Boy Scouting. She was involved in PTA as a member, volunteer and officer throughout the duration of her children’s education in the North Kansas City School District. She received a Lifetime membership in the Missouri PTA.

Deb is preceded in death by her mother Nancy Jo (Moore) Watt. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Joseph Parnacott; children, sons Christopher W. Parnacott and Timothy J. Parnacott , daughter Margaret Nancy Parnacott, Brothers Patrick L Watt and Michael R Watt; father James L. Watt; uncle Robert R. Moore and aunt Lynn A. Moore.

Pallbearers will be Gerard Parnacott, Timothy Parnacott, Thomas Parnacott, Jeffrey Peak, Riley Peak and Samuel Angelo.

Memorials may be given in Deb’s memory to ALS Association Mid-America Chapter at

The family of Debra Parnacott wishes to extend our sincere thanks to her physician Dr. Michael Shinn at Meritas Health Briarcliff, her neurologists Dr. Statland, Dr. Jawdat and the rest of their team in the ALS Clinic at KUMC, Pharmacists Lisa Pedroza, Loree Hoflander and the pharmacy staff at the Englewood Road HyVee, nurse Melissa Blackwell, CNA Araceli Felder, Social Worker Jill Recker and everyone else at Ascend Hospice, Tara Dhakal and the ALS Association Mid America Chapter, Charles McNemee remodeling contractor and friend who made several accessibility modifications to the home, Jeff Widener for organizing the weekly figure drawing sessions, and to Deb’s many friends in the Faith Communities at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Northland Mission Church.


  • Joseph Parnacott, Husband
  • Christopher W. Parnacott, Son
  • Timothy J. Parnacott, Son
  • Margaret Nancy Parnacott, Daughter
  • Patrick L. Watt, Brother
  • Michael R. Watt, Brother
  • James L. Watt, Father
  • Robert R. Moore, Uncle
  • Lynn A. Moore, Aunt

  • Gerard Parnacott, Pallbearer
  • Timothy Parnacott, Pallbearer
  • Thomas Parnacott, Pallbearer
  • Jeffrey Peak, Pallbearer
  • Riley Peak, Pallbearer
  • Samuel Angelo, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, March 4, 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, March 4, 2021


Debra "Deb" Jo Parnacott

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Kris Eiseman

March 25, 2021

Debbie will be missed by many. She was such a kind hearted person. Our kids were in grade school together and I use to see her a lot because we both volunteered. We went to coffee a lot too.
Debbie was very friendly and always ready to help. She was a lot of fun too.
One time my Dad came to stay with us, he was having a hard time. One thing he loved was playing the piano. We didn’t have one but Debbie and Joe brought over their electric piano for my Dad to use as long as he wanted. He was thrilled! That was such a nice and thoughtful thing to do.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Joe, Chris, Tim and Nancy. ❤️

Jo Thornley Cox

March 9, 2021

Joe, Chris, Tim, and Nancy,
I’m so sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. I hadn’t seen her for a long time, but she definitely left an impression. Here are only a few attributes that I recall: She was passionate, humble, talented, faith-filled, devoted to you, so proud of you, generous, kind, creative, funny, smart, caring. How wonderful that God put you all together to share life. She brought so much goodness to those who knew her, whether for a moment or a lifetime. May God send his angels to walk with you in your sorrow and to help you rediscover the joy that was Deb.

Sherri Hochstatter

March 9, 2021

Just heard the sad news. I had Tim in Sunday school, but once you have someone child in Sunday school you know families for awhile. Deb had a great smile and a quiet voice. The quiet ones were the ones I learned to listen to, to find wisdom in which to share. I mostly learned from Deb was to never stop learning and listening. The one thing she said? I don't really remember, but the feeling. I do.
She truly loved her family. The whole world could see that.

Ann Ingalls

March 5, 2021

I just learned this morning about Deb's passing. I can honestly say that in my long life, I have rarely met anyone as kind, gentle,
genuine, and caring as Deb. I am so terribly sorry for you loss. She has been welcomed into heaven with open arms.

Mark Zimmerman

March 4, 2021

Joe, Chris, Tim, and Nancy -

I was so saddened to read of Deb's passing. Our families and Deb and I connected in conversations and activities through Scouting and at St. Charles often, such that I felt I knew her.

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of transition.

God Bless

Lindsey Willsey

March 4, 2021

Deb is sure a wonderful lady, no doubt about it. She loved her family and friends deeply. Her heart is kind and generous. She loved her people through and through. We miss her so. Thoughts and prayers to all of her beloved family. She made the world better!!

Kathy. Ludwig

March 3, 2021

We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet Deb. She was a sweet and caring person that everyone enjoyed being around .
I also enjoyed working with her on Kaw Valley Center Scout Christmas Party.
I was honored to attend the United Way Volunteer of the Year Award with Deb. She received award from Kaw Valley Center coordinating the Scout Christmas parties for over 10 years.
She will be missed. Love, Kathy & Rick Ludwig

Kathy Burgon

March 3, 2021

Looking through those photos was such a treat. You can see how much Deb loved her life as a wife and mother. I enjoyed hearing her talk about the work she did on art projects around the city. Never tooting her own horn, she was so talented.
Everyone she touched was blessed beyond words, for she modeled the life of a daughter of God.

Becca Mayhugh

March 2, 2021

Sending healing prayers to Deb's family...may you find peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead.

With deep sympathy.


Steven Wheeler

February 28, 2021

A wonderful woman who truly followed the faith. God bless her family in this difficult time. Class of 76.