History of the New First Lady of Missouri

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BOLIVAR, Mo. — We introduce you to Missouri’s new first lady, Teresa parson of Bolivar.

There she is holding the Bible for her husband as he is sworn in. 

Mrs. Parson says she’s proud to be the new first lady of Missouri and is ready to serve the people of our state.

She serves alongside her husband as the co-chair of the Jobs for America’s Graduates, or JAG, program in Missouri.

The program helps high-risk students and improves graduation rates.

More than 30 Missouri high schools use the program.

Teresa Parson has been married to her husband for more than 32 years.

They met at a Bolivar bank where she was a teller and he was a customer.

“We’re going to be praying,” Mrs. Parson said. “Our Sunday school class will be here and some local friends. We’re just going to be in prayer for the state of Missouri.

“It’s been nonstop. We haven’t slept much. We’ve been going. Mike’s been having meetings every day. I had an event last night back at home. I went home and back here this morning. It’s just a whirlwind.”

The new first lady retired two years ago after a 40-year career in the banking industry.

The parsons have two children and five grandchildren.

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