Jean Ruth Jarrell Parrish, age 90, of Hayesville, North Carolina, formerly of Stone Mountain, Georgia, passed away October 14, 2018.
She was born October 13, 1928 in Temple, Texas to A.J. and Ruth Cox Jarrell. She grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and Rome, Georgia. After graduating from Shorter College in Rome, she moved to Atlanta, where she worked as a medical technician at Fort McPherson. Jean studied voice for many years and sang in Atlanta's Theater Under the Stars and Atlanta Opera Arts, where she met her husband, Jack Parrish. They were married in 1956. She was a devoted wife and mother, a gifted homemaker, a strong and gracious Southern lady in the very best sense of the words. She was fun-loving and an excellent hostess. Her talents included singing, all kinds of sewing and needlework, gardening, painting, and cooking. Jean always looked for opportunities to serve. She was especially mindful of those less fortunate, and she was a lifelong supporter of ministries which provide for children. She led both of her daughters' Girl Scout troops for many years and started a troop in an underserved neighborhood near their home. She was active in the Shorter College Alumni Association. She earned appreciation awards from both of those organizations for her commitment, leadership, and service. In 1994, she and Jack moved from Stone Mountain to Hayesville, NC where they shared their new home as a bed and breakfast for several years. She enjoyed painting and tending their flower gardens. She was always active in a local church, most recently Hayesville UMC. Her family is blessed by her legacy of graciousness, strength, good manners, sweet tea, chocolate chip cookies, and trust in the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, ten months ago; she is survived by their two daughters, Patty Parrish Chaney (Bill),and Paula Parrish Bosarge (David), her sister, Lorna Jo Jarrell Wood, grandchildren Daniel (Hayley), Michael (Anna), and Catherine Chaney; and great-grandson, Logan Gray Chaney.
Visitation will be from 2-3pm on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Townson-Rose Chapel of Hayesville. A funeral service will be held at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel of Hayesville on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 3pm. Rev. Kirk Hatherly will officiate. Burial will follow at Hayesville United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Outreach Unlimited Ministries, P O Box 503, Kennesaw GA 30156 or to Hayesville First UMC, P O Box 85, Hayesville NC 28904.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
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