Florence Parrish

Florence Parrish, 95, of Warren, and formerly of Fountain City, died Dec. 5, 2008.

Mrs. Parrish was a homemaker and also served the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren as a dietician. While a resident of Wayne County, she taught released time Christian education classes at Fountain City Elementary School for 13 years. She was formerly active in Fountain City Chapter 552, Order of the Eastern Star.

She had lived in the Warren area since 1969 and moved into the United Methodist Memorial Home in Warren in 2002.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Warren after worshiping more than 50 years at the Hopewell United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Parrish had been active in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union since 1946, serving at the state level for over 40 years. She first served as state director of Visual Education and later served as vice president. She served as state president from 1959-68 and also served on the State Board of Trustees. She then served as national director of the Christian Outreach Department from 1970-76, and national director of Projection Methods from 1978-84. In 1984 she was appointed world superintendent of the Promotion Department of the WCTU and was a delegate to the World Convention in Manila, Philippines, in February 1986.

She was born Aug. 27, 1913, in Fountain City, to Elmer Edward and Clara Little Bockhofer. She married Cleo Parrish on Oct. 27, 1934. Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 2004.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Stevens, of Kokomo; a son, Rev. William Parrish, of Williamsburg; a foster son, Ed Goss, of Prescott, AZ; six grandchildren; four foster grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three foster great-grandchildren.

A funeral ceremony was held Dec. 11, 2008, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, Fountain City. Interment followed at Willow Grove Cemetery. A Woman's Christian Temperance Union tribute will be conducted in conjunction with her funeral ceremony.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Ministries of the Lamb, 2301 Pleasant Plain Rd., Richmond, IN 47374, or the WCTU.