January 15, 1948 - January 28, 2014 Susan Hegener Parrish "Susie" January 15, 1948-January 28, 2014. Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and trusted friend passed away in her sleep on the morning of January 28, 2014. Susie was born in Inglewood California to Joseph L. Hegener and Marjorie Mabie Hegener on January 15, 1948. She moved to Pacific Palisades California in 1950 and lived there until the age of 20. On June 1, 1968 she married Ensign John Michael Parrish (U.S. Navy), and embarked with him on a 30 year Naval career which took them and their family throughout the world. In 1993 after John's retirement they settled at Smith Mountain Lake Virginia. Susie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 at the age of 38. She has spent the last 27 years as a breast cancer survivor, tirelessly raising awareness of this disease that affects not only the women who are diagnosed with it, but the entire family who live through its long lasting effects. In 2003 Susie was awarded the LPGA Komen Award for her work to establish the Rally for a Cure Golf Tournament at the Waterfront Country Club at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. Susie successfully organized the Rally for a Cure at the Waterfront Country Club for 10 years making it at the time the largest Rally in the nation. She is the only individual to win this award who is not a professional golfer or a corporate entity. Susie was an avid golfer until 2011 when her health no longer allowed her to play the game. Until her death, she was an active member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, Virginia. Susie is survived by her husband, John, their three children, Matthew and his wife Kristin, Heather and her husband Frank, and Hilary and her husband Bernie, eight grandchildren and her older sister, Mary Jo Bernard and her husband John. Susie is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Marjorie Hegener and her brother, Pete Hegener. The family thanks Dr. Daniel Temeles, his nurse Debbie McCovkindale and his Bedford Office Staff for the loving care they gave Susie over the past 10 years.The family also requests that in lieu of flowers, that a donation be made to the Susan G, Komen Foundation in Susie Parrish's name. A Wake Service with a Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m on Monday, February 3rd and a Mass of Resurrection will be said at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4th. Both Services will take place at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta, VA 24121 with Fr. Mike Champlin, O.P. presiding. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 4, 2014