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Wilma Jean Parish, 80

Wilma Jean (Plotner) Parish, 80, of Royal Center, passed away at 7:28 a.m., Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at her residence. Born November 15, 1931, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of the late William and Bessie (Hayden) Richey. On February 20, 1949, she married George Plotner and he preceded her in death January 5, 1977. She later married Glen Parish on December 5, 1981, and he preceded in death on April 26, 2004.

She was a 1949 Buffalo High School graduate. Jean owned and operated Jean's Beauty Shop in Royal Center for over 30 years, retiring in 2002. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of Baptist Christian Church in Royal Center. Jean was a music lover. She also enjoyed quilting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, Ronald Plotner (Deb Dailey), of Lafayette; daughters, Judy Willis, of Royal Center, Georgena Bayless (Terry), of Franklin, Deb Rhodes (Steve), of Logansport, and Pam Schmaltz (Jeff), of Royal Center; step son, Jeff Parish (Karen), of Logansport; step daughters, Barb Williams (Merle), of Lafayette, and Janet Billmire (Dick), of Indianapolis; sisters, LaVaughn Richardson, of Myrtle Beach, and Sue Long (Wayne), of Carmel. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Mable Richey, of Buffalo; six grandchildren, Tony Willis (Robin), Curt Willis, Brandon Schmaltz, Brittany Schmaltz, David Rhodes and Kati Ghent; four great-grandchildren, Grace, Brady, Lucas and Miles

Ghent; nine step grandchildren; and grandson-in-law, Chris Gerhart.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Vern, Charles and Harold Richey; sister, Gladys Williams; and grandchildren, Natalie Rhodes-Gerhart and Blake Schmaltz.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 12, 2012, at Harrison-Metzger and Rans Royal Center Chapel with Pastors Steve Long and Richard Utterback officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Royal Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Natalie Gerhart Scholarship Fund or the Blake Schmaltz Scholarship Fund. Online condolences and personal remembrances may be made to the Parish family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2012
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