Doris Perkins Parnell

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Doris Perkins Parnell, 89 of Norwood, La passed away Friday, February15, 2013, with family gathered near. Doris was born July 10, 1923, at Rocky Hill Plantation, Troy, Louisiana. She was born to Woody and Lenora Mahoney Perkins of East Feliciana Parish. She was in the first graduating class of the new Clinton High School. Upon graduation she attended Spencer-Drauhn Business College in Baton Rouge and graduated with an Accounting Degree. She felt deeply compelled to serve our country with her brothers who were already deployed in World War II. She served in the Navy as a storekeeper in Washington. After graduation from Business College, Doris enlisted in the United States Navy to proudly serve her country in World War II. After being sent to Hunter College in New York, she was stationed in the war department in Washington D.C. it was there she was chosen by President Roosevelt and honored by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt at an estate dinner for her and 11 of her fellow service women, they were honored as the first group of women to be deployed overseas during war time. Due to the low morale of the troops after Pearl Harbor, Doris Perkins was chosen to be in the first group of waves to be sent to Hawaii to represent her country to rally the troops. It was in the Hawaiian Islands that Doris met her husband of 59 years. Steve C. Parnell Sr. of Sardis, MS. They made their home in Louisiana where she was a lifelong Business Woman having had The Parnell Dairy Farm for 27 years she then continued farming with her loving husband Steve with Parnell Beef Farm, until her illness. During her many years in the community she mentored and motivated many young people with her business savvy and strong resolve. She Served as Board of Director of the East Feliciana Welfare Board, member of East Feliciana Cattlemen's Association, and Louisiana Cattlemen's Association. Doris was an avid gardener, floral designer and a past member of the Baton Rouge Daylily Society. Doris was a member of The First Baptist Church in Clinton, LA. She was devoted to her husband and family. She was preceded in death by her husband Steve C. Parnell Sr, her parents Woodie and Lenora Perkins, two brothers Mahoney and Jimmie Perkins of Norwood, LA. She is survived by a son and daughter in law, Steve C. Parnell Jr. and Janet Sobers Parnell, Ethel; a daughter Pattie P. Guidry Coggin, Norwood; a son and daughter in law, Marvin "Woody" Parnell and Marilyn Myers Parnell, also of Norwood, The Grandchildren are Vena Marie Parnell Whitley and Stephen Whitley of Tallulah, LA, Christopher Aaron and Loretta Parnell, all of Ruth, MS, George and Katie Guidry Elliott of Slidell, LA; Douglas "Buster" and Sarah Guidry of Bush, LA; Daniel and Amanda Guidry of Franklinton, LA; Josh and Christy Parnell Kennedy, Marvin and Kathleen Parnell, Caitlin Paige Parnell, and Matthew Blake Parnell, all of Norwood, LA. Great Grand- children are Janna Lenora Dutsch, Jamie Mae and Hayley Marie Sjoblom, Christopher Aaron Parnell Jr., Averyanna Adell Kennedy, Gabriel David Kennedy, Londyn Anisley Kennedy, Elijah Luke Kennedy, Cooper Paul Parnell, Cameron Michel Guidry and Alayna Lynn Guidry as well as, numerous nieces and nephews across the country. Visitation for Mrs. Doris will be at Charlet Funeral Home in Clinton on Saturday February 16, from 5-8pm,. Visitation on Sunday February 17th will be from 1-3 with service starting at 3pm. The service will be conducted by Rev. Joe Ratcliff. Pallbearers will be Douglas (Buster) Guidry, Daniel Guidry, Chris Parnell, Marvin Parnell Jr., Matthew Parnell, George Elliot, Josh Kennedy, and Travis Sims. Honorary Pallbearers are Clayton (Mac) Perkins Jr. Tom Perkins, Billy Perkins, Robert Ford Parnell, Danny Parnell, and Billy Parnell. Close family friends, Larry Brown, Mike Daniel, and Wayne Dunn. The family's thoughts and prayers go out to the many special friends of Mrs. Doris at the Cattle Sale Barns and the Farmer's Co-op etc. Special thanks to the many caretakers throughout her recent illness and Hospice Compassus. Memorial Donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.charletfuneralhome.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2013
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