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PARRISH MATTIE HOOE CANNON PARRISH Mattie Hooe Cannon Parrish, 93, of Manassas, Virginia passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family. The youngest of seven children, Mattie was born on January 21, 1921 in Manassas, Virginia to the late Francis L. and Mary Hooe Cannon. Mattie was a 1940 graduate of Manassas High School (which became Osbourn High School), where she enjoyed playing guard on the girls' basketball team. Following high school, she took a course in Secretarial School, and during World War II she went to work for the Post Office Department in Washington, DC, as secretary for the First Assistant to the Postmaster General. In 1944, she married her high school sweetheart, Harry J. Parrish. They were married for 62 years. In addition to supporting Harry in his military and political careers, Mattie complemented his service to the community with her own volunteer work. She was a founding member of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary in 1948, where she served on the Ways and Means Committee and as secretary until recently. She was a founding member of the Prince William Hospital Auxiliary, where she was Chairman of the Snack Bar Committee for several years. Mattie was a member of the Junior Women's Club of Manassas, the Manassas Women's Club, the Bull Run Republican Women's Club, and the D.A.R. Over the years, she also held numerous PTA offices and leadership positions in both the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Mattie dedicated her life to the Manassas Community, and for her hard work and devotion the Town of Manassas honored her in 1973 by naming her the Woman of the Year during their Centennial Celebration. In 1995, Mattie and Harry were both honored as the Grand Marshalls of the 50th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. Once her children were grown, Mattie went to work full time at the family business, Manassas Ice and Fuel Company (MIFCO), where she worked until her death. She was a true "Virginia Lady" and will be greatly missed. Mattie Cannon Parrish was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, former Virginia Delegate (R-50th) and Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish; her siblings; and her son-in-law, Richard Ratcliffe. Mattie is survived by her daughter, Judith P. Ratcliffe; her son, current Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish II ("Hal") and his wife, Cheryl; five grandchildren, Jenny R. Billingslea and husband, Bob, Harry J. Parrish III ("Trey"), Susanna J. Ratcliffe, Samantha L. Meyer and Sydney C. Meyer; two great-grandsons, Tyler J. Billingslea and Ethan C. Billingslea; two sisters-in-law, Mildred P. Erisman and Mary Jane Parrish; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Road, Manassas, Virginia. where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 with Reverend Rudolph E. Tucker, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Manassas City Cemetery. Since Mattie had a great love for children and animals, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions in her name to a children's
. Arrangements by Ames Funeral Home, Manassas, Virginia.
Ames Funeral Home
8914 Quarry Road Manassas, VA 20110
Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 23, 2014