Dora Lee Parish (1921 - 2018)

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Dora Lee Parish, 96, of Elizabethtown, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at her home. She was born in Hardin County on Sept. 11, 1921, the oldest child of John and Sue Kirtley Skeeters. At 17, she wed Ophal Ray Parish; they were married for 43 years until his death in 1982. Dora and Ray raised their large family in Boston, where she was a lifelong member and deaconess, emeritus, of Boston Christian Church. Over decades of service to the Church, several clergy as well as the congregation continually recognized Dora for her service to God and the character of her heart.
While raising her family, Dora was involved in her children's many school activities. She used her cooking skills both professionally and personally, which included her position as food services manager at Boston Elementary School for 12 years, raising a large vegetable garden and canning its produce, and making delicious southern meals for her family. This showed most during holidays when her home in Boston was the gathering place to enjoy her cooking, baking, and hospitality.
After her husband's death, Dora became active in the Hardin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and faithfully volunteered in the hospital gift shop for 24 years, 1982-2006, while she lived in Boston, and later Elizabethtown. She earned a service pin for 29,000 hours, which was a remarkable example of community service. In March 2005, her military son-in-law arranged for the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, U.S. Army, to recognize her longstanding and meritorious volunteer service with a special certificate and coin, which was presented to Dora in the Pentagon. She remained a loyal member of the Auxiliary until her death.
In addition to Dora's volunteerism, she enjoyed reading Christian love stories; knitting and crocheting beautiful bedspreads, afghan blankets, and doilies; visiting the local Farmer's Market with her daughter Rebecca on Saturday mornings; and spending time with her family. Above all, Dora's favorite role in life was that of being a loving wife and mother, and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Darrell Ray and Stanley Wayne Parish; an infant daughter; son-in-law, Tommy Greer; and brother, Jimmy Skeeters.
Survivors include a son, George (Linda) Parish, of Taylorsville; five daughters, Barbara Greer, Jo Ann (Bob) Love, and Rebecca (Art) Glikin, of Elizabethtown, Darlene (William) Beam and Linda Parish of Bardstown; seven grandchildren, Lance Call and Lindsey Call of Bardstown, Ray Greer, of Elizabethtown, Ruth Greenwell and Liz Mattingly, of Cox's Creek, Quinn Parish, of Waddy, and Laura Hillman, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Franklin Reed, of Harrodsburg.
Visitation will be noon-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Kappel Funeral Home in Boston and 9-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Boston Christian Church.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. at the church with burial in the church cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Boston Christian Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 13, Boston, KY, 40107.
Kappel Funeral Home Boston Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in The Kentucky Standard on Jan. 10, 2018