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Patricia Summers-Parish

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PATRICIA SUMMERS-PARISH Patricia passed on to her God and Maker on September 11, 2011 at her home in Pine Cove, California after treatment for 13 months at U.S.C.'s Norris Cancer Center in Los Angeles. She served in missions in Ethiopia as part of the U.S. Peace Corps 1962-64 and in 2006. For 8 weeks in 2005, she volunteered with F.E.M.A. as part of the U.S. Crisis Corps in Arkansas during the Katrina disaster. She has served Idyllwild in many ways, one of which was she was the chairperson of the Fourth of July Parade for 10 years and the 2012 Grand Marshall of the parade. She traveled on medical missions in 4 countries and 5 states of the U.S.A. President Bush awarded her the U.S. Service Award in 2006 for Community Service. She had given over 20,000 hours of service at that time. Pat was always for the poor and victims of poverty as she was a victim early in life. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Pat was married for 48 years to Bob Parish of North Carolina. She was an English educator for 36 years. Following her retirement in 1995 she was a cast member at Disneyland. Pat's book "13 Months of Sunshine" tells of her service in the U.S. Peace Corps. One of nine siblings, she is survived by a brother Ronald in Michigan and a sister Marilyn in Boston. Interment will be on Friday, September 28 at 3PM at Rose Hills in Whittier, at the Santa Clara 2 Crypt (entrance #14 off the 605 freeway). Patricia's memorial service is on September 29 at 2pm at the Idyllwild Community Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, Pat wishes that donations be sent to the Heifer International Charity at P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72203-8058 in "Honor of the late Patricia Parish".
Published in Press-Enterprise from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, 2012
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