MISSION – Carrie Lou Sillavan Parish, 99, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.
Mrs. Parish was born on Jan. 11, 1919, to James and Pietta Sillavan. After high school, she attended Draughham Business College in Wichita Falls and went to work for Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co, as an assistant cashier and secretary. After meeting her husband, W.R. Parrish and marrying in 1941, they moved to Mission where she lived for 70 years.
She worked for Briggs-Darby in Pharr. When her husband served in World War II, she returned to Wichita Falls and worked for the War Price and Ration Board. After the war, she worked for Hidalgo County Irrigation District #16 in Mission for 40-plus years as a tax assessor collector and office manager until her retirement. She later lived in Houston, San Antonio and College Station.
She was a member of Conway Avenue Baptist Church in Mission.
Survivors include her children, William Parrish III of Houston, James Parrish of College Station and Vicki Cagnoni of San Antonio; and eight grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sisters.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission.