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Mary Elizabeth Lee Parrish, age 99 of Nashville and formerly from Springfield, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Elmcroft of Hendersonville. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Nashville.
She was born Mary Elizabeth Shepherd on November 6, 1919, to the late Nick and Minnie Nixon Shepherd, in Springfield, Tennessee. She married the love of her life on March 28, 1937, Mr. Frank L. Lee and made their home in Goodlettsville. They would welcome a beautiful little girl, Yvonne, in the fall of 1943. Despite having made plans to grow old together, Frank passed away on September 6, 1945. Mrs. Lee would move to Springfield and raise her daughter around her loving family.
She continued to work for Wilson Sporting Goods as a clerk for 20 years. Her strong dedication to her family and feisty nature kept her going through the years. Mrs. Parrish loved cooking for her family and caring for them if they were ill. Her caring nature made everyone welcome in her home. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing at Reel Foot Lake and Lake Malone, sewing for her daughter and raising a beautiful flower garden in the spring. In 1972, she married Z.T. Parrish and was married to him until his passing in 2001.
Mrs. Parrish will forever be remembered as a loving mother and Mema.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Parrish is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank L. Lee and siblings, Herschel Shepherd Jr, Lillian Burchett, Erline Ellis and Carolyn Caroland.
She is survived by her daughter, Yvonne (James R.) Sowell; grandchildren, Dr. Timothy Sowell and Melissa (Chris) Sowell Puri; great- grandchildren, Ariana Sowell, Aiden Sowell, and Colin Puri; brother, Roy James (Helen) Shepherd; devoted brother-in-law, Thomas Caroland and step-son, Ernest Parrish.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks, appreciation and gratitude to Elmcroft of Hendersonville and Avalon Hospice for their care and compassion for Mrs. Parrish.
A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 22nd at 2pm in the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home with Chaplain Eddie Colf with Avalon Hospice officiating. Burial will follow at Springfield Memorial Gardens with Timothy Sowell, Chris Puri, Ross Caroland, Rex Caroland, Brian Caroland, and Scotty Parks serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11am until the time of service at 2pm.
These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172. 615-384-5437 www.springfieldfh.com
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