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PARRISH, Mary (Myers)

    Cambria Freeman, 26 Mar 1909, Contributed by Patty Millich

Mrs. Parrish Dead

After an illness of some time, Mrs. Mary Parrish of Julian Street, died at 3 o'clock last Friday afternoon at the age of 85 years. Her husband is about the same age. Mr. and Mrs. Parrish were the oldest couple in the county seat.

The deceased, whose maiden name was Mary Myers, was born on a farm in Munster Township, being the daughter of the late John and Ann Myers. She was the last survivor of that family.

About 58 years ago the deceased was married to J. D. Parrish of Ebensburg. Squire Parish had erected a home prior to his wedding at the corner of Julian and Crawford Streets and there he took his bride. Ever since that time, for almost two-thirds of a century, the Parrish family had lived in the same residence. The death of Mrs. Parrish last Friday was the first that ever occurred in the house.

Mrs. Parrish is survived by the following children: E. C. Parrish, the Ebensburg grocer; C. M. Parrish of Bellefonte, a druggist and John S. Parrish of Pittsburg, a real estate man and Miss Floy Parrish, at home. J. S. Parrish, with his wife, arrived in Ebensburg fifteen minutes after his mother died.

J. D. Parrish, husband of the deceased, is the only survivor in this vicinity of the old Cambria Guards, a company which went from Cambria County for service in Mexico in the late 40's. Squire Parrish, as he is familiarly known, was the first man over the wall at Chapultepec.

The funeral was held at 10:30 o'clock [word missing] morning at the church of the Holy Name. The pastor, Rev. Father H. M. O'Neil, celebrated a requiem high mass and interment was in the old Catholic cemetery opposite the church edifice.

The following were the pallbearers: A. W. Buck, P. J. Little, F. J. Hartmann, Philip N. Shettig, F. C. Sharbaugh, D. A. McGough, Dr. Clark Creery, G. H. Barker, F. C. Lloyd, J. F. McKenrick, A. E. Bender and T. B. O'Hara.

Quite a number of relatives and friends from out of town attended the funeral services.

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