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Patricia "Pat" Jane (McCarty) Parish

October 15, 1940 ~ August 29, 2019 (age 78)


Patricia "Pat" Jane Parish, 78, of West Burlington, passed away at 12:29 AM Thursday, August 29, 2019, at her home in West Burlington.

Born October 15, 1940, in Mount Sterling, she was the daughter of Francis and Mildred Cochran McCarty. On May 30, 1958, she married Ralph Parish at the United Methodist Church in Wapello. 

Pat was a wife, mother and homemaker for her lifetime, but worked at Sylvania, Winegard's Plant 1 Assistant Supervisor in Burlington, Nuclear Laundry Supervisor and Real Estate Office Manager in Osceola.

She was a Wapello Community High School graduate. 

Pat loved collecting antiques and attending flea markets with her husband. She was an avid reader and gardener and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially at the beach on Padre Island in Texas. Pat won numerous trophies while representing West Burlington Fire Department in women's water-fighting. She also won the Powder Puff Race in May of 1970 at 34 Raceway while driving Ralph's number 19 car.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Parish of West Burlington; two daughters, Shari (Bill) Martin of Burlington and Nanci (Tony) Bessine of West Burlington, one son, Jay (Sherry) Parish of New Virginia, IA; 10 grandchildren: Jami Elliott, Lyndi (Dr. Sohit) Khanna, Kori (Derek) Stotlar, Blake (Mara Leffler) Bessine, Brett Bessine, Kylee (Jarren) Dirth, Tyler Parish, Bryce (Maysa Hiracheta) Parish, Eliza Parish and Cody Parish; 11 2/3 great-grandchildren: Dayton, Anjali, Kamden, Mira, Maya, Kohen, Ross, Delayni, Sutton, Elliott Ketan, Harper and baby girl Dirth; one sister, Marge (Bill) Tolander, and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Pat is preceded in death by infant twins Steven Ralph and Stephani Jane Parish, infant granddaughter, Kelsei Marie Bessine, two sisters, Margaret Fett and Verna Marmion, and two brothers, Michael and Robert McCarty.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, August 30, 2019 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The Graveside Committal Service for Pat will be 9:00 AM Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Wapello Cemetery with Pastor Dean Graber officiating. 

Memorials have been established for Great River Hospice and Burlington Public Library.

To send flowers to Patricia "Pat" Jane (McCarty) Parish's family, please visit our floral section.


August 30, 2019

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home
3940 Division
Burlington, IA 52601

Family Receive Friends
August 30, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home
3940 Division
Burlington, IA 52601

Graveside Service
August 31, 2019

9:00 AM
Wapello Cemetery
100th st
Wapello, IA 52653

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