Mother Hattie M. Parrish


Hattie Mae Parrish was born in Williamson, West Virginia on November 25, 1936 to Joe & and Annie Mae Parrish. As a child she attended the School for the Deaf & Blind, where she excelled in music and crafts. She often explained that she did not know that she was blind until she was 10 years old, because her parents did not cottle her, or treat her in any special way.

Along with her parents and baby girl Deborah Lynn, she moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1957. In 1961, with 2 children and expecting another, she was in search of a church home, when a neighbor by the name of Willa Mae Tate invited her to visit Christ Memorial Baptist Church, where she joined and remained for 60 years. As a member of Christ Memorial Hattie served as a faithful member in many groups, including the Sanctuary Choir, The Golden Circle, Ruth Circle and the Mother Board. She was sometimes asked to play the piano during devotion if the musician was running late.

For 40 years Mother Parrish was a dedicated employee of the Vision Center Industries of Central Ohio, a warehouse that mainly employed individuals with physical or mental disabilities. As an assembler, Mother Parrish would piece together automobile parts for such companies as Volkswagen, Ford and Mercedes Benz. After becoming a warehouse manager, Mother Parrish would become the receptionist and office manager until her retirement in 2005.

On June 11, 2021, The Lord made the call for Mother Parrish to join Him in her eternal home. She is preceded in death by parents, Joe and Annie Parrish, Daughters: Saundra Parrish, Cynthia Patterson, and Deborah Cole, granddaughters, Martina Brown and great grandchild Curtionna Harrison. She leaves to cherish her memory, son: Garry “Murdoc” Parrish, grandsons Joseph Parrish, Damone (Teddra) Parrish, granddaughter Diamond (Reginald) Zimmerman, ShaLaunda Parrish, Kourtney Cole, special friends Maxine Raymore, Harry & Marlene Reed, Sharon Allen and a host of family, friends and loved ones.

Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Christ Memorial Baptist Church , 3330 E. Livingston Ave. Mask and Social Distancing are required. Entombment at Union Cemetery. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Sheena A White-Parish

    My deepest sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in your memories. My memories of Hattie are always there and happy I was able to visit with her a few years back.

  2. Roberta Hubbard

    Dear Parrish Family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Hattie
    May God’s Peace, Love and Grace comfort you at this difficult time, Sincerely Roberta and Angela Hubbard❣️

  3. Angelahubbard

    I am sor sorry to hear of the passing of cousin
    Hattie Mae Parrisb.
    Sending my condolences.
    Angela Hubbard and
    Roberta Hubbard

  4. My husband (Jim)was Assistant Manager at Vision Center when it was on Cleveland Ave. I (Pam)was secretary. Jim and I got married while we worked there. Hattie gave us the names Jimmy and Pammy. It stuck with us until he died in 2001. I actually have those nicknames on our headstone under our real names. I will never forget Hattie being a part of our lives. She was a hard worker, loving, caring and a lot of fun to be around. She was a very special lady. She will be missed. My condolences go out to her family.

  5. Pamala Russell

    Dear Parrish Family So sorry for your loss may God continue to comfort you and give you strength ! Sincerely Pamala ,Aundrea

  6. Trina Hillman Simcox

    To the Parrish Family, I am deeply saddened to here of the passing of Ms Parrish. As well, the passing of her daughters Deborah and Cynthia were shocking also. I played with the Parrish girls when they lived on East 18th Avenue. What was always amazing to me was to watch Miss Parrish keep her house so spotless. Moreover, when I saw her with bucket and cloth wiping down her children’s toys I was amazed. Blessings to all of you!

  7. E.L. Williams

    I did not know Ms. Hattie Mae, but I enjoyed reading about her live. I know she will be sorely missed as she was loved by so many. I extend my sincere condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in the arms of God in eternal Heavenly Peace.

  8. Sherry J Dotson

    Hattie Parrish was a special woman in my life I never got to meet most of my relatives on the Parrish side… she was one of a couple family members was blessed to spwak with by phone for a few years…. I look forward to talking to her she was my father’s cousin…..I had promise I was going to come visit her and it never happened I am deeply saddened by this……but I know that she’s in a better place….such a sweet lady❤❤❤❤❤❤

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