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Martha Gertrude Parrish

Posted 2008-01-13 by Sharon
Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, Az
August 25, 1939


Passes Away in Wilshire Hospital, Hollywood, Following Brief Illness; Funeral Held Here Monday

Funeral services were conducted at 6 o’clock Monday evening for, Martha Gertrude PARRISH, 23, who passed away early Friday morning in the Wilshire Hospital, Hollywood, California, following a brief illness.

When word reached here Thursday that Miss PARRISH was critically ill, her mother and sister rushed to her bedside, but the girl never regained consciousness. Death was attributed to cerebral apoplexy, caused, the doctor's stated, by high blood pressure.

Born at Thebes, Illinois, December 17, 1915, Miss Parrish came to Wickenburg at the age of three years and lived here until entering Gregg's Business school in Phoenix, two years ago. After graduating she worked in Phoenix a year, then obtained a position in the legal department of the RKO studios in Hollywood, eight months ago.

She made her home with her aunt, Mrs. Merle BRUCE at Hollywood.

A multitude of grief-stricken friends of the girl assembled at the Wickenburg Chapel to attend the last rites, which were conducted by the Rev. J. C. MENEFEE, Mrs. Carl SHRIDE and Mrs. W. C. PAIGE, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. William HELME, sang "The Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." The services were largely attended, attesting the esteem in which the young girl was held, and there were many magnilicent floral offerings.

Pallbearers were six of Miss Parrish’s classmates: Johnny FUGATT, Raleigh BARNETTE, Tinao CAMBRES, Charles SHONTZ, Sr., Anthony O'BRIEN and Tom KERKES.

In addition to her mother, Mrs. Bob C. STORNS and her father, H.0. PARRISH, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Willard HOPKINS, all of Wickenburg. A half-sister, Loid Louise PEACE, resides at Decatur, Ill., two aunts, Mrs. Merle BRUCE and Miss Frances HOWELL, of Los Angeles, who were with her when she was stricken, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. B. GAMEWELL, of Teague, Texas, also survive.

Interment was made in the Wickenburg cemetery with H. L. COFFINGER in charge.

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