On Feb. 22, 1946, she married her wonderful husband, Woodrow "Woody" Wilson Parish, who preceded her in death on July 9, 2002. Also preceding her in death along with her parents, were her brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Sue Scott, of Carlisle, and Billy Bob and Louise Scott, of Columbia, Mo., and a sister and brother-in-law, Syble and Ted Wilson, of Hayti.
Left to mourn her passing are her son, Scotty Michael Parish and wife, Jonna, of North Little Rock, Ark.; her son Wilson Parish and wife, Patty, of Branson, Mo., and her daughter, Robbie Parish McCulloch and husband, Johnny, of Hayti. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, Jonathan Parish and wife, Paige, of Conway, Ark., Jason Parish, of North Little Rock, granddaughter, Lori Parish, of Kansas City, Mo., granddaughter, Tammy Bennett and husband, Brian, of New Madrid, Mo., and granddaughter, Terri Stone and husband, B.J., of Portageville, Mo.; eight great-grandchildren, Katy, Zach and Chloe Parish, all of Conway, Lexi Parish, of Kansas City, Elizabeth and Jacob Bennett, both of New Madrid, and Laney and Brady Stone, both of Portageville; two nephews, Bob Scott, of Columbia, S.C., and Paul Scott, of Aiken, S.C., and two nieces, Beverly Hackworth, of Jonesboro, Ark., and Gloria Adams, of Dallas, Texas. She was also loved by a host of many other special friends.
To Jon and Jason she was "Gram," to Lori she was "Memmie," to Tammy and Terri she was "Mammie," to her nieces and nephews she was "Auntie," but to Woody, she was "Frill."
Woody and Ruby moved to Hayti the same year they were married. She took pride in being a devoted wife and mother. After retirement, Woody and Ruby spent many years baby-sitting. Each child they kept was as special to them as their own grandchildren. She loved Dustin and Ashley Boatwright, Jordan and Peyton Turnage, and Caroline Suddarth, as if they were her own natural grandchildren.
Ruby and Woody joined the Hayti United Methodist Church in 1946. For 65 years she was an active and devoted member. During this time, she served the church in many capacities, Sunday school and vacation school teacher, board member, communion steward, but most notably, Ruby did for the church what she did best, plan fellowship dinners, make and serve refreshments, and organize and delegate kitchen duties.
Above all, Ruby loved her Lord and served her church. She was Woody's cherished wife, a wonderful mom to her children, and an awesome and loving grandmother and great-grandmother.
Visitation for Ruby parish was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, at the John W. German Funeral Home Chapel in Hayti. Funeral services followed at 1 p.m., with Rev. Leo House officiating.
Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Hayti.
Pallbearers who honored Ruby were Bob Scott, David and Mike King, Tommy Taylor, David Wilkerson and Mike Thomas.
John W. German Funeral Home of Hayti was in charge of services.