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Obituary for Mary Walz Parrish (Walz)

Mary Walz Parrish, 74, of Bowling Green, KY passed peacefully on January 17, 2022 with her family by her side. Born on February 10, 1947 in York, PA she was the daughter of the late Jon and Wilma (Murray) Walz.

Mary attended Bowling Green High school class of 1965. She went on to earn her teaching degree from Western Kentucky University and returned to Bowling Green High School to teach English and Chemistry. She spent years raising her family, working for several churches in Florida and for Vangaurd High School in Lake Wales, Florida. Once her kids were in college she returned to the University of South Florida and earned her Masters degree in English Education. She worked with a charter school in Miami creating an intensive reading intervention program. She continued her education at Virginia Tech, teaching undergraduate programs and working toward her PhD in educational programming.

Mary was an avid reader and enjoyed old movies. She was very artistic, having operated an artisan ceramics business briefly in the 70s and displayed her cubist painting of Peter, Paul and Mary in several art shows. She continued drawing and sketching through out her life. She enjoyed all animals but had a particular love for birds and frogs.

Mary is survived by her daughter Deborah Agrafojo and her husband Frank of Suffield; son Kevin Parrish and his wife Colleen of Lakeland, FL; five beloved grandchildren Elisabeth, Mitchell, Alexander, Madeline, and Makensie; and brother Jon Walz and his wife Janet of Danville, Kentucky.

The Memorial Service will be private on Sunday, January 30, at 9:00AM at The First Church of Christ Congregational, Suffield. The memorial will be streamed on the church's YouTube channel.

There will be public calling hours at SpareTime in Windsor Locks 129 Ella Grassa Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 from 2-4 pm. To celebrate Mary's life we will be wearing her favorite color - blue - please join us.

For online condolences please visit: In Lieu of flowers, the family is asking for a donation to be made in her name at the Alzheimer's Association. If you'd like to use the following link to contribute: