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Obituary – Carrie Lou Sillavan Parish
September 1, 2018
Carrie Lou Sillavan Parish passed away August 13, 2018 at the age of 99. Carrie was born January 11, 1919 to James and Pietta Sillavan.
After high school, she attended Draughham Business College in Wichita Falls, Tx., and then went to work for Jefferson Standard Lifwe Insurance Co, where she was assistant cashier and secretary. She and her husband W.R. (Dub) Parrish met in Wichita Falls and were married in 1941. Carrie came to Mission as a bride and lived there for the next 70 years.
Carrie worked for Briggs-Darby, a Pharr contractor, when they were building Moore Field. When her husband was called up for service overseas in World War II, she returned to Wichita Falls where she worked for the War Price and Ration Board. Several years after the war and three children later, she went to work for Hidalgo County Irrigation District #16, Mission, when the water district was in construction. She worked there for forty plus years as a tax assessor collector and office manager until she retired. In her later years she lived in an independent retirement home in Houston and then moved to San Antonio where she resided with her daughter and son-in-law. She moved to College Station in April 2018 and resided with her son, James and daughter-in-law until her death.
Carrie loved people and had many close friends. She was a member of Conway Avenue Baptist Church in Mission, Texas for many years. She is survived by 3 children, William R. Parrish III (Pat) of Houston, James A. Parrish (Angie) of College Station, Vicki Parrish Cagnoni (Phil) of San Antonio, 8 grandchildren, Andrea Buethe of Germany, Julie Parrish Venegas of McKinney, Ransom Parrish, Cara Parrish Ricks and Tai Parrish Lemaire all of Houston, Daniel, Michael and Andrew Cagnoni all of San Antonio, and twelve great grandchildren. She is also survived by 5 step grandchildren including Wilson Echin who attended her needs for the last few months during her illness, singing to her, praying with her and being a good friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sisters. Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission, Tx.