517 E Washington St, Arma, KS 66712

VERA IRENE PARRISH April 11, 1933 - February 10, 2023

Date of Funeral

February 15, 2023

Vera Irene Parrish, 89, of Girard, Kansas died at 4 A.M. Friday, February 10, 2023 at Westridge Assisted Living at Girard, Kansas.

Mrs. Parrish was born April 11, 1933 in Edison, Kansas the daughter of Fred and Sadie Doss Simpson. She was a homemaker and retired cook for USD#246 in Arma where she worked for 22 years. She was raised in Crawford County and attended Arcadia High School. She lived in the Cato-Arcadia area most of her life. She moved to Pittsburg in 1995 and later to Girard where she lived the past 6 years. She married John W. Parrish on July 29, 1950 at Girard, Kansas. Mr. Parrish preceded her in death July 18, 2020. She was a member of the Arcadia Christian Church and later attended the First Christian Church in Pittsburg. Vera was a faithful woman. One who walked the narrow path of the Christian way. Though we mourn, we have hope that she has seen her Savior Jesus. Her family meant the world to her and brought a smile to her face every time she saw them. Survivors include two sons, Walter (Donnetta) Parrish of Sugarland, Texas and Wayne (Christie) Parrish of rural Arcadia, a daughter, Janet (Mark) VanLeeuwen of Pittsburg, six grandchildren, Daniel Parrish, Angela King, Jenny Dugan, Tara Rogers, Brian Goins, Michael Goins, and fourteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John, and seven sisters, Elsie Day, Ethel Russell, Mildred Michie, Neoma Pack, Freda Bertha Simpson, and twins, Hazel and Helen.

Funeral services will be at 10 A.M. Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at the Bedene Funeral Home at Arma, Kansas with Jeff King and Pastor Randy Beeman officiating. Burial will be at the Girard Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Bedene Chapel where friends may call after 11 A.M. The family suggests memorials to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Westridge Activity Fund. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma, Kansas 66712.


Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Bedene Funeral Home
Arma, Kansas

Funeral Service

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 10:00 A.M.
Bedene Funeral Home
Arma, Kansas


Girard Cemetery
Girard, Kansas


Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice
Westridge Activity Fund


  1. REPLY
    David Scharenberg/linda says

    So sorry for the loss of your Mother. We know she was a wonderful person. Your family is in our prayers. I know you have many wonderful memories. We know her faith has taken her to her eternal home.

  2. REPLY
    Sharon Bertolio (Wilson) says

    I am so sorry for your loss. I lived across from Vera and John for many years and they were always so kind to me and my boys. She will be missed.

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