Jean Elizabeth Parish

March 1, 2013 

Jean Elizabeth Parish, died February 9, 2013 at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill.

Jean Parish was born in Oneonta, NY, May 24, 1917 to W. Earl Parish and Maude Beck Parish.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert, and is survived by her niece Elizabeth Parish Rattrie and her husband Neil of Jacksonville, FL and their three sons. In addition she is survived by her second cousins, Mildred Parish of Oneonta, NY, and George Shear and his wife Diana of Troy, NY.

Jean attended Oneonta High School and graduated from Ohio State University, with a major in fine arts. She attended Parsons School of Design and subsequently worked in New York City for 22 years as a designer at the firm of Dorothy Draper & Co. and others. Her designs included fabrics, wall paper, murals, furniture and architectural details. During this period she continued her interest in painting, studying at the Art Students League in New York City. She received an MFA from Drake University in 1965 and taught Art there for 2 years and then for 12 years at State University of New York College at Oneonta. She was a prolific painter during her academic career and exhibited her work widely, including a number of one-person shows. Her works are in permanent collections in the Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY, Hickory Museum, Hickory, NC, University of Maine Art Collection, State University at Oneonta, Carol Woods and many private and commercial collections.

After retiring from State University at Oneonta, Jean moved to Winston-Salem in 1981 where she was a member of Art Work Gallery and Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. She volunteered at Reynolda House and at SECCA. She continued as an actively practicing artist and exhibited widely, both paintings and 3-dimensional constructions.

Jean moved to Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, in 1997. She founded the Carol Woods Art Committee in 2000, which fosters an interest in the Arts by sponsoring in-house exhibits by local area artists as well as Residents and Staff of Carol Woods. While living at Carol Woods she created and donated a large abstract sculpture to the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill. She served three years on the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission and was a member of the Ackland Museum Guild. She remained a creative force and source of ideas for art at Carol Woods until her death at age 95.

A memorial service will be held at Carol Woods Retirement Community on March 9, at 2 PM.

Interment of ashes will be at the family burial plot in Oneonta at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ackland Art Museum, Campus Box 3400, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599 or the Carol Woods Charitable Fund, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, or the charity of one’s choice.

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