Obituary: Dorothy Evelyn Parrish

Ms. Parrish, born in Kissimmee, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

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On the morning of Aug. 16, 2018, Dorothy Evelyn (Bumby) Parrish slipped away quietly and, taking the hand of a loving God, went to live in paradise forever.

Dorothy was born in 1926 in Kissimmee, Florida, the eldest child of Jack and Sally Evelyn Bumby. Her siblings, Betty Jo Wraschek and William Haynes Bumby, preceded her in death, as did her husband of 68 years, Vernon Edgar Parrish.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Evelyn (Parrish) Boyte, and son-in-law, Robert Boyte Jr., of Orlando; her son, John Stephen Parrish, of Windermere, Florida; three grandchildren, Rob Boyte and Dana Boyte, of Orlando, Florida, and Jonathan Parrish, of Clermont, Florida; and one great-grandchild, Peyton Parrish.

A lifelong Methodist, Dorothy first was active in First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden and then later was a member of Trinity First United Methodist Church of Orlando.

Dorothy retired from the Orange County Public School system after teaching history and political science and chairing the Social Science department at Apopka Senior High for more than 20 years. Among her student in her advanced senior seminars was Glenn W. Hubbard, the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush and now president of the Columbia University School of Business.

Dorothy was an avid reader, a voracious bridge player and a community activist. Her charities were legion and her donations to causes many. In her last years, she was a resident of the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility.

(Some arrangements are being handled by Winter Oak Funeral Home, Winter Garden, Florida.)

Services to remember the life of this remarkable woman are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden, Florida, 125 N. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. Please come help us say goodbye to our mother, a friend and a child of her loving Savior assured of her journey home.


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