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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 8 months ago

Obituary: Ruth M. Parnham

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Ms. Parnham, 97, of Winter Garden, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

Ruth M. Parnham, age 97, of Winter Garden, passed away at Orlando Regional Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

She was born on Feb. 11, 1921, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the daughter of George R. Griffiths and Carolyn Griffiths. She graduated from McKeesport High School, Class of 1939.

Her first career was as a Big-Band singer in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. She married Major League pitcher Louis Norman “Bobo” Newsom in 1942 and travelled with him to all of the Major League venues. In 1953, she and “Bobo” retired to the Orlando area, and she has been a resident of this area ever since. She also worked at Diana Shops and Petrie Stores.

She married James Parnham in 1991.

Ruth is survived by her brother, George Roger Griffiths; brother-in-law, Bob Cutting; four nephews; one niece; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jean Cutting; and two husbands.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 27, 2018, at Hyde Park Community. Please come and share stories and memories of Ruth with her family and friends.

Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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