Elaine Parrish

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Elaine Parrish, nee Kamper, 75, of Freeburg, IL, born March 31, 1943, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, KS.

Mrs. Parrish worked as a registered nurse at Belleville Memorial Hospital for 15 years. Following, along with her husband Herschel, owned and operated Parrish Trucking in Freeburg, IL.  Elaine worked as the office manager since 1970 and was still active until recently.

An active member of the Freeburg Community, Elaine was a Member of the Freeburg Civil Defense for more than ten years, a member and past president of the Freeburg Junior Women’s Club, a Freeburg Community High School District 77 School Board member for 16 years (eight years as secretary), and ten years as member-at-large on the BASSC Governing Board.

Elaine served as a den mother for Cub Scouts and was a Girl Scout and Brownie leader when her children were small.  She was a member of the Freeburg swim team parent’s organization, the FCHS Quarterback Club, and the FCHS Band Parents group.  She was a life-long member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Freeburg, IL.  Over the years, she served as a Sunday School teacher, was a member of the adult choir and an accompanist, was a lector, and served on the church council and missions committee at the church.  More recently, she served on the Kindercottage committee which was near and dear to her.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Verlan and Myra F., nee Fritz, Kamper.

Surviving are her husband, Herschel Parrish of Freeburg;

four children, Deborah (Bruce) Douglas of Millstadt, IL, Douglas (Jodie) Parrish of Belleville, IL, David (Tammy) Parrish of O’Fallon, IL, and Donna (James) Kisgen of Belleville, IL;
15 grandchildren, Katherine Douglas, Mallory Douglas, Jack Douglas, Charlie Parrish, Ainslie Parrish, Aidan Parrish, Victoria Main, Olivia Main, Vanessa Main, Rachel Parrish, Sam Parrish, Julia Parrish, Dean Parrish, Kylie Kisgen, and Cooper Kisgen;
a sister, Donna (H. Russell III) Schmidt of St. Paul, MO;
and her mother-in-law, Leona Parrish of Freeburg, IL.

Memorials may be made to Uni-pres Kindercottage, 564 Veronica Avenue, East St. Louis, IL, 62205. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2018, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


36 Comments on Elaine Parrish

Charles & Lois Vogel said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2018 at 1:07 AM

Just saw the report in The Tribune that Elaine graduated from this world. As I recall, Elaine and Herschel graduated FCHS together in 1961. Although we've been gone from the area for fifty years, every tidbit of news of Elaine over those years brought tidings that she served her family, her church, her business and her Community with distinction. May the Lord bless all her family with fond recollections of a life well lived. Please accept our heart-felt condolences.

  • Callaway
  • VA
Louise Von Der Heide said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2018 at 6:44 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Elaine's passing. She was a very nice person and we enjoyed knowing her years ago. God be with all during this time of sadness.

  • smithton
  • Illinois
Marilyn Mullins said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2018 at 2:12 PM

My condolences to the Parrish and Kamper families. Marilyn Bisoux Mullins

  • Thornton
  • CO
Paul Stolly said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 2:57 PM

Herschel and Family, Please know that I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. God's Words in Holy Scripture remind us, "For if we have grown into union with Him through a death like His, we shall also be united with Him in the resurrection." - Romans 6:5 May our God grant Elaine eternal rest in Heaven until we see her again with Christ Jesus our Lord. And "May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." - 2 Thessalonians 3:16

  • Powell
  • Ohio
Dale and Laurie Dudek said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Our prayers are with you all in your time of grief!

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Liz & Adrian R. said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Parrish family.

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Leroy Smith said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 2:09 PM

I am sorry to here about the passing of Mrs,Elaine,she was one of kindest people you could ever meet in your life.She will be greatly missed by all.

  • Vinita Park,
  • MO. 63114
Dennis & Marianne Baldridge said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2018 at 1:50 PM

Just wanted you and your family to know that we are deeply saddened by your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Rex Bartelmay said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Herschel & family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Gone but never forgotten..

  • Morton
  • IL
Faith Ovrebo Wesolik said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2018 at 5:44 PM

Dear Herschel and family, I cannot fully express the sorrow I feel for you at this time. I am thinking about you, and praying for you as you mourn Elaine's passing. Always keep your wonderful memories of Elaine close, remembering her has a faithful wife and loving mother. With much Love. Faith and Larry Wesolik

  • Lakeville
  • MN
Gabe (Gagnon) Schwemmer said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2018 at 4:44 PM

Words cannot express how truly sorry I am for your loss. I thank God we had such a wonderful day at the pool with her. She was the same mom I remembered her as growing up. You were so blessed to have her, as were all of us who knew her.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Lisa (Becherer) Otten said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2018 at 2:49 PM

I was truly saddened to hear of Elaine's passing. She was a strong and caring person, as well as a wonderful boss. The entire Parrish family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and provide strength during this difficult time.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Gloria and Benny Lang said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2018 at 2:11 PM

My heart felt sorrow to the family. We were in Band Parent's many years ago in Freeburg together.

  • Oakdale
  • Illinois
Rick Penny said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2018 at 12:54 PM

I am so very sorry to learn of Mrs. Parrish passing. She was a wonderful person with a big heart.

  • Caseyville
  • IL
Mandy Hellige said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Deepest sympathy to you Herschel and your family

  • Breese
  • IL
Laurie Watkins said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2018 at 1:25 AM

So sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing! I will not forget how her spunky, vivacious smile lit up a room, or a picnic, or a barbecue, or a meeting, or an office, or a church...Yes! All those places she strode confidently into and transformed! I send love to you all and regrets I cannot join in the celebration of her homecoming. I offer prayers and a heartfelt thank you for sharing the joy of Elaine! Love Laurie

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Jerry, Margie Townley said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 8:49 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Heaven gained a huge angel for sure, a pure 100% true heart that loved all walks of life and bent over backwards to help anybody and everyone in time of need. Elaine was small but mighty and will be missed by everyone. May God wrap you in his arms threw your sorrow and lead you with the wonderful memories Elaine has left behind, her love and attitude for life has touched us hugelly, may we all follow her lead in the love she had for all of us, family, friend, stranger it did not matter she reached out to all. We deeply respected her and loved her with all our heart. RIP ELAINE!!!!!!!!!

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Claire and Richard Rodden said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 8:10 PM

For the countless number of drivers who have worked at Parrish, Elaine was known as "Mother." Indeed, the family, community and employees have suffered a tremendous loss. Our condolences and prayers to all.

  • Lenzburg
  • IL
Linda Haudrich said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 7:32 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Elaine's passage. Herschel and Doug and family you all have my deepest sympathy. She was a beautiful, strong, and loving person. She will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Denny Schwartz said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 5:53 PM

With great sadness and sympathy I write this message to a family that I have known for well over 30 years. Herschel and Elaine were customers who grew quickly into friends. My heart goes out to Herschel and the family in your time of sadness. Denny Schwartz Roemer Insurance

  • Toledo
  • Ohio
Mulch Mfg. said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 4:56 PM

Our condolences to the Parrish Family, Elaine was a great woman and we valued our relationship and enjoyed her visits to the office. Prayers for comfort and strength.

  • Reynoldsburg
  • Ohio
Kendra said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 4:54 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Elaine. She was a wonderful person who loved everyone around her. She was truly a leader to admire with family and community. Prayers to the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
John Mayer said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 4:42 PM

We are truly sorry to hear of your familys loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I feel like I should have more to say, but I'm at a loss for words. Elaine and your family have done so much for me and mine...if theres anything we can do, don't hesitate to get in touch

  • Lockwood
  • Missouri
Rebecca Mahoney said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 4:18 PM

We are sorry to hear of the loss of Elaine, what a beautiful person both inside and out. We always looked forward to seeing Elaine and Hershel every year. I loved her smile, she will be missed. Rebecca Mahoney

  • Reynoldsburg,
  • Ohio
Dave Smithers said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 2:49 PM

The entire Customer Service and Transportation team at Johnson Controls in Holland, OH sends their condolences to the Parrish family. We have enjoyed the annual visits by Herschel and Elaine and will miss the joy Elaine brought with her every visit.

  • Holland
  • OH
Mandy Daubach (Moeser) said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 2:31 PM

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the entire Parrish family. Elaine had a very influential role in the community of Freeburg. She was a leader and one of the biggest advocates of the education system in our great town. Our school system would not be what it is today without her positive influence, dedication and hard work. She was a strong supporter of the quality of education our students receive, but she also was dedicated to the promotion of our wide range of athletic programs. Our community has lost a great role model and fundamental part of our school system but, her legacy will live on through her wonderful children and grandchildren for years to come. Many prayers and thoughts will be with all of you for the months to come as you grieve the loss of such an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother. Peace be with each of you on this difficult journey ahead. I hope knowing the profound influence she had on our community brings each you comfort. Again, so very sorry for your loss. She will always be remembered and thought of fondly for many years to come. Sincerely, Mandy Daubach (Moeser)

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Allen & Dora Garland said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Sending our sincere sympathies and prayers to a wonderful family. Remembering Elaine as a gracious, kind, and caring person.

  • Edwards
  • MO
Cyndi and Mike Muehlhauser said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 1:22 PM

A life well lived. We are very sorry to learn of Elaine’s passing. And pray to our Father to extend comfort, peace and strength to the family in the days to come.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Richard and Linda sanders said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Please accept our condolences for the loss of Elaine. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you as you adjust to a life without her. Pray God with bless you with his grace.

  • Freeburg
  • I’ll.
Ed and Carol Groth said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 12:23 PM

Sorry to hear this. Hope you and your family think of the good times. Elaine was a wonderful person.

  • Richmond
  • KY
Amanda (Mandy) Huffman said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 11:50 AM

I'm truly sorry for your families loss she was a beautiful woman My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.. God bless

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Rex and Elinor Egelston said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 11:37 AM

Our deepest sympathies to Herschel, Doug, Debbie, Tammy and Donna. Our community lost a woman of great courage, compassion and dignity.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Cindi Miles said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 2:47 AM

We were so sorry to hear about Elaine's death. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Josh Payne said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 1:10 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Parrish family.

  • Owensboro
  • Kentucky
Bob Davis said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2018 at 12:55 AM

My sympathies and prayers to the entire family from a neighbor and school-mate of years ago.

  • Ontario
  • New York
Russ and JoAnn Kern said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2018 at 11:03 PM

Herschel and family, we are so sorry to hear this news. She was a dear person and our family thought highly of her. Our prayers for all of you. God Bless.

  • Freeburg
  • Ilinois

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