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Elizabeth M. Parrott, 94, of Norman, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 10. Mrs. Parrott was born October 5, 1922, in Cherry Valley, AR, to Jacob Dudley Maddox and Lena Elizabeth (Harvey) Maddox. She attended Ouachita Baptist University, graduating with a double major in English and History. She fell in love with her biology lab partner and married John Henry Parrott, on August 27, 1943, in Harrisburg, AR. Mrs. Parrott worked as a secretary while John began his training in the ministry at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY.
As their family began to grow, her primary task became raising their four children. Mrs. Parrott gracefully filled the role of pastor's wife as Dr. Parrott served in ministry in Oolitic, IN, Las Cruces, NM, Palestine, TX, and Roswell, NM. She actively participated in youth and adult organizations in each congregation, in addition to hosting countless dinners, receptions, and socials in their home. During these busy years with children at home and beginning college, Mrs. Parrott taught middle school English, history, and Bible in New Mexico from 1967-1973. When they moved to California, she taught English to international students at a local community college and wrote a sixth grade textbook for use in Christian schools.
In 1987, Dr. and Mrs. Parrott retired from 50 years in the ministry to Norman where they became active members of the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Parrott taught English classes to the wives of international students at OU and enjoyed painting New Mexico and Arkansas landscapes.
In 1995, Mrs. Parrott wrote in her memoirs, "I am convinced that relationships are the keys to a fulfilling and happy life. First in importance is one's relationship to God. This faith has sustained me through good times and bad, and gives me hope for whatever the future holds in this life and in the life to come. My life is blessed in my marriage...in relationships with our children...and has added dimension because of our friendships. Any other accomplishments or personal honors along the way added extra flourishes, but the abiding fulfillment and joy has come because of these relationships. They have blessed my life beyond my power to describe."
Mrs. Parrott was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Jean Maddox Lynch, son-in-law Everett Hullum, Jr. and grandson Benjamin Riddles, III. Mrs. Parrott is survived by her four children, Rebecca Hullum of Princeville, HI, Nancy Smith and her husband Dwight of Chickasha, John D. Parrott and his wife, Jeanne, of Noble, and Leila Parrott of Redwood City, CA; seven grandchildren, Michael Holcomb of Flower Mound, TX, James Long of Corinth, MS, Laura and Jeremy Freeman of Blacksburg, VA, Clarissa Riddles of Nashville, TN, Kathryn and Will Lawler and Sara Smith of Norman, and Nick Smith of San Carlos, CA; and ten great-grandchildren, Jimmy, Shane, and Dylan Holcomb of Flower Mound, TX, Sam, Luke, and Becca Freeman of Blacksburg, VA, Bláthnaid Purcell of Nashville, TN, and James, Ryan, and Allison Lawler of Norman.
Arrangements are under the direction of Primrose Funeral Home in Norman. Family will greet friends on Friday from 4-8 pm at Primrose Funeral Service. Services will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 1 pm at First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.primrosefuneralservice.com
Published on January 16, 2017
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