Carmen Perez Parrish |

Carmen Perez Parrish

Carmen Perez Parrish, a longtime Burbank, Calif., and Lake Tahoe, Nev., resident, died Aug. 27, 2004, following a brief illness, surrounded by her family.

Born April 16, 1931, in El Paso, Texas, she was the only daughter of Frank and Herlinda Perez. Moving to Southern California as a young child, she spent her formative years between Long Beach, Calif., and Lake Tahoe, Nev. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, she attended the University of Southern California, where she was president of Delta Delta Delta sorority. At USC, she met and married Paul R. Parrish Jr., and settled in Burbank to raise a family and work as a reading specialist. Active in many volunteer organizations, she contributed to the Trojan League of Los Angeles, College Alumni, National Charity League, USC Northern Nevada Alumni Club and various children’s literary causes. As an accomplished hostess, she devoted herself to her family, grandchildren, many friends, the community and with extreme vigor, the USC football team.

She is survived by her husband, Paul R. Parrish Jr. of Zephyr Cove, Nev.; her four children, Paige R. Parrish (Peggy), Pamela Penrose (Jim), Lori Parrish (Steve Hobbs), Cammie Parrish Rago (Marco), and six grandchildren, Blake, Alexandra, Alana, Bridget, Andrew and Kelsey.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Pacific Club, 4100 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, Calif.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the USC Northern Nevada Alumni Club, Carmen Parrish Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Gary Cook, 3289 Dartmouth Court, Carson City, NV 89703.

Arrangements are by McFarlane Mortuary.