Martha Elizabeth Mobley Parish gloriously went to be with her Lord on July 13, 2018, in Highlands, North Carolina.
Martha was blessed with an extraordinary life! She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 16, 1916, to the late Mary Layton Mobley and Louis Mobley. After working for Southern Bell, Martha married Dr. Frank Mathews Parish in 1940. During the war years while her husband served overseas in Africa, England, and Europe, she did secretarial work at the Ordinance Training Center in Atlanta.
In 1946 the couple moved to Orlando, Florida, where together they established Frank’s medical practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology. They became members of The Country Club of Orlando and the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Martha was also an active member of The Rosalind Club.
Martha and Frank traveled extensively throughout the world and also enjoyed vacation homes in New Smyrna, Florida, and in Highlands, North Carolina, where they were long-time members of The Highlands Country Club. After Frank retired, they built a home in Highlands where they spent their summers. Following her husband’s death in 1994, she moved to Chestnut Hill, a retirement community in Highlands. She was a member of the Highlands United Methodist Church and the Bascom Center for the Arts where she worked as a volunteer for many years. She was also involved in many fundraising events for the Highlands/Cashiers Hospital.
Martha’s interests and talents were wide and deep. She enjoyed golf, needlework, gardening, bridge, the N Y Times crossword puzzles, Words with Friends, cats and poodles. She was an accomplished artist, working in watercolor and pastels, and many of her pieces hang in the homes of friends and family.
In addition to being preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Martha was preceded in death by her brother Louis Mobley, her brother-in-law Raymond Graham, her sister-in-law Betty Parish Graham, her cousin Layton Carson, and her niece Dianne Peters.
Martha is survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Mobley, her niece Patricia Graham, her nephew Kerry(Phyllis) Graham, her nephew Dennis (Fay) Mobley, her nephew Richard Mobley, her niece Karen Mobley and her husband Ray, her nephew Chris (Debbie) Mobley, her goddaughter Sallie Douglas, and her many friends.
A private burial took place July 21, 2018, at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.
A Celebration of Life will be held in her honor on July 27, 2018, at Highlands United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Celebrants are invited to visit with the family after the service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Martha’s memory to Cashiers/Highlands Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.
Online condolences may be sent to www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Parish family.
Cashiers Highlands Humane Society
PO Box 638, Cashiers NC 28717