Dorothy Parry received her gift of eternal life on August 27, 2022, surrounded by her children at her home in Morganville, Kansas.
Dorothy was born on the family farm South of Palmer, KS on January 22, 1927, to Emil and Emma (Meyer) Ohlde. She enjoyed her childhood on the farm with her older brother, Elmer, and older sisters, Edna and Florence. She was baptized on January 30, 1927, and later confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Palmer, KS. She attended St John’s Lutheran School and later the Wichita Business College in Wichita, KS. After completing her schooling, she worked at Union State Bank in Clay Center.
On December 4, 1949, she married Floyd Parry. They started their married life on a farm South of Clay Center and in 1956 moved to a farm North of Morganville. In 1983 they moved to their five acre beautifully landscaped property in Morganville. Dorothy was a wise, patient mother to her eight children and a hard-working partner to Floyd on the farm. In addition to caring for her family, she drove a school bus route and an overnight mail route for the post office – sometimes both on the same day.
She lived her life centered around her Christian faith. She was a faithful, active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clay Center. Over the years she taught Midweek school, Sunday school, Vacation Bible school and was a member of Friendship Circle. She was a good friend to her neighbors and an involved member of her community and her local Lions Club. Dorothy enjoyed flower gardening. Her park-like yard has been the location of the Easter egg hunts in Morganville since 1985. She always used the Easter egg hunts to share the message, ‘He is Risen.’
Dorothy’s home in Morganville was the perfect place for many family gatherings, where all family and friends felt welcomed and loved. She always remembered the birth dates, baptism dates, and wedding anniversaries of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She had a closet full of dress-up play clothes, toys, and a playhouse in the back yard for the children. Dorothy genuinely enjoyed visiting with family, friends, and neighbors.
Dorothy was preceded in death by husband, Floyd; son, Curt; son-in-law, Layne Harris; sister, Edna, and her husband Gerhard Wiemers; brother, Elmer, and his wife, Mabel; and sister, Florence, and her husband, Ted Meyer.
She is survived by her children, Carol (Virgil) Gordon, Coleen (Paul) Sallee, Clarice (Royce) Ohlde, Craig (Terri) Parry, Cathy (Jim) Jones, Chris Bullard, Clay (Kelly) Parry, daughter-in-law Mary Parry, 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy dedicated her life to her Lord and her family. She will be missed by her family and friends, but we take comfort in knowing she will be wrapped in the love of Christ for all eternity.
Funeral Services: 10:30AM Friday, September 2, 2022, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clay Center, KS
Burial: Morganville Cemetery, Morganville, Kansas
Visitation: 4-7 PM Thursday, September 1, at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home
Memorial contributions may be made to St Paul Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour Ministries c/o the funeral home