CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Jean Elizabeth Parish, formerly of Oneonta, died on Feb. 9, 2013, at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ms. Parish was born in Oneonta on May 24, 1917, to W. Earl Parish and Maude Beck Parish of Oneonta.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Robert.
She is survived by her niece, Elizabeth Parish Rattrie and her husband, Neil of Jacksonville, Fla., and their three sons. In addition she is survived by her second cousins, Mildred Parish of Oneonta and George Shear and his wife, Diana of Troy.
Jean Parish attended Oneonta High School. She received her BA in Fine Arts from Ohio State University and a MFA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
After working as a designer in New York City and teaching at Drake University, Jean returned to Oneonta and was Professor of Art at the State University College of Oneonta. She also helped found the Upper Catskill Council of the Arts, where she served as a board member.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Parish was a practicing artist and exhibited widely, both locally and nationally. Three paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum in Utica. Other work is exhibited in the Hickory Museum, in Hickory, N.C., as well as with public and private owners.
After retiring from Oneonta State University in 1981, she moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., and then to Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1997. She continued to paint and create three-dimensional works.
A memorial service will be held at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ashes will be buried in the family burial plot in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ackland Art Museum, Campus Box 3400, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599 or the Carol Woods Charitable Fund, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or the charity of one’s choice.