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Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

Frances Ann Parrish, age 88, of Vandalia, passed away unexpectedly at 2 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.

Visitation was held from 1 p.m. until service time on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, Mo. A service was held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia.

Officiating was the Rev. Bob Balwanz. Music was provided by Mike Ray – pianist. Interment was in the Vandalia Cemetery.

Frances Ann Parrish was born on February 25, 1924 in St. Louis the daughter of Dr. John Conley and Mary Alice (Hanna) Parrish.

She was a graduate of Vandalia High School with the Class of 1940. Frances Ann attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, majoring in history and French and graduated with an AB degree in 1944.

She then returned to Vandalia to help care for her father in the late days of World War II. Following his death, she and her sister attended Stanford University in California until her sister’s marriage there.

After secretarial training in Chicago, she returned to Bryn Mawr College in 1946 to begin a master’s program involving research in history at Washington, D.C.

With health problems, she returned again to Missouri, lived and worked in Columbia, Mo. until an auto accident required home care in Vandalia.

After her mother’s death in 1974, Vandalia became her permanent residence and she lived in the more than century old home on West State Street. Frances Ann maintained memberships in the local chapters of D.A.R. and P.E.O. and was a life member of the American Association of University Women and the State Historical Society of Missouri.

She enjoyed the farm planning of her family’s 320 acre farm and the continuance of family history in Vandalia through the Vandalia Area Historical Society. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mary Ellen Erickson. Survivors include one nice, Mary Christine Erickson of Rocklin, Calif. Memorials please to the First Presbyterian Church of Vandalia or to the donor’s choice.