Loraine Parry

June 18, 1927 ‒ January 22, 2018

Ashland, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Loraine Parry, age 90, a woman of prayer and faith in Christ, a devoted wife and helpmate of Stanton Parry, a mother of unconditional love to her children, and an educator, died on January 22, 2018 at the Brethren Care Village in Ashland, Ohio.  She previously resided in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Loraine Parry was born in Dumas, Texas, the daughter of Barney and Daisy Davidson. She obtained an undergraduate degree from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas and a master’s degree in home economics from Michigan State University. She was married to Stanton Parry for 57 years and served with him in Christian higher education. She was an assistant professor of home economics at Belmont College and Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee. She was the founding head of the Home Economics Department at Mount Vernon Nazarene College in 1974 and served there until her retirement in 1992.  Christian education was important to her and she taught Sunday school beginning as a teenager and continuing throughout her life, including 17 years at First Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

She is survived by her son David (Pam) Parry of Glenwood, Maryland; daughter Teresa (Gordon) Swain of Ashland; 5 grandchildren; brothers Cecil Davidson, Joe Davidson, Jim Davidson and Jack Davidson, and sister Jean Taylor.

Friends may call on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon where a service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 beginning at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jack Christner officiating. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 800 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

To share a memory or an expression of sympathy to the family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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  • To my dear sister, BEULAH LORAINE (DAVIDSON) PARRY, the empty place in our hearts left by your departure will always remain. Yet, the full, complete and CERTAIN knowledge of your incredible devotion to our Lord, Jesus Christ, will present us with come comfort and the certainty of a peace that just goes beyond our human understanding!
    The accomplishments and impacts that you and your incredible husband, Stan, left on this earth are beyond adequate description. THANK YOU for your faith, your energy, your devotion and your motivation and unceasing efforts to spread the love of our Dear Lord and to assist so, so MANY in their education.
    To David, Pam and Teresa, Gordon and so many beautiful offspring, Loraine’s “Baby Brother,” Jack and my dear wife, Jo Ann, we extend all of our family love, our Christian love and considerable prayers for your strength and comfort and peace at this difficult time. May God bless and keep each of you.

  • A Tribute to My Dear Friend, Loraine

    I met Loraine Parry shortly after coming to MVNU in 1976. I remember her as always gracious, kind, friendly, professional, and deeply committed to The Lord and her family. She encouraged me to work in the church nursery at First Church, where we shared many special and sometimes funny experiences, caring for new babies and little one- and two-year olds. In the 1980s, Loraine and Stan invited us to their home for a Bible Study with some other young couples. We looked forward to those shared times of searching Scripture and praying together, and our friendship deepened as the years progressed. Loraine was both a peer and a mentor to me. As a young mother with two small girls, her advice was invaluable. I remember once while we were talking on the phone, I was dismayed when I looked into the dining room and saw my 18 month old chewing on the arm of my new dining room chair. She told me that someday those teeth marks would be a precious reminder of our little one. How right she was! That sweet memory is embedded in my heart. She was a wise women! I treasured her good advice and, especially, her prayers for my children. It was a privilege, in turn, to pray for David and Teresa (and later, the grandchildren), and I well remember how grateful she was when Pam and Gordon joined the family. I always knew the focus of her heart and what brought her true joy–her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was so proud of Stan, David, and Teresa, and she loved to share the cute stories about her grandchildren and their special accomplishments. She was a dedicated professor, but her family always came first. She was very proud of her Texas family heritage and dearly loved her sister and brothers and valued their times together. Loraine was also a fabulous cook. We loved the delicious dinners she served. In fact, enjoying special meals and fun times at the Parry’s was the first memory my daughter mentioned today when I told her about Loraine’s passing. She taught me how to make cream pies and shared sewing tips (even helping me figure out how to make a stuffed nylon-headed doll during a trip to a conference), and some of her favorites recipes soon became ours–her sweet potato soufflé is a tradition on Thanksgiving and Christmas in both ours and our daughters’ homes. Loraine was a perfectionist. I well remember the hours she spent making Teresa’s wedding gown and the time she spent studying weekly to teach her Sunday School class. She was a model of Christian love and humility. I feel so very blessed to have had such a wonderful friend for so many years. My heart goes out to her family. She loved each of you so very much, and I have seen your love, in turn, demonstrated toward her over the years. What a wonderful heritage you have in your Godly mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and sister. May God fill your hearts with peace and sweet memories of your dear mother, grandmother, and sister.

    With love and sympathy to her family,

  • We are sad to hear the news of Lorraine’s passing. We know she was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother Our thoughts are with our cousins David and Teresa and their families now during this difficult time.
    Becky and Mike Goss and family.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Loraine. She was always so friendly and fun when Stanton and her would come to the Barbershop. She always filled the room with joy. Your family is in our thoughts and prays. Charlie Laymon

  • My Dear Aunt Loraine was such an amazing woman. She always had a kind word, and a lovely way of making people feel comfortable and loved. She was always so attentive to her family. She managed a career and a wonderful home. She was an excellent role model.She will be missed dearly. My love and thoughts go out to my dear cousins Teresa and David and their families.

  • David, Teresa and families,
    I am so sorry to hear the sad news of Loraine’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time.
    Your cousin,
    Kristi Parry

  • David, Teresa, and family,
    Aunt Loraine was truly an inspiration to me! As I was growing up, my father would tell me so many wonderful stories about his sister–and how I should follow in her footsteps. He admired her so. Aunt Loraine’s footsteps were pretty huge. She made such an impact on all that she met. I did gain my degree in Home Economics and even though my degree took me into fashion merchandising, I always thought of her as my career progressed. I was so proud to be in her same field. So many beautiful memories of my aunt… I remember a dress in particular that she had worn on one of their visits to Amarillo. It was beautifully made and she looked so elegant. Everything about her was wonderful. I remember her telling us a story about David and Teresa fighting in the car one day. She had told them they were fighting like cats and dogs. Teresa apparently responded that she was the cat and David was the dog! I have never forgotten that and took that memory into my world of handling my son and daughter. I laughed so many times remembering. I loved Aunt Loraine so much and will forever hold her in my heart.
    Linn Davidson Thomas, niece

    • Thank you Linn. That is so special that you went in to Home Economics too. What a wonderful tribute.

  • Teresa and David,

    Your mom welcomed me into your home and family from the time I first started coming over in 5th grade. I could always count on her smile and sincere welcome, warm pie cooling on the counter, cold milk, and a happy, loving environment. She always seemed to me to be the ideal home-maker, which I mean as the highest compliment. Later, she would try to pass her wisdom about marriage and the family and cooking on to me and others at MVNC, and I realized how seamlessly she transitioned from home-maker and mom to professional teacher and church layperson. But I’ll always think of her in her most important role – loving wife and mother. She is the epitome of a gracious, Godly, Christian lady and an example of the Biblical woman of great worth (Proverbs 31). I know her kind teaching and ways will live on in her family and students.

    Much love


  • My thoughts and prayers for you and your family Teresa. Your mother was a very special professor at MVNU to me. She was extremely talented, knowledgeable, kind, compassionate and caring woman of God. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to have had classes under her. As a Family and Consumer Science teacher now I hope I am able to inspire my students like Mrs.Parry did with me. She will be greatly missed. Teresa thank you for sharing your mother with so many of us.

  • I have very fond memories of my Aunt Loraine as I was growing up. We didn’t see each other often, but she was fun to be with on the special occasions we did. I was always impressed with her sweetness and kindness and strong faith. My favorite memory was of your family visiting us. As we talked, she said she’d like to give me a gift. I expected a chocolate bar or gum, so imagine my surprise when she asked for a measuring tape. Two weeks later a package appeared with a very cute shorts and matching top set inside. I still remember my delight at the gift itself as well as her labor of love. She was a true follower of our Lord and a disciple maker. Our talks, along with her prayers and those of many others in the Davidson clan, planted the seeds of my faith.