Terry Kathryn Parrish, age 68 passed away on January 3, 2021. She was born June 30, 1952 in Dallas, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father Taylor Kenneth Locke, her mother Virginia Dell Bowles Locke and sister, Cheryl Howard. She is survived by her daughter Monica Hardman; grandchildren Collin, Seth, Emily and Grayce; her brother Larry Locke and wife Linda, and her sister Tracy Custer "Ethel". Terry is also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.
Terry received an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Services, a Bachelor of Science in Human Services at Ottawa University, a Master of Science in Human Services from Capella University and a Master of American History from Southern New Hampshire University.
In 2017, after 20 years of service, Terry retired from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. While there, she served as the Registrar and Director of Admissions. She also served as an adjunct professor continuing her passion to help others in their quest to learn.
Terry was very proud of the time she spent working as a Playboy Bunny at the Playboy Club in Dallas, Texas from 1977-1981.
Terry touched the lives of so many people. She was described as bringing laughter, joy, friendship and love to others. She was inspirational and had the most kind and loving heart always going above and beyond to care for the needs of others. Terry was beautiful inside and out. She was witty but could easily be spontaneous and sarcastic which drew people to her even more. The world will not be the same without her smile, her laugher and her amazing sense of humor only she had.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Lake Pointe Church, 701 E. I-30, Rockwall, TX.
In lieu of flowers, her daughter requests donations are made to Friends of the Texas State Vietnam Veterans Memorial P.O. Box 155 Cranfills Gap, Texas 76637. This organization maintains the memorial located at 1001 1st Ave in Dallas, Texas honoring Texans who served and sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. Terry was an avid supporter of all veterans however; she had a special place in her heart for Vietnam Veterans-particularly John and Jim Parrish.
Please bring a mask and maintain proper social distancing during the service.
Services entrusted to Charles W. Smith & Sons of Sachse, Texas.